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The Sleeping Beauty by Mercedes Lackey
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Oct 08, 2011

really liked it
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The Sleep­ing Beauty is the 5th book in the 500 King­dom series, and is extremely enjoy­able. While not a book I would rec­om­mend for first-time read­ers of the series, it adds more depth into the world that have always left you won­der­ing. The 500 King­doms is about the God­mother Lily as much as it is about Princess Rosa, and Seigfried. Lily is a fun God­mother to read about, as she’s been watch­ing over her spe­cific King­dom for 300 years already, and is used to manip­u­lat­ing The Tra­di­tion into doing what she wants.

The Sleep­ing Beauty is about what hap­pens when Rosa and Lily try to thwart The Tra­di­tion (a force of magic which is deter­mined to see the clas­sic Faerie Tales come true) and cre­ate their own happy end­ing. Lily has been God­mother of the King­dom for gen­er­a­tions, and she is deter­mined to avoid some of the less pleas­ant end­ings for Rosa, and to keep the King­dom from going to war with any or all its 5 neigh­bors. In order to pre­vent this from hap­pen­ing, Lily invites Princes and adven­tur­ers from all over the world, and using them as Royal Hostages. To gain from this for the Princes, is Rosa’s hand. Her King­dom is extremely wealthy, and any Prince would ben­e­fit from becom­ing it’s King. Joining Lily and Rosa in the cast are Seigfried — a Prince who is set on defy­ing his own pre­des­tined path in The Tra­di­tion, and Leopold who is a sec­ond son cursed with being too likable.

Through­out the novel, char­ac­ters from ear­lier books in the 500 King­doms are casu­ally men­tioned, as the series rarely takes a direct sequel approach, and more com­monly just takes place within the same world. Char­ac­ters from tra­di­tional faerie tales also make appear­ances here and there, such as The Frog Prince, and a twist on the seven dwarves.

I always have a lot of fun read­ing books from this uni­verse, and they are a good light and funny read. Mer­cedes Lackey rarely dis­ap­points, and I would rec­om­mend this to any fan of retold Faerie tales, with just a rec­om­men­da­tion to start ear­lier in the series for those new to it.

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