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Thornspell by Helen Lowe
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Jan 11, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2008, best-reads-2008, best-children-s-books-older-readers
Read in November, 2008

Some adults really delight in reading fantasy for children or young adults. Those adults should quickly snatch up this book! Which is not to say that it's not good for children, just that it's one of the special class of youth fantasy that should not get overlooked by adult fantasy lovers.

It is nominally an expansion of "Sleeping Beauty" from the perspective of Price Sigismund, but it's so much more than that. This book takes many scattered elements -- enchanted and forbidden forests, The Fay both good and evil, dragons, fighting, hunting, the magic of dreams, dragons, good friends, servants, mysterious girls, people who are not what they seem, and on and on -- and weaves them into a coherent and absorbing narrative. And while it does all tie into the "Sleeping Beauty" story, it's really all about Sigismund, not the Princess or that castle/court.

Wonderful book. For grades 5-8 (and adults!)

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