Mercedes Lackey steps outside her Valdemar and urban elves worlds to bring us THE GATES OF SLEEP (4.5), a magical interpretation of Sleeping Beauty. Marina Roeswood lived with her beloved guardians since birth. They've raised her, trained her in the basics of Elemental Magic, but can do nothing to prevent her aunt from taking her when her parents die without leaving a will. Aunt Arachne says she's grooming Marina for a London season, yet Marina senses her aunt wants something more. Everything's herechristening gifts, thorn hedge, sleeping servantsbut with an innovative charm all Ms. Lackey's own. Using elemental magic instead of fairies updates this classic with verve. Her robust characters echo the English countryside setting, further distancing the tale from its French origins. (Apr., 352 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kelly Rae Cooper