A fun and lighthearted romp through a variety of fairy tales is a hallmark of this series, and Lackey does not disappoint. Rosa is an intelligent and practical-minded princess. The two heroes, Leopold and Siegfried, often wind up in slapstick situations, a highlight being a besotted
unicorn named Luna.

Rosa is a princess of Eltaria, one of the wealthiest kingdoms and, as such, subject to an extraordinary amount of attention from her neighbors — and from Tradition, the force that tries to make particular stories happen. In this case, it’s a combination of Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Ring Cycle. A series of tragic events leads to Rosa become an orphan and the prize in a competition to win her hand. Though this isn’t quite as awful as it seems, as Rosa is an active participant in designing the contests. (LUNA, Jul., 352 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs