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THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
by Mercedes Lackey

Genre: Fantasy

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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

Publisher: LUNA

Published: July 2010

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