The Sleeping Beauty by Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey has been a favorite author for years, ever since I picked up the first novel of Valdemar, but I have fallen in love with her Five Hundred Kingdoms series. The Sleeping Beauty made me laugh so hard I cried. These books have just the right mix of action, humor, and fantasy.

The driving force behind all these stories is THE TRADITION and the fairy godmothers. Imagine living in the Five Hundred Kingdoms where lives are directed to follow the path of traditional fairy tales, and now imagine you have other ideas for how life should go. “That’s the prince I’m supposed to marry and live Happily Ever After with? Uh uh. No way. No how.” I love it.

Along with the more recognizable fairy tales, in this novel Lackey adds another dimension by pulling in some Norse traditional tales. I really enjoyed the novelty while still laughing at the inside jokes as she poked fun at Snow White and Sleeping Beauty.

If you thought you were a fan of fairy tales before, you have to experience Lackey’s take on the genre. She takes the traditional stories we all grew up on and twists them on their head in the most delightful way. Involuntary outbursts of laughter in public places are a possible side effect. Read with caution unless in the privacy of your own home.

If you enjoy this book, I highly recommend any of her Valdemar series. It is a fantasy world you can easily get lost in.

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