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Publisher's Summary

From a beloved fantasy author comes this fresh feminist retelling of Sleeping Beauty about one girl destined for greatness - and the powerful sister ready to protect her by any means necessary.

Miriam may be the daughter of Queen Alethia of Tirendell, but she's not a princess. She's the child of Alethia and her previous husband, the King's Champion, who died fighting for the king, and she has no ambitions to rule. When her new baby sister, Aurora, heir to the throne, is born, she's ecstatic. She adores the baby, who seems perfect in every way. But on the day of Aurora's christening, an uninvited Dark Fae arrives, prepared to curse her, and Miriam discovers she possesses impossible power.

Soon, Miriam is charged with being trained in both magic and combat to act as chief protector to her sister. But shadowy threats are moving closer and closer to their kingdom, and Miriam's dark power may not be enough to save everyone she loves, let alone herself.

©2021 Mercedes Lackey (P)2021 Little, Brown Young Readers

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Huge Lackey fan, this did not satisfy

I love Lackey's works, so I bought this one without even thinking. Love her Valdemar Series, as well as the Elemental Masters series. I honestly thought based on the title that this was one of fairy tale classic spin off books that Lackey is really good at writing. I could not sink into this one. I felt that the story dragged on and on, with the main character training, and saving her sister, training and saving her sister and training again. Things finally picked up towards the end, but it didn't leave me with the inner satisfaction of having been transported into a new world that is a break from the current one. I found myself checking the clock multiple times "how much longer?" The character development was minimal I felt, little true adversary and evolvement.

The narrator was absolutely fantastic.

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one star off for volume variability

Great story, if a little too goody-goody. Great narration, but the volume shifts from whisper quiet to yelling loud are a problem. The first I couldn't hear without changing the volume and replaying. The second earned complaints from people in another room. Annoying.

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A great big bundle of meh

Obviously meant to be the start of a series, but it doesn't grip enough to make me interested in what's to follow. Performance is adequate, when Polly Lee isn't attempting to put on an accent -- then it becomes distracting.

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very disappointed.

I I'm sorry to say the story was boring, and the performance was not good either.

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Awesome new world

I always enjoy Mercedes Lackey. this particular book I can honestly say rates in the top 5. her character development it's spot-on and her winding of the original fairy tale throughout is extremely well done. there are a lot of fantasy creatures in this book which clearly adds to the depth of the story.

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A pleasure to listen to!

The story is riveting and the narration more than doubles the pleasure of listening to it. I own almost every Mercedes Lackey book and now I'll be collecting books narrated by Polly Lee. She more than narrates. She brings the story to life!

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Narrator was excellent. Gave a believable sound to the different characters. And of course Lackey is always a superb writer

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Excellent

Best she has written in years. I very much enjoyed this book. I hope this is book1 of a series.

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As expected from one of my favorite authors

Lovely story and retelling of a familiar classic. wonderful performance and reading made it throughly engrossing.

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Young reader's will enjoy

Any young reader (and older ones too) will enjoy getting lost in this tale. With the inclusion of knights, dragons, unicorns and fey folk this story incompasses it all. Loved it.

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All good

Very enjoyable story. Nicely performed. Liked it a lot. A bit of a new turn considering the usual habits of trolls