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Spindle's End

Spindle's End

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A masterful retelling of "Sleeping Beauty." Cursed by the evil fairy Pernicia, Princess Briar-Rose is kidnapped by the young fairy Katriona in order to save her and is raised by Katriona and her aunt. But the determined Pernicia, intent on revenge for a defeat 400 years before, won't give up her search.
Publisher: New York : Putnam's Sons, 2000.
ISBN: 9780399234668
Branch Call Number: F MACK
Characteristics: 422 p.


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Jun 13, 2014

I read this book again and again and never get tired of it. It's a creative and unique, yet very down-to-earth retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I love the way that magic in the world of the characters is a powerful, dangerous, surprising, practical, uneasy and yet everyday, sometimes-nuisance TOOL. Characters are well-written from heroine right on down to the smallest animals.

Dec 25, 2011

A rich retelling of Sleeping Beauty, Robin McKinley creates a small group of characters that bring a simple tale to life. The world she creates is delightful, with the tendency for magic to crop up anywhere and fairies who are just like any other trades person. What I particularly enjoy is that Rosie is far from the image of perfection one would expect of a princess, especially one given gifts by fairies, and she is instead flawed and real. The only small issue I had was that there would occasionally be leaps in the plot or the introduction of a character without any real notice and I would attempt to spend time attempting to figure out if I'd missed something. Otherwise, a beautiful fairy retelling with a happy ending that will leave you smiling after you turn the last page.

Jun 29, 2011

I respect Robin McKinley's writing and am constantly amazed at her ability to make famous fairy tales into her own. This was her best fairy tale yet, in my opinion, and one of my favourite books -- I thought it was even better than Rose Daughter. The heroine is feisty and likeable, and the characters surrounding her are bold and heroic, and the world she lives in is delicious. A great, sweet, magical read indeed.

Jul 07, 2008

In this retelling of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, baby Rosie is whisked away and carefully hidden by fairies for nearly twenty-one years in an attempt to thwart the curse laid upon her by a vengeful evil fairy: That she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and fall into an eternal sleep.

I really enjoy McKinley's beautiful prose. Her descriptions are vivid and lifelike. However, I found the story in this retelling slow and a bit dry.

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