The Sleeping Beauty : Five Hundred Kingdoms

  • by Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by Gabra Zackman
  • Series: Five Hundred Kingdoms
  • 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mercedes Lackey magical A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series continues with a captivating new adventure…
Heavy is the head - and the eyelids - of the princess who wears the crown....
In Rosamund's realm, happiness hinges on a few simple beliefs. For every princess there's a prince. The King has ultimate power. Stepmothers should never be trusted. And bad things come to those who break with Tradition....
But when Rosa is pursued by a murderous huntsman and then captured by dwarves, her beliefs go up in smoke. Determined to escape and save her kingdom from imminent invasion, she agrees to become the subject of one of her stepmother's risky incantations - thus falling into a deep, deep sleep.
When awakened by a touchy-feely stranger, Rosa must choose between Tradition and her future between a host of eligible princes and a handsome, fair-haired outsider. And learn the difference between being a princess and ruling as a Queen.

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Amazing - one of the best in the series

What did you love best about The Sleeping Beauty?

After reading and listening to many of Mercedes Lackey's books, I decided to try the Five Hundred Kingdom's series. I have listened to all but one and after the first "Fairy Godmother" this was by far the best. It had all of the great elements of a hero, princess, and villain, but nothing was quite as it seemed or too cookie cutter. I sat in my car for the last hour and a half to hear the whole story wrap up since I couldn't wait until my next commute. Definitely worth the time.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Siegfried - he lives by trying to do what is right and not always what is easy.


What about Gabra Zackman’s performance did you like?

She just has a soothing voice that lets you escape into the story.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I really liked when the godmother gets her man too.


Any additional comments?

Wonderful - now on to the next book in the series :)

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- grayfortress

*My favorite Mercedes Lackey, perfect narration*

This book completely captured my imagination and attention, as narrated by Gabra Zackman. I read the paperback copy of this a few years back, but listening to it through Audible was a whole new experience. Not only is it my favorite in the Five Hundred Kingdoms story, it is probably now my favorite of all Mercedes Lackey very large body of work. The narration is superb...akin to Jim Dale reading Harry Potter and Ralph Cosham as Inspector Gamache in Louise Penny's novels. The best of Mercedes Lackey is reflected in this novel, with superb plotting and highly compelling character development. Some books are better candidates than others for listening to, and this is in the very top echelon for a recorded listening experience. Outstanding!!!!
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- Holly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-09-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios