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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.
©2010 Mercedes Lackey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Krystal on 04-24-17

Not the same as the actual book

I'm rather disappointed in this version of the story. I've read the actual book. There are whole scenes missing in this audio book. And some of those scenes are fairly important. If you haven't read the actual book I wouldn't recommend this at all.
I mean the story is fine and can be followed even with the missing pieces but it doesn't flow as well as the original and there are some strange time gaps.
I'm disappointed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By grayfortress on 07-23-13

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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2 out of 5 stars
By CeNedra Red on 09-23-16


Would you try another book written by Mercedes Lackey or narrated by Gabra Zackman?

I am a big fan of Gabra Zackman, so I would most definitely listen to some other audio book narrated by her. I'm not so sure about Mercedes Lackey however.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mercedes Lackey again?

As I've already said I don't know. I have read book written by Mecedes Lackey, and they were not bad. Perhaps its just this one series of books that doesn't appeal to me. I found them excruciatingly boring.

Have you listened to any of Gabra Zackman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes I have listen to other performances by Gabra Zackman, and I think she is a superb narrator. As with the other audio books Ms Zackman has narrated, she has done a wonderful job with what I consider very poor material. In fact, her performance was the only thing that kept me listening to the end of the book.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The only redeeming feature was Gabra Zackman's narration. The book was just too dull.

Any additional comments?

It may be obvious that I am a fan of Gabra Zackman. It was Ms Zackman's narration that kept me listening to this, and the other books in this series, because the books themselves are very slow and boring. In each of the audio books in this series, you have between 9 and 12 hours of listening time, and in each of the books, only about the last hour and a half to two hours has anything like action going on, the rest of the time seems to be spent setting the scene. In truth, if not for some more adult scenes, I would have thought that these books were written for young children, as they were at times a little on the silly side. All in all, these books are not for me, and I will be returning them so that I can purchase something more interesting. I will definitely look out for other titles narrated by Gabra Zackman, but I'm not so sure about Mercedes Lackey.

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