Book View: Thornspell

Book View: ThornspellThornspell by Helen Lowe
Published by Knopf Books on September 9th 2008
Pages: 320
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Helen Lowe reimagines the Sleeping Beauty story from the point of view of the prince who is destined to wake the enchanted princess in this lush, romantic fantasy-adventure.

Prince Sigismund has grown up hearing fantastical stories about enchantments and faie spells, basilisks and dragons, knights-errant and heroic quests. He'd love for them to be true—he's been sheltered in a country castle for most of his life and longs for adventure—but they are just stories. Or are they?

From the day that a mysterious lady in a fine carriage speaks to him through the castle gates, Sigismund's world starts to shift. He begins to dream of a girl wrapped, trapped, in thorns. He dreams of a palace, utterly still, waiting. He dreams of a man in red armor, riding a red horse—and then suddenly that man arrives at the castle!

Sigismund is about to learn that sometimes dreams are true, that the world is both more magical and more dangerous than he imagined, and that the heroic quest he imagined for himself as a boy . . . begins now.

Short & Sweet: Thornspell is the tale of Sleeping Beauty, only from the Prince's point of view. And some added elements. This one had a bit of a slow start for me, but about 100 pages in, the adventure picks up and the characters really made me keep reading. Sigismund is an interesting character, having been born as a prince but grown up away from the mainland, and closer to the enchanted forest. He starts dreaming of a sleeping princess after a lady visits and tries to give him a token of affection. Soon, after Sigismund has grown up he finds out there is more to this story than just rescuing a girl, an adventure with magic awaits him and he must figure out who is the villian and who to save.
 
Final Verdict: An interesting spin on Sleeping Beauty that brought more adventure to the tale.
 
 
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