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Briarheart by Mercedes Lackey
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Briarheart by Mercedes Lackey Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: October 5th, 2021
From beloved fantasy author Mercedes Lackey comes a fresh and feminist reinterpretation of Sleeping Beauty.
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.
From the desk of Gwendalyn Anderson
This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Thorns Are No Match For Sleeping Beauty’s Sister-Briarheart Mercedes Lackey –
A vivid younger YA retelling of Sleeping Beauty.
In this light hearted fantasy Princess Aurora is a baby, and the main character is her half-sister Miriam. Miriam will do everything in her power to protect her baby sister.
In a series of events at Aurora’s christening fifteen year Miriam doesn’t think twice when a dark Fae moves to cast a curse on the baby, Miriam blocks it. In doing so she discovers some very intriguing things about herself.
This time Lackey gives her audience a delightful, feminist perspective on an age old fairytale. She has created a wonderful slightly younger fantasy tale.
A quick read, that I enjoyed reading from start to finish
Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70’s she worked as an artist’s model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts & Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music.