Spindle's End

Spindle's End

eBook - 2002
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Penguin Putnam
The evil fairy Pernicia has set a curse on Princess Briar-Rose: she is fated to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into an endless, poisoned sleep. Katriona, a young fairy, kidnaps the princess in order to save her; she and her aunt raise the child in their small village, where no one knows her true identity. But Pernicia is looking for her, intent on revenge for a defeat four hundred years old. Robin McKinley's masterful version of Sleeping Beauty is, like all of her work, a remarkable literary feat.

Baker & Taylor
Princess Rosie is whisked away into hiding by her forest friends as a baby in order to protect her from the evil fairy Pernicia's curse, but Pernicia's powers are strong, and Rosie's fairy and animal friends must do everything they can to save her. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: 2002
ISBN: 9781440624940
Branch Call Number: E-Book TEEN
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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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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