Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Spindle's End

Spindle's End

Robin McKinley

Date: 2000   —   $5.85   —   Book

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Fiction, Fantasy

Where Beauty and Rose Daughter were retellings of Beauty and the Beast, Spindle's End is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. It is set in a country where magic is in the air, literally, and fairies to help control the dust problem are common. When the queen finally has a child, fairy godmothers are invited, and everyone hopes that the dire Pernicia who stood against the country's queen so long ago, is truly dead and no longer a problem. Naturally, this is not the case, and a young fairy from a distant town takes the child away to hide her, as ordinary folk are probably the best method to hide the child from Pernicia's search.

Rose grows up with many fairy gifts in strange ways— what good is a pleasant singing voice if you're tone deaf?— and as ordinary as she believes she is. But when the dire date approaches for the curse to be fulfilled, she plots with her fairy "cousin" and "aunt" to fool Pernicia and her magic, and fight her way through a hate that has four hundred years to grow strong. As is typical with McKinley, Rose is a strong character, and makes for entertaining reading.

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