I picked this book up at the local library after reading the synopsis on another website. I have always enjoyed the tale of Sleeping Beauty and this cover and title just caught my eye. I was not really disappointed in the contents of these pages.
The first 100 pages were difficult to get through. The author was trying to set up the world she built which was one of historical accuracy and other things that just needed to be put down before the book got going. When it did get going after that initial page count it went almost full speed ahead. I liked that the author kept the princess’s name as Rose, and that she only changed what we would know the character of Maleficent’s name to Millicent although I must confess I had the Disney version of Maleficent in my mind whenever Millicent came up in the story which was actually quite fun.
I enjoyed the pacing of this book and how Ms. Blackwell was able to weave what we all know as a fairy tale into a believable “could have happened” story because she took an aspect of history (the plague) and put it right into the story. It was not only seamless but it fit the entire idea of the prose to boot. I was taken aback at some of the scenes, but I also enjoyed that a woman named Elise kept Rose alive and not some man. It gave another great element to this story and made it even more believable despite being fiction. I would recommend this book to anyone who, like me enjoys historical fiction and especially if you like the fairy-tale of Sleeping Beauty. 4/5 Stars!