The classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty is transformed into a dazzling new story of two sisters fighting a powerful curse by Diane Zahler, the acclaimed author of The Thirteenth Princess. Briskly paced and full of lush descriptions, readers who enjoy the work of Shannon Hale and Gail Carson Levine will be swept away by this spellbinding novel.
The daughters of Sleeping Beauty, Princesses Aurora and Luna, have grown up in a cliff-top palace by the sea, where they are carefully protected by their parents. No one visits, the girls cannot stray beyond the castle walls, and all sharp objects are forbidden here.
But accidents will happen—particularly when an old curse still has power. Soon, in spite of all precautions, Aurora is struggling not to slip into an enchanted sleep.
Frantic, the princesses accept the help of a young fisherman named Symon and embark on a daring ocean voyage to find their aunt—a fairy who may be able to break the spell. From fearsome beasts to raging storms, many dangers befall them, yet they must not give up . . . for if Aurora sleeps, she will not wake for one hundred years.
An interesting tale about a curse affecting the daughters of Sleeping Beauty, Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters takes us into the world of Princesses Aurora and Luna. Since the daughters were born, Sleeping Beauty has been living under the fear that something bad could happen. Hoping to protect the children, she makes the decision to stay inside the high walls of the castle and keep her children away from strangers. Can she really protect her daughters from harm and danger?
This is a quick read. For a middle-grade novel, I like that Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters shares many positive messages that are worthy for group discussion. The two princesses have very different personality and while they live in a highly protective environment, they aren’t spoiled or rotten. Being the younger of the two, Luna is a lot more carefree. She has an adventurous soul and I like that she’s very creative at finding new ways to support her sister. Aurora is not as jovial as her sibling but I like that she learns to overcome her weaknesses as she grows up. I think this is a fairly beautiful story and although this is not exactly a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, there are familiar elements. I think young readers will welcome this as an addition to their library. 🙂