Borel, Prince of the Winterwood, embarks on a perilous journey through the land of Faery toward a confrontation with the dark forces of evil, drawn by his all-too-real dreams of a beautiful young woman in terrible danger. Reprint.
This version of sleeping beauty follows the prince through his many trials to save the princess from the evil witch that has enchanted her. I had not read the first part of McKiernan's fairy series so I did not know the details of the otherThis version of sleeping beauty follows the prince through his many trials to save the princess from the evil witch that has enchanted her. I had not read the first part of McKiernan's fairy series so I did not know the details of the other characters' stories, but since important information is repeated in this book and the focus lies on a different character that doesn't really matter much.
The main character, Borel, was likeable and his help; the sprite Flic and the Bee buzzer were unlikely and therefore an interesting choice. (I liked the bee more than Flic; most of the time Flic just yells 'look out!'). The realm in which this story is set is original and interesting, but still the story seems somewhat lacking. It did not keep my hooked as other fantasty stories do. The 'romance' was forced and the story had many cliche elements (due to neccesity, no doubt, as this is a fairy tale). As an extended version of Sleeping Beauty I find it lacking, since although the circumstances of the spell, the witch and the prince, Borel, are elaborated, this version does not really add much to the short version of Sleeping Beauty that we are familiar with. Most of the story the prince is either traveling or facing clichematic 'trials'. All in all, it was ok, but not remarkable besides the somewhat archaic but still enjoyable and understandable writing style....Continua Nascondi