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Spindle's End (original 2000; edition 2002)

by Robin McKinley

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Title:Spindle's End
Authors:Robin McKinley
Info:Ace (2002), Mass Market Paperback
Collections:Your library
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Tags:fantasy sf, fairy tales, sleeping beauty, rose red

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Spindle's End by Robin McKinley (2000)

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Retelling of the Sleeping Beauty tale. Not my favorite of McKinley's fairy tales, but still worth reading to gain some new perspective on the old tale. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
In this version of Sleeping Beauty, Rosie grows up living with two fairies in the Gig and their extended family. She talks to animals and works at the blacksmiths as a type of horse whisperer (my word not theirs). She is a strong character and extremely tough. With the help of her animal friends and the blacksmith she defeats the evil fairy and leads a happy life. The group dynamics of this book are very interesting and people will enjoy meeting a wide variety of characters and watching the princess grow up into a strong young woman, and everyone getting their happily ever after in unexpected ways. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
In this version of Sleeping Beauty, Rosie grows up living with two fairies in the Gig and their extended family. She talks to animals and works at the blacksmiths as a type of horse whisperer (my word not theirs). She is a strong character and extremely tough. With the help of her animal friends and the blacksmith she defeats the evil fairy and leads a happy life. The group dynamics of this book are very interesting and people will enjoy meeting a wide variety of characters and watching the princess grow up into a strong young woman, and everyone getting their happily ever after in unexpected ways. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
In this version of Sleeping Beauty, Rosie grows up living with two fairies in the Gig and their extended family. She talks to animals and works at the blacksmiths as a type of horse whisperer (my word not theirs). She is a strong character and extremely tough. With the help of her animal friends and the blacksmith she defeats the evil fairy and leads a happy life. The group dynamics of this book are very interesting and people will enjoy meeting a wide variety of characters and watching the princess grow up into a strong young woman, and everyone getting their happily ever after in unexpected ways. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
In this version of Sleeping Beauty, Rosie grows up living with two fairies in the Gig and their extended family. She talks to animals and works at the blacksmiths as a type of horse whisperer (my word not theirs). She is a strong character and extremely tough. With the help of her animal friends and the blacksmith she defeats the evil fairy and leads a happy life. The group dynamics of this book are very interesting and people will enjoy meeting a wide variety of characters and watching the princess grow up into a strong young woman, and everyone getting their happily ever after in unexpected ways. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
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To the Lodge, my Woodwold and to the other Dickinsons who love it too.
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The magic in that country was so thick and tenacious that it settled over the land like chalk-dust and over floors and shelves like slightly sticky plaster-dust.
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Small spider weave on a silver sleeve,
Oh, weave your grey web nearer.
From a golden crown let your silk hang down,
For lost, lost, lost is the wearer.
Magic can't do everything.
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The princess has been missing since she was a baby. And Rosie, an ordinary girl, is growing up in an unremarkable little village far away from the royal city.

Unremarkable, that is, in a land where magic is so common that it settles over everything like dust. But a fairy curse is the kind of magic that nobody wants, beacuse it always comes true. And Rosie cannot stay ordinary for ever...
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0441008658, Mass Market Paperback)

Renowned fantasy writer Robin McKinley, author of the lush "Beauty and the Beast" retellings Beauty and Rose Daughter, has produced another re-mastered fairy tale, this time about the dreamy Sleeping Beauty. Much like in the original story, the infant princess, here named Rosie, is cursed by an evil fairy to die on her 21st birthday by pricking her finger on a spindle. That same day, Rosie is whisked away into hiding by a peasant fairy who raises her and conceals her royal identity. From that point on, McKinley's plot and characterization become wildly inventive. She imagines Rosie growing up into a strapping young woman who despises her golden hair, prefers leather breeches to ball gowns, and can communicate with animals. And on that fateful birthday, with no help from a prince, Rosie saves herself and her entire sleeping village from destruction, although she pays a realistic price. In a final master stroke, McKinley cleverly takes creative license when the spell-breaking kiss (made famous in "Sleeping Beauty") comes from a surprising source and is bestowed upon the character least expected.

Although the entire novel is well written, McKinley's characterization of Rosie's animal friends is exceptionally fine. Observations such as "...foxes generally wanted to talk about butterflies and grasses and weather for a long time while they sized you up," will spark reader's imaginations. It won't be hard to persuade readers of any age to become lost in this marvelous tale; the difficult part will be convincing them to come back from McKinley's country, where "the magic... was so thick and tenacious that it settled over the land like chalk dust...." Highly recommended. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert

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The infant princess Briar Rose is cursed on her name day by Pernicia, an evil fairy, and then whisked away by a young fairy to be raised in a remote part of a magical country, unaware of her real identity and hidden from Pernicia's vengeful powers.

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