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The 10th Kingdom (Hallmark Entertainment Books) (edition 2000)

by Kathryn Wesley

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Title:The 10th Kingdom (Hallmark Entertainment Books)
Authors:Kathryn Wesley
Info:Kensington (2000), Paperback, 479 pages
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After having just re-read this and watched the miniseries I feel that a review is in order!

The 10th Kingdom is a fantasy drama that incorporates the known and beloved Grimm's Fairy Tales along with modern New York. The story begins with two separate plot lines of Virginia and Tony in New York and Prince Wendell in the 4th Kingdom in a different (maybe parallel) universe which inevitably intertwine to tell the story of the 10th Kingdom.

The story opens with Virginia Lewis and her father, Tony who like on the edge of Central Park. Tony is a janitor in a nice apartment building and Virginia is a waitress who is jaded with life. She is convinced nothing exciting will ever happen to her. Meanwhile in another world where fairy tales aren't just stories, they're history, Prince Wendell the grandson of Snow White and heir to the 4th Kingdom is on his way to visit his evil stepmother in a maximum security prison because of reasons. The Queen, his stepmother, murdered his parents in her quest for power. At the prison Relish, the Troll King is busting his three children out of the jail when they encounter the Queen and her pet dog who they also release. The Queen has a plan to get back at Wendell for putting her in jail and to rule the 4th Kingdom.

She switched Wendell with her pet dog, so now the Prince is trapped in a dog's body and the poor dog is running around confused as Prince Wendell. The real Prince Wendell as a dog runs off and the Queen orders the three Troll children of Relish to capture him. Which causes the Queen to realize that they are a rather comical bunch and their bumbling antics will probably result in failure she looks for someone else to aid her in the prison. That's when she meets Wolf. A half-wolf, half-human inmate (only in for a bit of sheep worrying). She sends Wolf to capture the Prince who has lead the three trolls to the basement of the prison where when he knocks over this mirror it activates and reveals to be a magic portal to Manhattan.

The Prince goes through the mirror and Virginia accidentally crashes into him with her bike. Thinking he's just a stray dog she takes him with her to work and calls him "Prince". The trolls and Wolf also go through the mirror and try to track down Prince Wendell separately. Through a bunch of rather strange events Virginia and Tony end up going back through the mirror with Prince Wendell and embark on a journey to find the mirror and go back home and maybe save the 9 Kingdoms and return Prince Wendell to his throne and thwart the plan of the Queen.

I really love this miniseries and the book as well. It's kind of the same spirit as Once Upon a Time the TV series where fairy tales come to life. I would actually recommend watching it first and then reading it because it makes it a little easier to understand some things but the book follows the miniseries almost completely so you can read the book first and then watch the miniseries. Heads up though, depending on what version of the miniseries you get be prepared for 6-8 hours of watching time.
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  oxlabyrinthxo | Jul 10, 2016 |
A woman, who’s lost her mother as a young child and now forced to work hard at her jobs in order to support her childish lazy father, suddenly finds herself thrust into another world full of magic and mythology. The hero, a werewolf who’s been hired by the evil queen to kill the heroine, is instantly stunned by his prey and her beauty and knows that not only could he never kill her but he wants her for himself. The heroine starts off strongly disliking the hero as he’s very aggressive with his affections and does and says things that hurt her or her family. But she does team up with him and her lazy father to find the mirror which is a portal to take her home. Together they have quite a few adventures and their travels takes them through different fairy tales and slowly the heroine starts to warm to the hero. He’s funny, awkward and more wolf than human as he’s clumsy with his courtship but you can see that he’s trying his best and doing what he thinks will win the heroine love. The heroine was a bit stuck up for most of the book and treated the hero as shit and was so wrapped up in her want to return home that she didn’t really care about anyone else’s problems. When they did finally get together, you get a chance to see that the hero can be a man and not always a childish boy. I did find it to be much more Fantasy than romance but I thought it was alright. Much preferred the mini series though. ( )
  Eden00 | May 14, 2016 |
Being a fan of the miniseries of which this book was the novelization, I was excited to find a used copy, hoping that the book might contain additional depth, deleted scenes, all of those little extras. What I found was a shallow, surface approach to the source material, which reminded me why I don't usually read novelizations.

The book felt as if it had been adapted directly from the shooting script, with bare description and dialogue tags added to construct a narrative. In places where it would have made sense to explore character motivations further, to give each character a distinct narrative voice, there was simply a depressing sameness. It was inoffensive and functional, but lacking in artistry.

That being said, the story itself had all the strength of the original--as well as its flaws. In sheer execution, the book probably doesn't deserve the two and a half stars I gave it, but my goodwill towards the story wouldn't allow me to rank it any lower.

Recommendation: For diehard fans of the miniseries, although a young reader who never saw it might find much to enjoy in the book. ( )
  shabacus | May 23, 2013 |
Easy, fun read. Unfortunately, I don't remember much more about it than that. Something else I might revisit, given my (rekindled?) interest in fairytales, retellings, and making new things out of old cloth. (Putting new wine in old bottles -- isn't that how someone puts it? Maybe Angela Carter?) ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
Fabulous companion to the mini-series I love so dearly. ( )
  leftik | Apr 3, 2013 |
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blurb:Romance, deceit, heroism, lies, adventure, and true love - just another day in the Big Apple? No way. Welcome to the 10th Kingdom.
Suppose you were on your way to work. Not a great job, just one that pays the bills. And suddenly you are in the middle of a fantastic adventure and running for your life.
You don’t believe it could happen? Well, it could, and in the 10th Kingdom, it does.
Embark on an odyssey that will grip your imagination, steal your heart - and leave you spellbound as only the very best story can.

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