If you love fairy tales, then you need to check out some of Robin McKinley's older books. She has reworked several classic stories with a novel twist. While I highly recommend both of her renditions of Beauty and the Beast (books entitled Beauty and Rose Daughter) my favorite is Spindle's End which is based off the story of Sleeping Beauty.
Spindle's End takes the story of Sleeping Beauty and turns it on it's head. Unlike traditional versions of the story, the protective fairy godmothers have no connection to the royal family and gain the custodianship of the princess almost by accident.
I don't wish to ruin the book for anyone, so I will simply tell you that everything from the gifts bestowed by other fairy godmothers to the confrontation with the evil fairy gets a unique twist. Romance, friendship, family, and community are entertwined with communicating animals and a magic-infested land in a quirky, fresh story.
|Robin McKinley with her hellhounds.|
Some of my favorite giggles came with the questions "Why are all your answers so long?" and "Will you read my manuscript?"
If you're looking for something new to read and enjoy the fantasy genre, pick up a copy of Spindle's End.
Do you read any fantasy? Have you read Spindle's End or a different Robin McKinley book before?