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Briarheart Kindle Edition
From a beloved fantasy author comes this fresh feminist retelling of Sleeping Beauty about one girl destined for greatness—and the powerful sister ready to protect her by any means necessary.Miriam may be the daughter of Queen Alethia of Tirendell, but she's not a princess. She's the child of Alethia and her previous husband, the King's Champion, who died fighting for the king, and she has no ambitions to rule. When her new baby sister Aurora, heir to the throne, is born, she's ecstatic. She adores the baby, who seems perfect in every way. But on the day of Aurora's christening, an uninvited Dark Fae arrives, prepared to curse her, and Miriam discovers she possesses impossible power.
Soon, Miriam is charged with being trained in both magic and combat to act as chief protector to her sister. But shadowy threats are moving closer and closer to their kingdom, and Miriam's dark power may not be enough to save everyone she loves, let alone herself.
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|Enter the fantastic world of Mercedes Lackey||Leaving behind her close community to be a Hunter in Apex City Joy finds something worse than the usual monsters infiltrating Apex.||A storm is headed to Apex City, and unless Joy and the Hunters put up the fight of their lives, it might just sweep them all away.||In this thrilling trilogy finale Joy must risk everything to end a brutal war . . . before she loses all she's ever loved.||Sleeping Beauty retelling about one girl destined for greatness—and the powerful sister ready to protect her by any means necessary.|
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"Spirituality, psychic abilities, propaganda, magic, monsters, and mayhem make this a book with a dozen hooks to snag readers and win Lackey even more fans."―Booklist
"Lackey successfully mixes dystopia and fantasy in this series opener . . . The novel is exciting, entirely entertaining, and sure to please her fans."―Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B08W4ZWBXM
- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 5, 2021)
- Publication date : October 5, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 4894 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 369 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0759557454
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #23,008 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Finally, I bought this despite it being advertised as a “fresh feminist retelling” of anything. If the story cannot stand on its own, adding political propaganda will not save it. And if it can, why drive off half the potential audience by shoving the writer’s personal politics in their faces? Not to mention that imbuing the female lead with slyness, dangerous impulsivity, and emotional self-indulgence is about as anti-feminist as any male chauvinist could want.
No, in this story, good things happen to good people. Adventure, friends finding friends, and fantastical creatures who don't always fit stereotypes.
A bit of a mix of the Hunter series, Elemental Masters, and even a little 500 Kingdoms thrown in, if you're a fan of Mercedes Lackey's fantasy series, this book and likely this new series is a real joy. The type of book you'll want to re-read when you have a really bad week.
I got to the end of the book wishing that there was more, and I would love it if there were a sequel detailing more adventures from Miriam and her friends (Aurora's Companions), and perhaps also featured Aurora as a child and not as a baby.