Updated: Oct 17, 2021
Briarheart by Mercedes Lackey
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing Date: October 5, 2021
From beloved fantasy author Mercedes Lackey comes a fresh and feminist reinterpretation of Sleeping Beauty.
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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About the Author:
Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70’s she worked as an artist’s model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts & Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music.
First off I would like to thank TBR Tours & Beyond for giving me a spot to review and to the Publishers for sending me a Netgalley arc.
We all know the story of Sleeping Beauty but in the hands of Mercedes Lackey it is so stunningly changed for the better and is now a beautiful feminist retelling. Our main character is Miriam who is the half sister of Aurora. Miriam loves her baby sister so much that she will do absolutely anything even if there are consequences to be had. Throughout the story I felt how much love Miriam loved hard and fierce and it was beautiful. Now I just want to touch on the actual world building which in my view was top tier and Mercedes made it real through her amazing writing I could see the story playing in my head and would love to see an adaption of it. I just have one quibble and that is the length of the chapters to me were rather long and maybe 17 chapters needed to be increased as at times I found myself being in the midst of a chapter needing to stop reading and sometimes it actually took me out of the story a little bit. So for all the reasons above I am giving Briarheart 4 stars.