All the creatures of the
forest and field and riverbank knew the infant was special. She was the
princess Briar-Rose, spirited away from the evil fairy Pernicia on her
name-day. But the curse was cast: some unknown time in the future, Rosie
would prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into
a poisoned sleep from which no one could rouse her.
Katriona is the princess's kidnapper - and saviour. A young fairy, she is apprenticed to, and lives with, her aunt in the small village of Foggy Bottom. The two of them raise the princess as if she were their own in order to protect her. No other human, not even Rosie herself, knows her true identity.
But Pernicia is looking for her and Pernicia is formidably powerful and tirelessly intent on revenge for a defeat four hundred years old. Two village fairies and all the animals in the realm may not be able to save Rosie...
Robin McKinley (born 1952 as Jennifer Carolyn Robin Turrell McKinley) is a fantasy author. She won the 1998 Phoenix Award honor book for Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast (1978), Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword (1982), Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown (1984), the World Fantasy Award for editing Imaginary Lands (1985) and the Mythopoeic Award for Sunshine (2003).
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