The Tailor has been tasked to find the princess…
Upon decree from his king, Sebastian, Tailor to the entire kingdom of Dormiraa, embarks on the mission to fetch the Princess Thalia home, her seven year Royal Tour over. He didn’t expect to find her working with clockwork and gears, encased within a coffin of glass. He did not expect the sight of her wild black hair to set his heart to pound, or the flash of her dark eyes would heat his blood. He did not expect he would want her so badly, not when he could never have her.
The princess must become the Queen…
Thalia has always known she must return to the capital to prepare for the throne. She did not expect her father to send the Tailor to fetch her, or that this man with his extravagant clothes and subtle cosmetics would intrigue her so well. There was something about him, something that spoke of danger and secrets, even as his wicked mouth and knowing eyes made her yearn.
However, not everyone desires the princess’s return. When they are attacked, they can only turn to each other. Will they overcome status and secrets to discover a love for all time?
Rating: 4 stars
Though short, SLUMBER is a fantastic retelling of Sleeping Beauty.
Once she reached majority, Princess Thalia went on a “tour” of her kingdom in disguise to learn more of how the common people lived as part of her training as the successor to the king, her father. However, immersed in the enjoyment of working with gears, seven years went by until the king sent the Tailor, the second highest in the kingdom, to bring her back to the palace. We see here the common people “waking up”, as they celebrated their princess’s return, as though her seven years away had also sent them in hibernation. However, enemy factions are at work, as not everyone desires the princess’s return, and seek to silence the princess forever.
SLUMBER is part of Decadent Publishing’s Beyond Fairytales series, and author Cassandra Dean fleshed out Princess Thalia as she never had been in the original fairy tale. Thalia didn’t grow up in the forest among the animals, nor did she do anything so foolish as to prick her finger on a spindle (although there are Spindles). Instead of just sitting on her gilded throne, she went through a reality program to help her understand her people better, and that’s one admirable princess. Sebastian, the Tailor, comes with his own baggage, but underneath the fine clothes and correct manners, we slowly see the real Sebastian, the one who used his wits and cunning to scramble out of the gutters.
The story’s pace was just right, and while the main characters and their motivations were fleshed out, I wish we could have seen more of the Spindles and more plot and conflict from this angle. Still, as it is, SLUMBER is a fine addition to the series.