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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers



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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.

Author: Mercedes Lackey
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: 10/05/2021
Pages: 368
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.06lbs
Size: 8.55h x 5.81w x 1.30d
ISBN: 9780759557451
Audience: Young Adult

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 6.5
Point Value: 17
Interest Level: Middle Grade Plus
Quiz #/Name: 513737 / Briarheart

Review Citation(s):
School Library Journal 08/01/2021 pg. 84
Kirkus Reviews 09/01/2021
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 10/01/2021
Publishers Weekly 09/20/2021

About the Author
Mercedes Lackey is the acclaimed author of over fifty novels and many works of short fiction. In her "spare" time she is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. Mercedes lives in Oklahoma with her husband and frequent collaborator, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots.

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