While Beauty Slept (Paperback)
March 2014 Indie Next List
“Humble Elise Dalriss was a companion to the beautiful princess Rose, who, as the fable recounts, was doomed since birth. The king's aunt Millicent who was banished from the kingdom on the day after Rose's birth because the king felt she had put a spell on his wife, returns on the celebration day and proclaims, 'You will all spend the rest of your life in fear.' Then she disappears leaving behind a kingdom reeling in shock and horror. Through the eyes of Elise, Blackwell has retold the tale of Sleeping Beauty using dark, sensual, and magical language and a complex plot full of surprises. Readers will be enthralled with this debut.”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI
Elizabeth Blackwell is a story-telling genius. Her mesmerizing writing weaves a spell that will enchant you.While Beauty Sleptbreathes new life into the fairytale genre with a historical twist that will take your breath away. Meg Cabot, #1New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Princess Diariesand Heather Wells mystery series
I am not the sort of person about whom stories are told. Those of humble birth suffer their heartbreaks and celebrate their triumphs unnoticed by the bards, leaving no trace in the fables of their time
And so begins Elise Dalriss's story. When she hears her great-granddaughter recount a minstrel's tale about a beautiful princess asleep in a tower, it pushes open a door to the past, a door Elise has long kept locked. For Elise was the companion to the real princess who slumbered and she is the only one left who knows what actually happened so many years ago.
As the memories start to unfold, Elise is plunged back into the magnificent world behind the palace walls she left behind more than a half century ago, a labyrinth where the secrets of her real father and the mysterious fate of her mother connect to an inconceivable evil. Elise has guarded these secrets for a lifetime. As only Elise understands all too well, the truth is no fairy tale.
About the Author
Elizabeth Blackwell is a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Ladies Home Journal, Parenting, and the Chicago Tribune, among other publications."
"Following in the inspired footsteps of Gregory Maguire’s fairy-tale twists, this debut novel puts a spellbinding new spin on a classic yarn.” —Booklist “Unexpected and heartrending . . . A gripping tale full of romance, secrets, and promises made and broken. This beautiful, original reinterpretation of a classic story is engrossing and often surprising.” —Library Journal, starred review “Blackwell is a storytelling genius.” —Meg Cabot, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Elizabeth Blackwell’s writing is magical in this complex, dark, and sensual retelling of ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ Imaginative, evocative, full of surprises, this is a captivating debut.” —M.J. Rose, international bestselling author of Seduction
" While Beauty Slept is like no version of the Sleeping Beauty story that you’ve read before." —Alma Katsu, author of The Taker trilogy