Spindle's End

Spindle's End

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An exceptional retelling of The Sleeping Beauty which takes the reader into a magical world filled with modern characters, encountering adventure, love and loss. Rosie is very, very ordinary. No-one, not even an extremely powerful and evil fairy who is out for the princess's blood, would give Rosie a second glance. But then, even Rosie doesn't know the secret of her own birth...and she cannot be hidden forever as her twenty-first birthday approaches. The curse placed on her at her christening will hunt her down through the years, gathering strength, and at some point a princess must become a queen, even if she would rather just stay ordinary-show more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 27mm | 321g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552563439
  • 9780552563437
  • 851,983

Review quote

"A fairy tale, but also a long, leisurely, sophisticated narrative which makes no linguistic compromises. . . . Spindle's End's subject is magical perils, but as a novel it is an almost utopian love story. A curious and distinctive book" * Books for Keeps * "A skilful retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale. . . . This is electrifying story-telling, a must-read for fans of quality fantasy of any age" -- Anne Marley * Financial Times * "I would recommend very few of the novels written for teenagers that pass through my hands to a discerning adult reader. So this is a bit of a find. An extraordinarily imaginative retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale, McKinley's book is genuinely enchanting but emotionally tough" * Guardian * "Written with rich inventiveness, good characters and real stylistic skill and flair, it is a fat treat in which to lose yourself" -- Nicolette Jones * The Sunday Times *show more

About Robin McKinley

Robin McKinley is an American writer and has won many awards in the US, including the Newbery Medal for THE HERO AND THE CROWN and a Newbery Honor for THE BLUE SWORD. She now lives in Hampshire with her husband, author Peter Dickinson, three whippets, five hundred rose bushes and a 1965 cream-coloured MGB convertible.show more

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19,664 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 26% (5,141)
4 37% (7,276)
3 28% (5,571)
2 7% (1,337)
1 2% (339)
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