Curse of the Thirteenth Fey The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty You think you know the story of Sleeping Beauty but the real story is far spellbinding Gorse is the thirteenth and youngest in a family of fairies tied to the evil king s land and made to do his bidd

  • Title: Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty
  • Author: Jane Yolen
  • ISBN: 9780142427613
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Paperback
  • You think you know the story of Sleeping Beauty, but the real story is far spellbinding Gorse is the thirteenth and youngest in a family of fairies tied to the evil king s land and made to do his bidding When accident prone Gorse falls ill just as the family is bid to bless the new princess, a fairytale starts to unfold Sick as she is, Gorse races to the castle witYou think you know the story of Sleeping Beauty, but the real story is far spellbinding Gorse is the thirteenth and youngest in a family of fairies tied to the evil king s land and made to do his bidding When accident prone Gorse falls ill just as the family is bid to bless the new princess, a fairytale starts to unfold Sick as she is, Gorse races to the castle with the last piece of magic the family has left a piece of the Thread of Life But that is when accident, mayhem, and magic combine to drive Gorse s story into the unthinkable, threatening the baby and the kingdom.

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    About “Jane Yolen

    1. Jane Yolen says:

      Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children s book author who has written than three hundred books Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire Born and raised in New York City, the mother of three and the grandmother of six, Yolen lives in Massachusetts and St Andrews, Scotland.



    2 thoughts on “Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty

    1. 3.5 starsIf you're looking for a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, I'm afraid this isn't going to impress you much.The story itself revolves around the fairy who 'cursed' the princess. But it's also not like the new Disney reimagining of Maleficent, so it doesn't have that Why Did The Good Girl Go Bad? flavor to it.And I think you probably need to know that going into the book in order to keep you expectations in line.Ok, so what is this story about?A section of a young (13ish years old) fairy's lif [...]

    2. A very short and sweet story. Characters and plot thin but likeable. I just couldn't resist reading another book about the Fey. I would read it again and recommend it. 2.8 Starsybe?

    3. It is not just the brilliant imagination but how detailed and complex the world and relationships are that make this book magical. The elements of the Sleeping Beauty tale are there and even though they are important, they take a back seat to the world that Yolen has imagined. Gorse is the thirteenth fairy who goes on her own adventure before she makes it to the christening of Sleeping Beauty. Through no fault of her own, but rather a self-absorbed, exiled fey prince cuts the line meaning that t [...]

    4. I loved this book until I was about two-thirds in and realized there was no possible way Gorse's situation could come to a valid resolution in the book's remaining pages. The ending felt a bit forced and hurried and as much as I wanted everything to work together for Gorse (who was really a likeable narrator), I felt like bringing Grey back to age thirteen before the resolution of everything was a strange choice that wasn't supported by the framework of the story's mythology. I usually love Jane [...]

    5. This is the first Jane Yolen book I read that I have not particularly enjoyed. I felt like it tried too hard to be something else - to conform to some type of genre or something. It just wasn't typical Jane Yolen. I did manage to get through the entire book, and if I could describe it in one word, I would say "muddled". I just wasn't invested in it. I had such high hopes for a Jane Yolen novel, but it just wasn't for me.

    6. At the beginning of this story I fell in love.The world is enchanting. The language babbles like a brook. There are made up fantasy games and rules that are mentioned but not explained, giving the feel of a real world that extends far beyond the borders of the pages.I started reading this and thought, this is everything I'm looking for in a story. This is what I *want*.And at no particular point did that ever fade. It just never blossomed either. Our heroine doesn't demonstrate any particular in [...]

    7. I'm not particularly impressed with this book. The plot was thin, and the characters pretty good but not deep. The magic system of Shouting the fey spells was interesting, but needed more depth, history, and development. Every little section of plot was drawn out and lacked overall structure.I suppose I expected more scope in the setting of a fairy tale, more of a journey to different fantastical lands, but the main character, Gorse, mainly stays in one location for 70% of the book, with one obs [...]

    8. Gorse is the 13th child of a Shouting Fey mother and elven father. She is part of a family that has been forced out of the ancestral home (Under the Hill) and have to live tied to the land by the ruling family. But they are allowed to stay and are protected by the ruling family so long as they respond to the family's Bidding. If they are Bid to do something and they refuse the entire Fey family with burst into a thousand stars.So when the family is Bid to bestow gifts on the newborn princess all [...]

    9. After not being all that enchanted with Snow in Summer, my first offering from Jane Yolen, the grand fairytale master of America, I was trepidatious to jump into another. But the premise was too tempting to pass over.And I was rewarded with a lovely fairy story that follows Gorse, the youngest scion of the Shouting Fey and considered by her family to be the One. The One to break the curse that has plagued their family for three generations and led to their being tied irrevocably to the land neve [...]

    10. Gorse is the thirteenth child born to her Shouting Fey mother and elven father, and she gets a little magic from each of them. But all that magic is at the service of the royalty of their kingdom, who long ago gave them refuge from the Unseelie and who have kept them as serfs ever since. When the king has a little daughter, he commands Gorse and her family to give the princess blessings. Gorse, fresh from an adventure underground with trolls and fey princes, accidentally curses the princess to d [...]

    11. Not bad but not great. The story started to really drag and I had to force myself to read it. I finished it more on principle than actually wanting to hear the end. I wouldn't call it a re-telling of Sleeping Beauty. It felt like Yolen forgot the subtitle of her book, then remembered at the last minute and hastily added Sleeping Beauty to the end. I wish someone had warned me about this before I picked it up.

    12. Jane Yolen is a wonderful writer of fantasy and historical fiction for young adults, and has a particular interest in fairy tales that has long drawn me to her work. The Curse of the Thirteenth Fey is a reworking of the Sleeping Beauty tale, told from the point of view of the thirteenth fey (the one that cast the curse of death on the princess). Its written with a great deal of humour and charm, and all ends happily (even though the princess and her family are really not very nice people).

    13. Though I respect Jane Yolen as a children's author and I do love a few of her books, she's not my favorite. I didn't feel like her expertise translates well into novel form. There's a little bit of dryness, I guess, that makes her storytelling lack the magic I look for in fairy stories. The storyline is interesting, though only thinly tied to Sleeping Beauty: most of the story doesn't have anything to do with the ending with the curse much at all.***spoiler alert***Storyline:Gorse is the thirtee [...]

    14. I don't think this is really a retelling, though it is titled as one. The connection with Sleeping Beauty distracts from the best parts of the story. I found myself often wondering when we were going to be back to the main plot, not realizing that we were already there. I think it would have been far better with a little tighter prose and plot. A fun read as is, but another round of editing could have made it really good.

    15. In the book ‘Curse of the Thirteenth Fey:True Tale of Sleeping Beauty By Jane Yolen We meet main character Gorse and she’s the youngest in a family of fairies which is tied to the evil King’s land and was made to do his bidding. Soon enough Gorse becomes ill and goes to the castle and sets a spell on the royal family which was a sleeping curse

    16. I was hesitant picking this one up - I'm not interested in re-telling of fairy tales, but I have loved everything I have read from this author. Jumping into a full fantasy tale was a bit difficult, but Jane Yolen describes her worlds with such clarity that I soon enjoyed the full submersion. I loved that "sleeping beauty" was barely in the story and a new fairy tale was my focus.

    17. This is the story of the fairies from Sleeping Beauty, not a retelling of the original fairy tale. I enjoyed it as I like fey stories a lot. Wasn't sold on the ending with Grey and Gorse but otherwise a solid adventure story.

    18. The middle part of the book about the cursed fey princes was genuinely interesting. But the narrative really falls apart once it gets back to the Sleeping Beauty retelling, and the ending is almost nonsensical. This would have been better as a purely original story.

    19. How I found this book: New Teen books at the library.One sentence review: Curse of the Thirteenth Fey is a fun read with charming characters, but the plot is a bit lackluster.Recommended for: Younger teen readers with a love of fairy tale retellings who are more interested in characters than plot.The good: I originally picked up this book because I recognized Jane Yolen's name. I have read her other Sleeping Beauty retelling, Briar Rose (a wonderful book even now that I'm a decade older than las [...]

    20. Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty was really good. I am not usually a HUGE Jane Yolen fan but this was an excellent novel. It was sleeping beauty from the “wicked” fairies point of view.It really twisted the story of sleeping beauty, to the point where I am not sure this should have been actually called the true tale of sleeping beauty. I mean honestly that part of the tale was thrown in haphazardly and was prominent in maybe the last ten pages. I found it trivial [...]

    21. This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.Isn't the cover just gorgeous? That's why I picked it up in the first place - well, that and the fact that it's written by Jane Yolen. I was interested to read a longer book by Yolen, because while I enjoyed her book A Plague of Unicorns, my big complaint was that it had a very rushed ending. The writing had been great, though, and the story a fun idea, so I thought a 300 page book by Yolen would have a lot of potential.And boy, did it! Yo [...]

    22. 1.75 stars,This book is based on a very good short story. In fact, it was a much better short story than it was a book.Granted that my reading experience may have been biased by the short story--well, the book meanders a lot. A lot. Pretty nearly the whole first part of the book is broken bits and pieces of family history, random worldbuilding, and occasional backstory, with a token prophecy thrown in for good measure. Now, the worldbuilding and the magick and bits about the Shouting Fey are int [...]

    23. Great book, great book. But if you're expecting a whole lotta Sleeping Beauty, read on.Ok, here's what I see as the problem with this book. Expectations. See, the subtitle of the book says "The true tale of Sleeping Beauty." This is reinforced by the girl on the cover, who seems (to me) to be sleeping. However. The real intent of this book is to tell the story of the fairy who accidentally cursed the princess, and that's what the whole book is about. (Even after reading the book I was confused a [...]

    24. Gorse is the 13th child of her fairy mother and elf father. She tends more to the elfish side and likes to hang out with her father in his library. Her family is part of the Shouting Fey clan, descendants of Fergus and Banshee who were kicked out of the Under Hill fey generations ago. Gorse has heard the story a bazillion times and her aunts constantly talk about the Under Hill days. Now the Shouting Fey are tied to the land by their banishment and also an Oath to the King of the land several ge [...]

    25. Today’s post is on "Curse of the Thirteenth Fey” by Jane Yolen. It is 290 pages long and is published by Philomel Books. The cover is a close up of a pretty young girl asleep on the green grass. The intended reader is older children and young adult. There is no language, no sex, and the action is age appropriate. It is told from the first person point of view of the main character Gorse. There Be Spoilers Ahead.From the dust jacket- Gorse is the thirteenth and youngest of the Shouting Fey, a [...]

    26. think less of the "sleeping beauty" side of things and more of the fey who cursed her and you will really enjoy this! recommend for tween girls who like a fairy tale!

    27. The style and word choices were fitting for the setting for the story. However, it feels like most of it (excluding 20 pages) was the back story. When I first picked it up, I expected something more magical and gripping. It started off like that but it ended up being a disappointment.The first part was basically Gorse's narrative of her life up to then; tales told to her, her secrets, gifts as a fairy. Things like that. Individually, these stories are interesting and well-down. As a whole, they [...]

    28. 4 starsThis was a different retelling of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. However there is only the briefest part of Sleeping Beauty in the book. Instead it is more about how the sleeping beauty curse came to be and why it was put into effect.Gorse is the 13th child of the a 7th child. Which makes her special. Except that she really isn't. She is not exceptionally talented or beautiful or powerful. She instead gets headaches and fevers and is exceptionally clumsy. Her family is fey, although her [...]

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