The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

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Published October 23rd 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
68 pages | goodreads-badge-add-black-38px

A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell – weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spellbound from start to finish.

On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.

Lavishly produced, packed with glorious Chris Riddell illustrations enhanced with metallic ink, this is a spectacular and magical gift.

Book Review: 5 stars black

Curious things come from the mind of Neil Gaiman.

Wondrous things come from the hand of Chris Riddell.

In a retelling, of sorts, The Sleeper and the Spindle revolves around Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. Of course in true Gaiman fashion the story is richly told with a darkness that is hard to match. The spin on this one is fantastically logical, opening on a sleeping curse that has expanded from the confines of the castle surrounded by roses. 

When accompanied by beautiful illustrations the short story just lifts off the pages. The detail is rather brilliant to witness, but more importantly Riddell captures the darkness and uniqueness of Gaiman’s characters perfectly.

I highly recommend this one.

It was beautiful, dark, and well written.



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