by Tricia Mingerink
reviewed by bookwolf4
A prince cursed to sleep.
A princess destined to wake him.
A kingdom determined to stop them.
High Prince Alexander has been cursed to a sleep like unto death, a curse that will end the line of the high kings and send the Seven Kingdoms of Tallahatchia into chaos. With his manservant to carry his luggage and his own superior intelligence to aid him, Alex sets off to find one of the Fae and end his curse one way or another.
A hundred years later, Princess Rosanna learns she is the princess destined by the Highest King to wake the legendary sleeping prince. With the help of the mysterious Daemyn Rand, can she find the courage to finish the quest as Tallahatchia wavers on the edge of war?
One curse connects them. A hundred years separate them. From the rushing rivers of Tallahatchia’s mountains to the hall of the Highest King himself, their quests will demand sacrifices neither of them could imagine.
I have never really liked fairy tale retellings. I’m not sure why, they’re just not my thing. Now, you may wonder why I volunteered to read this book. Well, because it is a Tricia Mingerink book. I have read the whole Blades of Acktar series, and adored them, so when I heard about Dagger’s Sleep I couldn’t bear to wait until the end of May to read it. Dagger’s Sleep is…definitely different to the Blades series. That’s not bad, but like I said before, fairy tales aren’t my thing. There’s so much I want to say but I can’t, because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone else. There might be some spoilers below though.. I’m not entirely sure what classifies something as a spoiler…
What I Liked:
Berend: “Her younger brother Berend was a bear to wake in the morning. Partially because he was an eighteen-year-old who enjoyed his sleep, but mostly because he spent his nights as a large black bear, thanks to his Fae curse.”
Rosanna: She was really sweet, and reminded me of myself. “Dreaming about adventure was one thing. Actually leaving was something entirely different.”
Isi: Oh, Isi! She was awesome and funny.
Daemyn: I love how he used a staff as a weapon! So cool! It reminded me of Patrick Carr’s series, The Staff and The Sword.
What I Didn’t Like:
The book felt very slow for the first two-thirds.
Alex. He really wasn’t a nice person.
The ending felt a bit rushed. Like, one second there’s a big war about to start, the next Rosanna and Daemyn are talking – then it’s the end of the book.
I would’ve liked to know more about how the Fae system worked, such as why some people were cursed and some blessed, etc. But I’m guessing that will be more detailed in future books.
“This quest was real. It wasn’t a lark. It wasn’t a grand adventure. It was life and death in a way she hadn’t understood before. She couldn’t have understood it until the look of death carved into a man’s face.”
“Jadon Rand died from a knife when he was thirty-nine years old. I reckon the person I was as Jadon died then too. A hundred years— living so many names— changes a person.”
“The Tuckawassee are scouring the mountains around here. Major Beshko is madder than a bear with a hangover.”
“When you came in your arrogance, you were heard because I am worthy.” The Prince’s gaze didn’t waver. “When you come in your humility, am I any less worthy?”
I received this book free from the author for promotional purposes. No reviews, positive or otherwise, were required. All opinions expressed are purely my own.
Sexual Content – Very Mild
One scene of Alex making out with a girl.
Rosanna notices Daemyn’s muscles when she is fixing an arrow wound on his stomach.
Isi asks Rosanna if it is okay if she flirts with Zeke.
Violence & Gore – Mild
Brief fights between tribes, non-detailed.
At the beginning of the journey they come across two dead bodies. The man has been shot with an arrow, and it is described how there is blood on the ground around him. The other is a young woman with a baby, but her wounds are not detailed. (The baby survives and is taken to another family).
Rosanna and her guards are attacked by pirates. They all survive, but a couple of them are wounded – not detailed.
Two people are shot with arrows. Mentions of their wounds, not detailed.
A buffalo is hunted and killed, semi-detailed. Could be disturbing for animal lovers such as myself.
Daemyn is shot in the stomach with an arrow twice. He is then shot in the heart and he dies.
Description of healing arrow wound, non-graphic.
Alex pricks himself with a dagger
Zeke is shot in the back with an arrow
There is a large battle at the end, but nothing graphic. Some people get shot with arrows, mentions of bodies, etc.
Profanity & Insults
Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking
Frightening & Intense Scenes – Very Mild
Alex nearly falls to his death when a bridge breaks as he is walking across it.
Spiritual Content – Mild
There is a God-like figure called Lord of the Fae, and his son, the prince. The Fae themselves are supposed to represent angels, I think.
Talk of living an honest life and honouring the Lord of All.