Before E. L. James and Sylvia Day, there was Anne Rice: Discover Beauty’s Kingdom, the fourth novel in the bestselling Sleeping Beauty series
Mega-bestselling author Anne Rice, writing as A. N. Roquelaure, returns to the mysterious kingdom of Queen Eleanor in this new chapter of her Sleeping Beauty series. When the great queen is reported dead, Beauty and Laurent return to the kingdom they left twenty years before. Beauty agrees to take the throne, but she insists that all erotic servitude be voluntary. Countless eager princes, princesses, lords, ladies, and commoners journey to Beauty’s realm, where she and her husband usher in a new era of desire, longing, and ecstasy. Provocative and stirring, Rice’s imaginative retelling of the Sleeping Beauty myth will be adored by her longtime fans and new readers of erotica just discovering the novels.
This book is intended for mature audiences.
At the start of book four in Rice's erotic Sleeping Beauty series (after 1985's Beauty's Release), Beauty and her husband Laurent return to the kingdom where they once served as sex slaves, to serve on the throne 20 years later. As ruler, Beauty adds new refinements and erotic delights, making the major change that all slavery must now be voluntary. Reader Cassandra Campbell provides Beauty with a lovely, melodious voice that draws the listener into her fairy tale world and epitomizes a queen who is at once wise, kind, sensual, and passionate. The various royals all sound appropriately elegant and cultured (though Dmitri, a Russian prince, inexplicably has an British accent). Reader Paul Boehmer also has a standout performance playing Bren, a young commoner who journeys to the kingdom in hopes of being accepted as a slave. He sounds adorably boyish, eager, hopeful, and awkward, and his chapter about "auditioning" for slavery is delightful to listen to. All the narrators are excellent and perfectly convey Rice's style, which is lush, sensual, and explicit without being coarse. This new installment will thrill fans of Rice and the original series, and it should also draw in Fifty Shades of Grey fans in search of the latest mainstream erotica to enjoy. A Viking hardcover.
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I hesitated reading this book because I read all of the negative reviews related to it. But I have to say that 20 years after writing the first three novels the growth and the direction she took was 100% appropriate. She turned submission into a new level of empowerment and I think she created that empowerment as Beauty’s retribution. With utter delicacy and respect she really addressed consent and given when the book was written, it is absolutely appropriate. I only wish the series continued.
I’d also add that for many these exist fantasies exist in the far corners of their mind.. Anne creates a safe space for us to explore, play, and indulge. Bravo!
I love this whole series. Absolutely beautiful i can read this over and over again. A must read
I read the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy years ago, and loved every word of them. Perhaps, Ms. Rice, should have reread her own work. This book seems poorly conceived, and badly written. The plot is scattered and meanders in a maddeningly slow way. I didn’t find anything erotic about the “erotic” scenes. Worst of all the descriptive narration was overwrought with a Tolkien-esque, too-flowery, and distracting drudgery.
Read the original trilogy, and skip this phantom of a forty book. It’s not worth the money or the time it takes to suffer through it.