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Card, Orson Scott.
New York : Ballantine, 1999.
ISBN 0345416872

What would you do if you saw a woman who seemed to be asleep, practically covered by leaves and heard something moving right toward you?  At age 10, Ivan ran away.  When he was 27 Ivan went back, fought the bear who guarded her, kissed Sleeping Beauty awake, agreed to marry her, and found himself naked in the kingdom of Taina in the early 900s.  As for Sleeping Beauty, otherwise known as Princess Katerina, she had expected a strong, handsome knight to awaken her from the witch’s spell, not this pathetic, weak man who probably couldn't even lift a broadsword.  The tale soon diverts from the typical tale of Sleeping Beauty as Ivan and Katerina flee the witch Baba Yaga by returning to the present time.  Unfortunately, Baba Yaga manages to follow them and in the course of trying to stay safe from her, Ivan finds out that his own mother practices witchcraft.  Ivan and Katerina have to flee back to Taina and do battle with Baba Yaga.   Fighting, spells, romance, it’s all here as Orson Scott Card gives new life to an old tale.  (Mary Huebscher, Librarian, Holy Cross of San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

SUBJECTS:     Princesses -- Russia -- Fiction.
                        Jews -- Russia -- Fiction.
                        Fantasy fiction.


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