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Ace, July 2002, 6.50, 272 pp.
ISBN 044100907

Prince Althelstan has been ordered by his father to marry a princess but the only one available is two years old. Not willing to wait that long, he follows clues that lead to a castle where all the denizens are in an enchanted slumber. When he gets there he finds three sleeping princes who need a princess to wake them up.
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Althelstan returns to his home to ask his adventurous cousin Lady Vevila to come with him and kiss the three princes. Always game for some derring-do, she agrees. When they arrive at sleeping castle, the witch who cast the spell on the princes says Vevila must pass a princess test. She does from a dwarf named Rumpelstiltskin who wants her to kiss a frog. The situation quickly goes downhill from there.

NEVER AFTER is a whimsical and light-hearted fantasy that satirizes the fairy tales that most readers have heard when they were growing up. The audience will love this magical tale due in large part to the characters that come from various well-known fairy tales. Rebecca Lickiss is a refreshing voice in the fantasy genre.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   an adult (general) Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   rescue mission/escape from confinement Parody    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age:    -   20's-30's


Earth setting:    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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