In a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty tale, American graduate student Ivan stumbles upon a mysterious sleeping maiden in the Carpathian forest whom he awakens with a kiss, setting in motion a series of events encompassing the modern world and a world that vanished a thousand years ago.
What a great tale that uses the old Sleeping Beauty story and weaves it into reality. Like the Shrek cartoon, the knight that comes to rescue the princess is not what everyone expected. In this story the Knight is Ivan, a modern scholar who is already engaged to be married. He finds the sleeping princess in a clearing in the woods and must battle past a bear to awaken the princess with a kiss. In order to save both of their lives to save themselves from the "stunned" bear, … more