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, he has to promise to marry her. Not realizing what that means he follows the princess and finds himself transported back in time one thousand years to the princess' real time. It is a time where men battle by the sword and there is an evil witch that is after the throne which was to be inherited by the princess and her "husband."
Ivan realizes that what he never took too seriously has just become real and he has to figure a way to stay alive and find his way back to his own time. This is difficult because only the princess can bring him back and she is loathe to do that because it would give her kingdom to the evil witch.
Card is a multi-talented writer who has spun a superb tale that I could not put down until I read every last page!
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