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The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

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From bestselling author Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquleaure. In the traditional folktale of 'Sleeping Beauty, ' the spell cast upon the lovely young princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a Prince.

It is an ancient story, one that originally emerged from and still deeply disturbs the mind's unconscious. Now Anne Rice's retelling of the Beauty story probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire. Here the Prince reawakens Beauty, not with a kiss, but with sexual initiation. His reward for ending the hundred years of enchantment is Beauty's complete and total enslavement to Anne Rice explores the world of erotic yearning and fantasy in a classic that becomes, with her skillful pen, a compelling experience.


"Something very once so light and yet so haunting." The Advocate


"Articulate, baroque, and fashionably pornographic." Playboy

About the Author

Anne Rice was born in New Orleans in 1941, the second daughter in an Irish Catholic family. She is the author of many bestselling books. She is perhaps best known for her incredibly successful Vampire Chronicles — Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Dammed, The Tale of the Body Thief (published in Penguin) and Memnoch the Devil. Her other books include the Mayfair witches sequence The Witching Hour, Lasher (both published in Penguin) and Taltos; the novels Cry to Heaven, The Mummy or Ramses the Damned (both published in Penguin), The Servant of the Bones and, Pandora, the first part of her New Tales of the Vampires series.

She lived for many years in San Francisco but has now moved back to her native New Orleans where she lives with her husband, poet and university professor Stan Rice, and their son.

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E I Talamante, March 9, 2015 (view all comments by E I Talamante)
I genuinely debated doing a review for this book. I wasn't sure at first what to write, and it is so far outside my usual reads. But, I reminded myself, it's just a book. No one cares.

I was freshly married when I first read this. 19 and borrowing every single book I could from the neighbours, no matter the content. I had to read. Pregnant and out of work for the first time, I re-read everything of mine, but didn't have a disposable income to spend on books. And public library? Hah!, I say. There was none where we lived. (Still isn't.) I read the first two books in this trilogy, then was found out by my husband. It's not that he didn't approve of the style of books, it was that they were books. I returned them, and didn't read when he was home for a long time. It took me a while to get comfortable reading around other people again.

Fast forward to now. I came across a book recommendations list for Valentine's and this was on it. My first thought was, I remember that book, which induced blushes. My second thought was, I never finished the series, which induced an OCD form of anxiety. My third was, I wonder if my local library has it, which induced opening a new tab to check. I didn't think they would, but sure enough I reserved a copy.

Enough background. Anne Rice is an accomplished author, without doubt. She also has a way of weaving a story that you are chapters into before you know it. Beauty is no exception. A quick moving tale beginning with the Awakening of Sleeping Beauty (simply named Beauty), you get the impression that Sleeping Beauty is not the only fairy tale here. She is awoken by a Beastly, if handsome, Prince. The Prince begins his reign of Beauty by stripping her with his sword, then doing the deed. This is the last that Beauty wears clothes, because the Prince forces her to remain naked with him, even as her Father enters the room. The Prince stakes his claim, then sweeps Beauty through the countryside and to a seemingly enchanted castle where her 'training' begins.

Beauty finds that she is not the only princess to be treated in this way, and soon creates a bond with the Queen's favorite 'slave', Prince Alexi. Beauty's treatment is described in lurid detail, and the story of the characters that Beauty encounters increases her distress until she acts out against her own good sense, rebelling against the rigid rules of the castle. Her disobedience ends the first part of the story, with her being shipped off to be auctioned off for the summer.

This is a very adult book, and the descriptions are often blunt, leaving much to the imagination, but little in the way of creative interpretation. The way that Ms. Rice uses imagery allows the reader to feel sympathetic toward Beauty's situation, one that she does not pick for herself, but rather is thrust into.
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Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks, September 10, 2012 (view all comments by Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks)
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty strays far and wide from the traditional fairy tale of 'Sleeping Beauty'. Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquelaure, tells of Beauty's story from her awakening to her enslavement to the Prince in a nearby kingdom. Anne Rice says it best in her preface where she states, "Every page is about sexual fulfillment." Indeed, there isn't one boring section of the story and every page has either thoughts, or actions, of some form of intimacy.

The story is undoubtedly erotica, but not the type of story one could appropriately ascribe love to as an element of the plot. Even though the world Rice built caters to BDSM and other unusual sexual fantasies, the actions of the characters were cruel and at most times unappealing. All of the secondary characters, such as the Lords and Ladies of the court, are trying to teach Beauty that pain enhances sexual encounters and will eventually equate to the love of her master, the Prince, or anyone else in the palace taking control of her. The belief is that the love slaves will eventually leave enslavement as better leaders because of their learning self-control and other valuable traits. The underlying theme is dominance and submission, but the story's cringe-worthy depiction is somewhat loud.

The main protagonist, Beauty, is a young and apparently spoiled princess. She's so timid, scared, and soft that it's extremely hard to picture her in the environment that Rice places her in The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty. In the end, though, Beauty rebels against the court's expectations of her submissiveness. Rice's method of closing the first book in the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy is certainly unexpected, but may leave readers with more of a curious, than sexual, appetite.

*Book provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review and blog tour purposes*
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xmylifex, July 21, 2011 (view all comments by xmylifex)
I love this book! Epically erotic - it has the intense sexual rawness of any quality erotic story but the author brings new depth by including the psychological and emotional aspect that goes along with a true SMBD relationship. I hated having to put this book down, if I could have I would have read the whole thing in one sitting.
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Product Details

Anne Rice as A. N. Roquelaure
Plume Books
Roquelaure, A. N.
Rice, Anne
Roquelaure, A. N.
New York, N.Y. :
Man-woman relationships
Erotic stories
Sleeping beauty (fictitious character: roquel
Erotica - General
General Fiction
Sleeping Beauty
Series Volume:
no. 512-513
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
8.01x4.76x.80 in. .46 lbs.

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