I had the pleasure of participating in the blog tour for Tricia Mingerink’s new book, Dagger’s Sleep (although I’ve listed the giveaway for Dissociate as well). So I kind of finished it last minute. I read most of it yesterday, and finished the rest of it like twenty minutes before posting this. So, more about the book:
A prince cursed to sleep.
A princess destined to wake him.
A kingdom determined to stop them.
High Prince Alexander has been cursed to a sleep like unto death, a curse that will end the line of the high kings and send the Seven Kingdoms of Tallahatchia into chaos. With his manservant to carry his luggage and his own superior intelligence to aid him, Alex sets off to find one of the Fae and end his curse one way or another.
A hundred years later, Princess Rosanna learns she is the princess destined by the Highest King to wake the legendary sleeping prince. With the help of the mysterious Daemyn Rand, can she find the courage to finish the quest as Tallahatchia wavers on the edge of war?
One curse connects them. A hundred years separate them. From the rushing rivers of Tallahatchia’s mountains to the hall of the Highest King himself, their quests will demand sacrifices neither of them could imagine.
Title: Dagger’s Sleep
Series (if applicable): Beyond the Tales
Author: Tricia Mingerink
Publisher (if applicable): Sword and Cross Publishing
Genre(s): Fantasy, Christian Fiction, Fairy-tale retellings
Recommended Age: 13+
This is the first book I’ve read by her (still have yet to read her Blades of Acktar series). It’s like a fairy-tale retelling, with multiple references to the originals. I don’t normally read these types of books, but I couldn’t pass this one up. I’m really glad I didn’t because it was something I absolutely adored!
Roseanna was this princess who was more of an outdoors girl, and loved to get her hands dirty as well as going on an adventure. Her life in the beginning was so different compared to how everything turned out in the end. It’s so hard to not give away any spoilers, but she was just someone I was fond of. Also, I oddly kept imagining her being a red-head when she actually had black hair. Tell me I’m not the only one kind of makes up what they look like in their head, altering their appearance. xD
Daemyn. There were many plot-twists with him, some of which I expected and fangirled over. Basically, I adored him. He was this interesting person with an interesting history. Oh, I don’t know what to say without spoiling anything. I’m really glad how everything turned out for him in the end.
Alex was annoying, especially at the beginning. So arrogant and prideful. Did I mention arrogant? I suppose it was realistic to expect respect since you’re the prince and all, but kindness matters too. It was an interesting twist to have him be the one to fall into a deep sleep instead of a princess, such as Sleeping Beauty. I’m really glad how everything turned out in the end and that the author made sure the ending wasn’t cliche.
The romance aspect was totally fine. Almost completely clean, and not necessarily the focus of the story (excluding the whole wake-up-the-sleeping-prince thing). Roseanna only had a few moments of thinking about whilst Alex had a whole scene with his girlfriend (I think? Wasn’t really clear on that part) and kissed her.
The main thing I thought was interesting was the faith element. I don’t really know how to describe it (nor do I remember their names besides the Fae Prince), but it resembled Christianity. Kind of like the moral of the story, to trust the Fae Prince since he had a plan for the characters in the story. Which is sort of like Christians trusting God since he has a plan for our lives. Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s the overall idea I got from that element. 🙂
The story was perfect. I’ll admit it was harder to get into at first, but once Alex’s side from a hundred years ago was introduced, I got into it. The author described everything perfectly (I know I’m saying perfect too many times), and I had such a good experience with this book that I decided I’ll have to get the first book in the Blades of Acktar series sooner rather than later. This book is worth checking out!
Content Warnings: Mentions of blood, wounds, death, etc; Some romance (mentioned above) that is mostly clean with a few kisses.
Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.
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Tricia Mingerink is giving away a paperback of Dagger’s Sleep. The giveaway is open internationally where such giveaways are permitted and where Createspace or the Book Depository ships. The book may or may not be signed depending on where the winner lives.
To enter this giveaway, follow this Rafflecopter link.
Follow the Blog tour:
Tuesday – May 22
Laura Grace – Author Interview
Reading Anyone – Book Review
Jaye L Knight – Book Spotlight
Quirky Faith – Book Reviews and Author Interview
Wednesday – May 23
Allyson Kennedy – Author Interview
Sam H. – Book Review
Addyson Huneke – Book Review and Author Interview
Ivie Brooks – Book Reviews
Thursday – May 24
Shantelle Mary – Book Review and Book Spotlight
Brie Donning – Book Review and Multi-Character Interview
Blooming with Books – Book Review and Author Interview
Julian Daventry – Book Review and Author Interview
Friday – May 25
Faith Thompson – Book Reviews and Author Interview
Hannah Gaudette – Author Interview
CM Williams – Book Review
Chloe Parker – Book Reviews
Saturday – May 26
JM Christian – Book Review and Multi-Character Interview
Abigail McKenna – Book Reviews
Liv Fisher – Author Interview
Book Wolf – Book Reviews and Author Interview
Liz Koetsier – Book Spotlight
Monday – May 28
Jessica Dowell – Book Review and Author Interview
Lila Kims – Book Reviews
Marie Elrich – Book Reviews
Faith Potts – Book Review and Book Spotlight
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to give a positive one. This review was written in my own words and opinions. Check out my Amazon Afflilate Link and Reviewer Disclaimer pages.