How you asked yourself what happened to Aurora after she woke up from her sleep?
What happened after “happily ever after“
Well, then you should read Rhiannon Thomas‘s novel, A Wicked Thing which is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty and what happened after happily ever after.
I should warn you that this a a dark retelling so it’s not going to be all shine shines and daisies like in the classic fairy tale.
In this retelling, Aurora’s been asleep for 100 years and awakens after being kissed by Prince Rodric. However, Aurora doesn’t fall in love with Rodric at first sight and just sees him as stranger. With her family dead, Aurora’s all alone in the world. So has no chance but to trust the new king and queen of the kingdom. It’s not long before Aurora discovers that her kingdom is is disarray and all because of the king and queen. Not only that but the king and queen see Aurora as nothing more than a pawn to calm the people rebelling against them. Refusing to be used, Aurora manages to find a way to escape the castle one night and meets people who are willing to help her, one who happens to be a revolutionary.
First of all, I gotta say that for a retelling of a classic fairy tail this was a good one. Though I don’t see it as a retelling but more like a continuation of the story. Loved that Aurora’s characterization wasn’t the damsel-in-distress persona in fact it was the opposite. Love that Rhiannon Thomas made the novel a reality instead of a fairy tail. Trust me on this especially when you read the scene of her waking up to the kiss. Made me think I would have done the same thing. A Wicked Thing drew me right from the beginning when I started reading it and now I can’t wait for the next one.