The princess isn't supposed to fall for an evil sorceress. But in this darkly magical retelling of Sleeping Beauty, true love is more complicated than a simple fairy tale. Perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Holly Black.
Once upon a time, there was a wicked fairy who, in an act of vengeance, cursed a line of princesses to die. A curse that could only be broken by true love's kiss.
Let me tell you, no one in Briar cares what happens to our princess. I thought I didn't care, either. Until I met her.
Princess Aurora, last heir to the throne, the future queen her realm needs. One who isn't bothered that I am Alyce, the Dark Grace, abhorred and feared for the mysterious dark magic that runs in my veins. But with less than a year before the curse kills her, any future I might imagine for us is quickly disappearing - and she can't stand to kiss yet another idiotic prince. But maybe I can help her. If my power began the curse, it might be the one to lift it. Perhaps, together, we could forge a new world.
But we all know how this story ends. Aurora is the beautiful princess.
And I am the villain.
Malice is the dark and wicked heart of a fairytale carved into a book. This story is beautiful, vicious magic ― Tasha Suri, author of Empire of Sand
A beautifully imaginative and feminist retelling of a fairytale so often swept into the dark. Walter's debut was engrossing from page one, with a vivid cast of characters, thrilling romance and a world so vivid it will wrap thorns around your dreams. ― Roshani Chokshi, author of The Guilded Wolves
A truly original and clever retelling of a classic that had me racing to the end - you'll never look at Sleeping Beauty the same again. ― S.A. Chakraborty, author of City of Brass
The story grows deliciously darker at every turn . . . Fairy tale lovers of all ages will be thrilled ― Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Heather Walter writes about magic-and with magic. Her retelling of Sleeping Beauty remains true to the beloved classic, yet every page is completely new and unexpected. ― Richelle Mead, author of the Vampire Academy series
About the Author
Heather Walter is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, a former English teacher, and now works as a librarian in Austin, Texas. As an LGBTQ+ author, Heather is passionate about telling and championing queer stories, and loves writing about what-ifs, flawed protagonists, and re-imagined history. Her favourite characters are usually villains. MALICE is her debut novel.