A spinning wheel.
A prick of a finger.
A terrible curse.
One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.
Her family is long dead. Her “true love” is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept. Everyone expects Aurora to marry her betrothed and restore magic and peace to the kingdom before revolution tears it apart. But after a lifetime spent locked in a tower for her own safety, Aurora longs for the freedom to make her own choices. When she meets a handsome rebel, she is tempted to abandon everything for a different kind of life.
As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.
A Wicked Thing is a surprising, spellbinding reimagining of what happens after happily ever after.
“Thomas’ debut novel takes the happily-ever-after out of the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ fairy tale and explores the fallout that takes place after Aurora is brought out of her deep sleep…The book is a welcome twist on the classic helpless-princess-saved-by-dashing-prince one expects from a fairy tale, and the lack of a consistent love interest is refreshing. Aurora is a relatable character, and fairy tale and fantasy fans alike will breeze through this retelling and eagerly await her next chapter.”
School Library Journal
“A loose ‘Sleeping Beauty‘ retelling emphasizes political intrigue.”
“Shannon McManus’ breathy narration…[is] perfect for Aurora upon her bewildering reintroduction to society.”
“I never thought what happens after Sleeping Beauty wakes up would keep me at the edge of my seat, breathlessly turning pages. But Rhiannon Thomas has taken the familiar and the clichéd and turned it into a tense, fast-paced read full of plot twists and revelations, set in a world at once intriguing and perilous.”
Sherry Thomas, award-winning author of The Burning Sky
Shannon McManus, award-winning narrator, is a Los Angeles–based actor, writer, and voice artist. Her natural vocal abilities and extensive theater training have led to work in audiobook narration, commercial voice-over, and animation. Critical praise includes an Audiofile Earphones Award and a Publishers Weekly Listen Up! Award in children’s and young adult fiction.