The previous 3 novels were written 20 years ago and they are: The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty's Punishment, and Beauty's Release. It's been 20 years so I never imagined Anne Rice would revisit and add to the series. But she did!!! (I can't believe I haven't done a post on The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty before this as it was introduced to me by a favorite slave who introduced me to the royalty of BDSM community in Toronto --and she is considered royalty herself (not my descriptive words but they do seem accurate. I should totally email her about this latest novel too!)
If you don't know, The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty is the continuation of the fairy tale story of Sleeping Beauty, a young maid who was stricken with the sleeping curse and slept for 100 years. But when the Prince awakens her, he takes her off to a BDSM driven kingdom where she is forced to serve him as a sex slave. There is plenty of masochism, bondage and lots of well written, wonderful stuff in these novels.
In case you are unfamiliar with Anne Rice, she is also the author that wrote the epic Vampire Chronicles – Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned and Prince Lestat – she is famed for uniting the supernatural and visible worlds through her stories. Interview with the Vampire is one of the many books she has had made into a movie and it stars the A-list celebrities Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Christian Slater and Kirsten Dunst. It was nominated for 2 Oscars but I don't think it won any. And it had a worldwide gross of $105M ...which is respectable but it's more than that now because that was as of 1995.
Anyway, I am super excited to get my hands on Beauty's Kingdom and see what Anne Rice has done with this epic tale of a Kingdom whose main commodity is sex slaves.