Helen Lowe won an inaugural Robbie Burns Poetry Award in 2003 and was awarded a NZ Society of Authors/Creative NZ mentorship award for emerging writers in 2005, working with renowned short story writer, Owen Marshall. Helen has subsequently had poetry and short fiction published and anthologised in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. THORNSPELL is her first novel.
"A quiet hero anchors this nicely crafted blend of fairy tale and dreamscape. . . . A narrative that begins as an exploration of fairy-tale archetypes thus moves into a very human and nevertheless magical drama. Thoughtful and understated." --"Kirkus Reviews""The charming modifications hang together nicely with the traditional elements of the story, and romance readers as well as fairy-tale aficionados will delight in this deft handling of the tale." --"The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books""This reimagining of 'Sleeping Beauty' follows the prince as he develops from a wistful little boy who longs for his stern father's approval into the worthy hero he is destined to be." --"Booklist"