Before there was Fifty Shades of Grey, there was an erotic trilogy written by the then “queen of the vampire novel” – Anne Rice . Now, twenty years later, Rice is back with the fourth book in her Sleeping Beauty series – Beauty’s Kingdom.
Twenty years ago, at the end of Rice’s original trilogy, Princess Beauty rode off into the sunset with Prince Laurent, and two former pleasure slaves were finally free to choose each other. Now, in the kingdom of Bellavalten, the old regime of erotic slavery is seemingly at its end after its queen and crown prince perish at sea. At the urging of old friends and lovers from their days of captivity, King Laurent and Queen Beauty return to Bellavalten to take the throne and usher in a golden age of erotic servitude.
“Fifty Shades of Grey changed everything,” says Rice in an Amazon Book Review article. “Women are out of the closet as sexual beings in a new way. Women were not only reading erotica but writing it.” As a result, “The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy has experienced a renaissance. The trilogy went mainstream. Readership greatly increased. And I found myself thinking about a new book—a new opportunity to take my characters forward, improving and refining their fantasy world for my readers. Beauty’s Kingdom was soon born, making the trilogy into a quartet,” Rice says.
According to Publisher’s Weekly, Beauty’s Kingdom is a delightful, immersive read, all at once playful, campy, explicit, erotic, and provocative.”
Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Anne Rice is one of the bestselling authors of all time, perhaps best known for her popular and influential series of novels, The Vampire Chronicles, revolving around the central character of Lestat.
In addition to her vampire novels, Rice has authored books in the series New Tales of the Vampires, Lives of the Mayfair Witches, Christ the Lord, Songs of the Seraphin, The Wolf Gift Chronicles, several miscellaneous novels, etc. Her erotic fiction, the Sleeping Beauty series, written under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure, includes The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty’s Punishment, Beauty’s Release, and the latest published this week (April 21, 2015), Beauty’s Kingdom.
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