This is not your standard erotic novel. It goes above and beyond what would be normal sexually. I enjoyed this sequel to it's first book, only because it told more of what the slaves were thinking, how they stood to endure their punishments and what kept them from trying to escape. These things were not addressed in the first book and it made the whole scenario a little too far-fetched. It still is, but makes more sense as fiction. What would make it more real to the imagination, as I saw another reviewer touched on, would be how the slaves are able to deal with their basic needs, such as needing the bathroom, and women having their time of the month. This may sound weird to request from a book, but for the Sleeping Beauty trilogy, I think it would be nice to know. They can't always be "plugged up".
it was an easy read. got to the point and sustained ur interest. paper and type didnot cause any eye problems. i must say that it was interesting to say the least. i, myself, am not into punishment. to my way of thinking, the price was too high for no reward.
The second in the Sleeping Beauty Series, Rice takes us further into the psyche of young Beauty and her quest to discover her own sexuality and desires. From wanting to please the Prince to disobeying and being sent to the Village, we begin to understand the duality of the master/slave relationship and how at some point a slave must rebel to be fulfilled in his or her desires for subjugation. Beautifully well written with careful detail shown to the acts being carried out, without being lurid or vulgar. Rice does a phenomenal job of rewriting this classic fairy tale.
To address the issue of Beauty's menstrual cycle, I say this - suspension of disbelief. It is, after all, fantasy.
Not for the faint of heart or anyone not comfortable with their own sexuality or desires.