Besotted

Besotted

In a land where being the fairest maiden is a curse . . .

A young queen trying to stay alive until she comes of age to rule, and a prince turned into a pauper.


Queen Aurora of Mercia has spent her entire life deep in Inglewood Forest, hiding from Warwick’s Queen Margery, who seeks her demise. As the time draws near for Aurora to take the throne, she happens upon a handsome woodcutter. Although friendship with outsiders is forbidden and dangerous, she cannot stay away from the charming stranger.

Only two months away from completing his royal testing, Prince Kresten of Scania is ready to be finished with the poverty and hardships of being a woodcutter. When he meets a beautiful peasant woman, he doesn’t plan to fall in love, especially when he must soon leave and return to his homeland.

As Queen Margery’s forces close in, Aurora finds herself in mortal danger. Kresten knows a future with Aurora is impossible, but he is desperate to save her and bring an end to the queen’s threat. To do so, he joins the ultimate battle against the evil queen, risking everything, including his chance at true love.

The real Sleeping Beauty story.

The Fairest Maidens
Book 1: Beholden (Sept 2020)
Book 2: Beguiled (Oct 2020)
Book 3: Besotted (Nov 2020)

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Edition Language:English
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    Besotted Reviews

  • Faye

    A satisfying conclusion to this beautiful trilogy of fairy-tale re-tellings.Kreston doesn't consider himself a serious contender to the throne, as his two elder brothers are the heavy favorites. While...

  • Angeline

    I was so looking forward to this book and it was incredible! Besotted is the third book in Jody Hedlund’s Fairest Maidens series. I was so excited to see the final book in the series, we finally got...

  • Connie Saunders

    Jody Hedlund has given readers a fantastic book to conclude her Fairest Maidens series. Besotted is a re-telling of the beloved fairy tale Sleeping Beauty and Hedlund has been able to add some surpris...

  • Abigail Harris

    The series is over.And, my heartbreaking worry of what may happen is over.I'm also sadly leaving the series behind.This is a for sure favorite fairytale retelling. Jody Hedlund has a way with words th...

  • Stacey Ulferts

    With this retelling of Sleeping Beauty, Jody Hedlund gives readers more than they could ask for in a series ending. I was swept off my feet in the first chapter of Besotted. Kresten is a dream of a he...

  • Nicki Chapelway

    Out of the trilogy, I think this one was the closest to the fairy tale it was based off of, and had many similarities to the Disney Sleeping Beauty as well, with characters dancing barefoot in the for...

  • MJSH

    "She was humble and yet confident, shy and yet bold, lighthearted and yet serious, amiable and yet reserved. The dichotomy of her character resembled the rings of a tree, each one built upon the previ...

  • Gloria Moseley

    I have loved Jody Hedlund’s “The Fairest Maidens” series, but I was still not prepared for “Besotted,” the final book in the series. I lack the words to express how much I enjoyed this novel...

  • Melissa

    What an exciting finale to the Fairest Maidens series! Aurora and Kresten's story just might be my favorite of the set. Kresten's growth during the book was very cool and by the end he was definitely ...

  • Susan Snodgrass

    This wonderful series is brought to a close with Besotted, the last of the Fairest Maidens. I love this author's work and her YA medieval stories are just great! Princess Aurora has been kept hidden a...