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The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman - The Literary Phoenix
In the kingdom across the mountains, a spell is spreading. It started sixty or eighty years ago, when a wicked witch cast a spell on a princess for her name day. It would not be such a problem, except that the sleep is spreading beyond the castle and closer and closer to the neighboring kingdom. At a mile or two a day, the plague will soon capture them all. The queen has no intention of allowing her kingdom to fall asleep, and so she delays her wedding and sets off with three dwarves to find the source of the curse …