An excellent new addition to the world of, 'The Fire Rose' and 'The Serpents Shadow.'
All these stories are extremly loosly based on popular fairy tales, although you do have to look quite hard to find the links.
The Gates of Sleep is set in a somewhat alternative Victorian Time, where some people have a link to a particular element such as Water. This enables them to command mythical creatures linked to that element and to perform magical feats.
Some of the plot features parallel 'Sleeping Beauty,' with a curse being cast on the main character which is eventually triggered. However the inclusion of the Arts and Crafts Movement, Factory conditions and the 'prince' who is in fact a doctor give it a very different slant.
Overall a fantastic book, as are the other two. I eagerly await the next one.