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The Fairy Godmother Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms #1

She’ll keep you up long past your bedtime #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen KingThe prolific Lackey the Valdemar series draws on the darker Brothers Grimm side of fairy lore for her enchanting tale Publisher’s WeeklyIn the land of the Five Hundred Kingdoms if you can't carry out your legendary role li. 3 Tradition stars Once the blinders are off it s rather hard to go back to seeing things the way you used to So before I read romance I was a huge fantasy reader And basically from the years 2000 2010 I was devouring anything Mercedes Lackey She s fantastic In this newer series by her she twists known fairy tales into new retellings and creates an interesting new premiseWhen Elena Ella Cinders reaches the age of 21 she had lost hope that her prince or any man would come to her rescue from her evil stepmother and stepsisters When she looks to the servant market to find work she is picked up by a fairy godmother and recruited to a new cause Because her prince was not appropriate for her a good 10 year age difference 11 years of age versus 21 Elena s Tradition never played out according to plan But by becoming a Fairy Godmother she could help others affected by magic and Tradition for a country whose people ceased to believe in magic soon lost much of their ability to imagine and dream and before long they ceased to believe or hope for anything This wasn t my favorite book by Lackey but I enjoyed the premise and the idea of everything uite a bit I loved the first half of the book but when Alexander came in I lost interest And as a love interest you would think he d be interesting but he wasn t And the book was way too long there were lots of parts that could have been edited outBut I love Lackey s writing style and her brain I found it hilarious that the unicorns were like big dumb dogs in this and yearned to be petted by virgins So dang funny And Elena as a character was interesting but needed a bit developmentSo a great return to the fantasy genre and to Lackey I will continue to read this series but this first book did not wow me like her other books have in the past

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Fe is no fairy taleElena Klovis was supposed to be her kingdom's Cinderella until fate left her with a completely inappropriate prince So she set out to make a new life for herself But breaking with The Tradition was no easy matter until she got a little help from her own fairy godmother Who promptly offered Elena a. 2020 rereadI remember really liking this when I read it before Wondered if I still would Yup Really enjoyed Listened on audio this time and Gabra Zackman does a great job narrating ORIGINAL REVIEWSuper fun bookAt first it seems like you are reading a re telling of Cinderella I must confess I have always hated the Cinderella story It always struck me as plain old child abuse But while Elaine s story starts off as Cinderellait veers rather sharply away from the familiar path of that taleAs her disgruntled fairy Godmother tells her there is no Prince available for her The only one near enough is still just a toddler And Elaine herself isn t getting any younger And since the Fairy Godmother is also getting up in years and wants to retire she has decided to make Elaine her ApprenticeThe nifty thing about this whole story and series is that the characters are aware that their lives are following a well trodden path created by something called Tradition Tradition always a capital T is the familiar folk tales and stories that everyone knows So while Elaine is one such Cinderella trope she isn t the only one There are young girls all over the 500 kingdoms who are drudging away with wicked stepmothers waiting to marry a Prince Just as there are sleeping Princesses various young men on uests and young girls with longlong hair imprisoned in towers etcAs a Fairy Godmother Elaine s job is to steer these people s lives to their rightful conclusion But as Elaine also learns she has the power to manipulate Tradition as well so that she can re arrange outcomes To me this is the fun part of the story seeing what schemes Elaine comes up with to subtlely subvert the storyline of a given person There is a nice tone of humor throughout One great scene involves the Maleficent like evil sorceress who comes to curse a newly born Princess at her christening It was a hoot to see how the Fairy Godmothers deal with thatThe book also includes a nice romance for Elaine who worries that her role as a Fairy Godmother means that she will live out her life in loneliness But she finally does meet her Prince even if he is a bit of an ass at first LiterallyThis clever little story was such an unexpected delight I may need to hunt up the next one

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Most unexpected jobNow instead of sleeping in the chimney she has to deal with arrogant stuffedshirt princes who keep trying to rise above their place in the tale And there's one in particular who needs to be dealt withSometimes a fairy godmother's work is never doneBook 1 of Five Hundred KingdomsPreviously published. A fun look at fairy tales In the Five Hundred Kingdoms it might be your fate to be Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty or the Miller s Youngest Son But what happens if the rest of your story doesn t fall into place If your prince is too young for you or too old It s up to the fairy godmother to make sure it all works out This is a Luna book they are a new fantasy imprint of Harleuin so randomly halfway through the romance took a turn for the Whooo BAAABY and then the plot continued Just a warning


10 thoughts on “The Fairy Godmother Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms #1

  1. says:

    3 Tradition stars “Once the blinders are off it's rather hard to go back to seeing things the way you used to” So before I read romance I was a huge fantasy reader And basically from the years 2000 2010 I was devouring anything Mercedes Lackey She's fantastic In this newer series by her she twists known fairy tales into new retellings and creates an interesting new premiseWhen Elena Ella Cinders reaches the age of

  2. says:

    Elena Klovis is badly mistreated by her stepmother She is forced to clean the house cook the food and dress her stepmother and her two stepsisters while she herself dresses in rags and goes hungry Sound familiar? That's because Elen

  3. says:

    My pre review I was recommended this book by the same girl who introduced me to Stardust and Spindle's End two books I really enjoyed although the horrible cover of this book turned me off from reading it for a whi

  4. says:

    2020 rereadI remember really liking this when I read it before Wondered if I still would Yup Really enjoyed Listened on audio this

  5. says:

    I wanted to like this book so much It started out so promising You felt so unbelievably sorry for Elena who was a victim not of her own accord the beginning was so great describing how Elena would have liked to go against her stepmother and how she would have liked to reuest shoes but she couldn't because the on

  6. says:

    Elena is a fairy godmother in training She drinks dragon’s blood only once—yuck has a magic wand basically for show and learns how to fight The Tradition The force in the five hundred kingdoms that insists upon replaying fairy tales over

  7. says:

    A fun look at fairy tales In the Five Hundred Kingdoms it might be your fate to be Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty or the Miller's Youngest Son But what happens if the rest of your story doesn't fall into place? If your prince is too young for you or too old? It's up to the fairy godmother to make sure it all works out This is a Luna

  8. says:

    I found myself enjoying this book a lot A little weird though but a fun spin on the fairy tales

  9. says:

    Well I've just finished my annual reread and felt it was high time to leave an actual review This is one of my favorite books my go to comfort read It's not the most polished of stories the climax and resolution in the last 45 pages come out of nowhere and are pretty rushed and the bulk of the story is mainly worldbuilding but I love this story in much the same way I love a favorite worn t shirt It's comforting

  10. says:

    Fairy Godmother is the first book in Mercedes Lackey’s Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series Published under Harleuin Romance’s Luna imprint the series seems targeted primarily at female romance fantasy readersLoosely based on the Cinderella folk tale The Fairy Godmother follows Elena Klovis a girl all set up to be Cinderella—but

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