The Fairy Godmother
From the bestselling author of the Heralds of Valdemar series comes an enchanting new novel. In the land of Five Hundred Kingdoms, if you can't carry out your legendary role, life is no fairy tale . . . Elena Klovis was supposed to be her kingdom's Cinderella -- until an accident of fate left her... show more
From the bestselling author of the Heralds of Valdemar series comes an enchanting new novel. In the land of Five Hundred Kingdoms, if you can't carry out your legendary role, life is no fairy tale . . . Elena Klovis was supposed to be her kingdom's Cinderella -- until an accident of fate left her with a completely inappropriate prince! Determined not to remain with her stepfamily, Elena set out to get a new job -- and ended up becoming the Fairy Godmother for the land. But "Breaking with Tradition" was no easy matter. True, she didn't have to sleep in the chimney, but she had to deal with arrogant, stuffed-shirt princes who kept trying to rise above their place in the tale. In fact, one of them was so ornery that Elena could do nothing but change him into a donkey. Still, her practical nature couldn't let him roam the country, so she brought the donkey -- er, the prince! -- home to her cottage to teach him some lessons. All the while keeping in mind that breaking with tradition can land everyone into a kettle of fish -- sometimes literally! And so begins a whole new tale . . .
Publish date: January 1st 2004
Pages no: 417
Edition language: English
Series: Five Hundred Kingdoms (#1)
I am an utter sucker for re-telling of fairy-tales, or using established fairy-tales in new and interesting ways. This book is the first of the 500 Kingdoms series by Mercedes Lackey and I've heard mixed reviews on them, but I always like to start with the foundation book. This particular book ...
This was a slow journey and I found myself almost giving up a few times. I'm glad I pushed through because this was a good one. The mythology was the best part. The Tradition and Questers and Ladderlock paths were so awesome - I've never read anything even remotely like it. It took a lot of explaini...
If TV Tropes and the [Color] Fairy books had a romance novel for a baby and dressed it in nothing but Lisa Frank-designed onesies, it would be this book. It is not entirely un-Xanth-like, albeit thankfully free of Xanth's whiff of pedophilia.The driving force behind this universe is the idea that th...
The Fairy Godmother is set in a place where a powerful magical force called “The Tradition” forces people to live out fairy-tales. What this means is that anyone whose circumstances resemble that of an already existing fairytale, "The Tradition" intervenes and makes it so that their lives turn out l...
Actual Rating 3.5I enjoyed this read. The world was well developed and fun to explore. There were some weaknesses though. First, the author was working in the world of fairy tales which she was grounding in a type of reality but it was inconsistently done. Secondly, characters would appear stay a wh...