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The Fairy Godmother (Five Hundred Kingdoms, Bk 1)
The Fairy Godmother - Five Hundred Kingdoms, Bk 1
Author: Mercedes Lackey
In the land of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, if you can't carry out your legendary role, life is no fairy tale... — Elena Klovis was supposedto 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-...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780373802456
ISBN-10: 0373802455
Publication Date: 11/1/2004
Pages: 496
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4.1 stars, based on 288 ratings
Publisher: Luna
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 7
I don't know who wrote the description for the back of this book, but I don't think they actually read the story.

I did read it, and I thought it was a very clever premise and a delight for those of us who love fairy tales. Two notes of caution: you will get more enjoyment out of this book if are you already familiar with all of the standard fairy tales, and some of the non-standard ones. They are referenced frequently. For instance, one of the characters is trying to become a Ladderlocks. This means her life is being shaped into that of Rapunzel, which the book doesn't come right out and say. The other note of caution concerns a bit of descriptive sex. Children love to read fairy tales, but this one is best left for the grown-ups.
reviewed The Fairy Godmother (Five Hundred Kingdoms, Bk 1) on + 7 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
A really good read - thankfully a lot less, erm, flowery than Lackey's other offerings, "The Fairy Godmother" is a fantastic take on the Cinderella tale, with a plot good enough to steal that'll keep you stuck to the page for hours on end. I love the universe and would love to read more if she continues to write more sequels. As for bad points, there are some jarring little observations the characters make about themselves, and the plot, though interesting to follow, is fairly predictable. Apart from that, this book gave me several hours of enjoyment, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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Helpful Score: 4
Freaking hilarious and quite lovely actually. For anyone who hates the way the traditional "Cinderella" is portrayed you must read this one! Loved it! I especially love the way she turns the table on the loverboy spoiled gent she comes into contact with...hahahah just read it you'll thank me later.
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I absoutely looooved this book! My first from Mercedes Lackey that I actually finished reading, and now I will definately read more of her!!
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reviewed The Fairy Godmother (Five Hundred Kingdoms, Bk 1) on + 338 more book reviews
I am more of a horror lover, but this book Ill always remember fondly. It is just wonderful, every book lover should read this one. Top notch, fantastic, 5 stars. Its been 5 years since I read it and still I have warm feelings of fantasyland remembering it. Dont miss this one.
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I liked it. It drags in parts, and the meat of the story doesn't start until about halfway through. But the fairy tale-twist genre (which is gaining in popularity) is well done here, and I look forward to reading more from this Five Hundred Kingdoms series.
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You never know what you are getting into when you start a thick book such as this one. Will it move fast? Will its chapters be long? For the most part the journey in the book was well paced. The chapters were long and I sometimes felt like I needed an extra break to stop but I love the twist in this tale of Cinderella.

Elena Klovis also know as Ella Cinders in her home town starts out as your almost typical Cinderella story but her prince does not show. Still left with her wicked stepmother and sisters she runs away looking for any life better then what she has. When it seems that no one in her kingdom will take her in her Fairy Godmother comes for her with a proposition... become her apprentice.

I loved the way the world was brought together. Instead of God or Destiny, they have what they call the Tradition and it moves everyone in a way that you feel you have to act but Elena and her Godmother believe in changing the Tradition and they do just that. They change the fairy tale to outcome that is better suited which is in goodness not evil.

There is an interview in my copy in the back that Mercedes Lackey did. She answers the question Why do you think women like fantasy? she says (and I am paraphrasing) that woman are more likely to not settle for things to go wrong not the way they hoped. They look for more, they hope for more. I believe this is why re-told fairy tales are becoming so popular now and why I enjoy a good happy fairy tale.

Now I dont know if all of the books from this series are happy ones but I have a feeling I will enjoy them much the same as I did this one.

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