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A Tangled Web (Five Hundred Kingdoms #5.5)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  1,109 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Kidnapping Persephone should have been an easy task. But in the Five Hundred Kingdoms, nothing's ever simple—and the wrong blonde goddess is stolen by mistake, leaving Prince Leopold without his new bride. At least until he braves the realm of the dead to get her back...

A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms novella. Previously published in the Harvest Moon anthology.
ebook, 91 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Harlequin Luna (first published January 1st 2012)
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This was a great short from the Five Hundred Kingdoms series.
In fact, I wish this one had been a full length novel, because I thought some of the characters had more depth than usual.

It's the Persephone/Hades story, but (naturally) with a twist. Also, some of the minor characters from another book show up as main characters here.

If you haven't read any of the stories from this series yet, this wouldn't be a bad choice to start with. If you are already a fan of Lackey's books, then you will proba
Mercedes Lackey has lost her mind. I'm so sad. On the other hand, she's written about sixty amazing books so I think she gets a pass for life on the whole writing career thing and earns another star just for being one of my favorite writers of all time.

This story is beyond terrible.

First off, she brings in (boring) characters that are clearly from another book and then uses her exposition time to basically clumsily retell their story. If I cared about their book, I would've read it.

Second, abs
Kathy Davie
A short story, 5.5 in the Five Kingdoms fantasy series, revolving around two couples: Hades and Persephone and Leopold and Brunnhilde.

This is also found in the anthology, Harvest Moon .

My Take
This is too much fun and combines the myth of Demeter, Persephone, and Hades to explain the seasons with Brunnhilde and Leopold into Lackey's fairytale of Tradition. And we discover that the gods had meant to be like the Godmothers we've read in other Five Hundred Kingdoms' tales.

I did enjoy the debate th
I only read "Harvest Moon/A Tangled Web" by Mercedes Lackey. This story features the supporting characters Leo and Bru from the previous book along with Persephone and Hades. Always more than one romance happening in Lackey's books.

I think I prefer her full length novels because she tends to go on these infodump rants and have her characters mull over every single possibility, even though none of it is in any way relevant. And she simply doesn't have time to do that and keep a story flowing in a
Robin Lynne Rogers
kinda short and predictable, but still worth reading. hope the next one is more like the previous ones in this set!
I always love a good re telling of a classic story. It's one of the reasons that i started this series from Mrs Lackey. Unfortunately I was not a big fan of this short story. This probably would have been different if it was a full length novel or if it had not been so long since her last book. However as it was I couldn't remember Brumhilda and Leopold from the last book and the idea of Olympian Gods instead of Fairy Godmothers didn't make sense to me. What I remember about the tradition and ma ...more
Michelle Owens-koeppen
I was surprised to find that I had missed a Mercedes Lackey book, and was excited to dig in for some light, fun adventure and a twist on a well known story. Unfortunately, my anticipation was disappointed. Tangled Web was a bit of a Tangled mess, for me. Good start, but then it became this mad dash to the finish line of the story where everyone gets their happy ending, and I'm not even sure how we got there, or why, or why I would care. In fact, I went back to see if my Kindle somehow jumped ahe ...more
A one-two punch of stories.

A one-two punch of stories.

I enjoyed seeing a continuation of the story of Brunhilda and Leopold,as they were interesting characters. I also enjoyed seeing a spin on the story of Persephone. I have always been interested in the stories about gods and goddesses of all cultures, so the combination of the Norse mythology and Greek mythology was fun for me to read. This was just as good as any other story in the Five Hundred Kingdoms series, and maybe better than some of t
Hilari Bell
I’m going to start by saying that if you haven’t discovered the 500 Kingdoms books, you really need to start with The Godmother, which is the first of the series and a favorite of mine. That said, after that first delightful tale, for me the quality of the other books in the series goes up and down a bit.

This review is really more for those who are familiar with the series, particularly with the preceding book, Sleeping Beauty, because Brunhilde and Leo, who are a secondary couple in that book,
A novella in The Five Hundred Kingdoms series which takes place after Sleeping Beauty. Leo and Brunhilda are off taking a vacation in Olympia where there are no Godmothers, only the Gods who only sort of act in that capacity. They are enjoying a lovely day of relaxation on the meadow when suddenly a man driving a chariot with 4 black horses kidnaps Brunhilda and then the earth opens up and he disappears with her back under the earth where he came from. In another meadow, Persephone has escaped h ...more
This book was a disappointment. I normally quite enjoy the 100 Kingdoms books; they're fun and funny and light. This one managed to flop miserably. The first 2/3rds dragged on and on and nothing happened-- and I was never, ever sold on the romance between Persephone and Hades, which is a pity because there were a few very charming flashes that could have been very good. Then the last 1/3rd jammed six million things in all off stage, and the deus ex machina of Hectate was really really lame.

The m
For a Mercedes Lackey story, this was insanely poorly written in my opinion. I felt like she didn't care about this story at all. It looked like she did barely enough research to make it sound plausible. She gave duties to Demeter that actually belonged to Hera. Perhaps it was the formatting of the edition I read, but it seemed like one instant I was in one character's point of view and then the next, I was in another. And as long as I'm speaking about points of view: this story had way, way, wa ...more
Maggie Boyd
No joke, this is a great little story. Persephone has an over protective mother. When she falls in love with Hades, lord of the underworld, she knows mom will never agree to the match. No worries. Hades is smart, Perse clever and the two devise a plan full of magical ties that will allow Hades to keep his bride forever. Unfortunately, things go a bit awry, the wrong girl gets kidnapped, the right girl has to try to fix the problem and magical mayhem ensues.

This was an extremely clever twist on t
I honestly can't come up with a good reason why I finished this one, other than the fact that it was short and I had an otherwise boring train ride to deal with.
Feb 07, 2014 Barbara rated it 2 of 5 stars
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I generally enjoy the 500 Kingdoms books and the notion of The Tradition and Fairy Godmothers. It is kind of cute but this was just far too cute for my taste.
This would have worked better as a novel, as there was too much going on for a short story. A decent enough read if you have an hour to waste.
This was short, sweet and cute, and made for a quick read for a boring afternoon. Not much to say about it, but the re-visioning of the Greek gods was interesting, to say the least. I didn't mind seeing more of Leopold and Brunnhilde since they only appeared briefly at the end of The Sleeping Beauty, though I would have liked to see more of how they'd met and fallen in love. Romance, unfortunately, doesn't seem like a very strong factor in the Five Hundred Kingdoms world since most of the books ...more
Probably my least favorite Mercedes lackey book. Really lacked development of characters or plot. Meh.
perfectly serviceable fun greek myths retelling, kind of jammed into the 500 kingdoms universe
A fun little "what happened after ever after" that tied up some loose ends.
something i have read before. i swear there is a movie
Love the 500 kingdom series but not one of its best
Not up to par as the rest of the series.
I thought the use of a well known story of Persephone and Hades to spice up the life of Brunnhilde and Leo as really great.
Mercedes Lackey has been hinting through out these books that the Gods do appear in some fashion in certain realms. It was a great way to introduce us to them without trying to come up with a whole new story arc with the Greek Gods.
It was also nice to see Brunnhilde and Leo brought back without belaboring the whole story of how they met. Makes you want to go find th
Beverly Diehl
Persephone and Hades get tangled up with a couple from Norse mythology, Brunnhilde and Leopold. Hilarity ensues.

I adore any retelling of Greek mythology, and am a big fan of Mercedes Lackey's work. This has her usual light, humorous touch, unexpected twists , and yet there were places it sagged a little, or the language felt repetitive. I still enjoyed it a lot, especially the way that Leopold, the mortal, turned the gods into HIS servants. It's a good read, just not one of the best from this au
Nice short book. I loved the twist with the 500 kingdoms series and Greek Mythology. I really like the fairy re-telling tales. They always make a old story seem new. This one gave a unique look into the life of Greek gods and explained them in such a way that was believable in the setting of the kingdoms. I give it 3 out of 5 starts because I think it could have been longer and more back story told on some characters. It does fit in nicely with the Sleeping Beauty book.
Brilliant. Just brilliant. My only complaint is I wish it was longer!
I love how Mercedes Lackey writes. She stays relatively true as possible to the lore of ancient kingdoms and fairytales but with a beautiful twist to make them interesting ... its like having a comedian teach you mythology. Love it!

This time around you get thrown into the worlds of Norse and ancient Greek mythology. So if you are a fan of those you'll get right into this one. I know I did.
A fun little quick read.
Deb Cutler
Greek Gods are dorks.
Sheila Beaumont
This novella is a fun take on the Persephone myth, in which Brunnhilde is mistaken for Persephone by Thanatos and abducted into the Underworld to become Hades' wife. I loved the mash-up of Greek mythology, fairy tales, and Norse mythology. If you haven't read Ms. Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdoms novels yet, start with The Fairy Godmother and find out all about the Tradition.
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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts &a ...more
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