One Good Knight (Five Hundred Kingdoms #2)
When a dragon storms the castle, what should a (virgin) princess do?
Why, turn to her studies, of course! But nothing practical-minded Princess Andromeda of Acadia finds gives a definitive solution. The only Traditional answer, though, is soothing the marauding dragon by a virgin sacrifice. Things are going fairly smoothly with the lottery--except for the women chosen, of...more
This was not my favorite book of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, but it wasn't my least favorite, either.
The blurb made me think that One Good Knight started out with a dragon chomping on virgins, but in actuality it takes a while to get to that part of the story. There is more going on in this kingdom than meets the eye, as Andie discovers. The twist as the end of the book was cute, unfortunately I already knew about it. I can't remember where I saw the spoiler, but I'm sure it was my own ...more
At the same time, I don't mind the cliches as much as I would otherwise as Lackey has established that she' ...more
Lackey began this world brilliantly with "The Fairy Godmother"--a light, clever, and ultimately amusing read set in the 500 Kingdoms. I eagerly awaited the continuing adventures of Godmother Elena, Champion Alexander, and their battles against and for the "tradition."
Upon finishing this ...more
While I must agree that plot elements can be a little predictable and that sometimes the main character's inner dialogue has a tendency to repeat itself, overall I found the kingdom of Acadia and its inhabi ...more
I enjoy self-aware stories, where the characters exhibit the intelligence to kn ...more
I rather enjoy the Five Hundred Kingdoms books - starting with "The Fairy Godmother" and continuing to the recent fifth book "The Sleeping Beauty". The tales are something of a mixed-up fairy tale due to the unique backstory: a powerful and impersonal force called The Tradition constantly tries to impose "fairy tale" logic on people whose lives loosely fit the structure of commonly told fairy tales, and Godmothers and Champions devote their lives trying to faci ...more
First on the list of vast improvements is Andromeda herself. Andie is the main character and is actu ...more
I enjoyed reading the book, don't get me wrong. I was really pleased to see this take lesser pages than Lackey's other books that tended to be so descriptive. I also found the characters very likeable and the twist with regards to the champion was reall ...more
Seriously, y'all, I have so much fun reading these books.
I think, in a way, this book was almost better than the first... because it didn't require as much sett ...more
The real draw of this book - why I liked it despite myself - was "The Tradition," which is a magical force that acts upon the residents of the Five Hundred Kingdoms. Essentially, the Tradition requires that people act as it wants them to: freed ...more
Despite this, I love her stories (if not the actual writing). Especially this series. She actually takes a really interesting premise - people forced to adhere to archetypes (from myths, fairy tales, and fables), and makes an engaging story. Could it be more awesome? Yes. Is it pretty good anyway? Also yes ...more
The protagonist was just too long winded, but from the point where she was sacrificed to the dragon, things really picked up and the book held my interest, so much so that I didn't want to put it down....so I stayed up all night to finish this.
Queen Cassiopeia and her secret lover (who is also a secret Magus) Adviser Solon are getting richer as the kingdom grows poorer.... The weather is changing and more & more sh ...more
I was expecting romance-light just like the first one. This one is romance-extra-extra-light. Much lighter than your average teen fiction tbh. I would have been much happier if they had left the romance out all together since it was so half assed, and I actually liked the story. I remember being like 50 pages from the end and being like 'If this doesn't turn into a lesbian ro ...more
‘It’s odd, isn’t it?’ he responded. ‘Except for my brother, I’ve never been as comfortable around any dragon as I am around you. I don’t quite know how to fathom it.’
‘Then let’s not,’ she said instantly, not wanting to spoil anything. ‘Alright?’
He laughed. ‘One can cer ...more
One Good Knight is about a bookish Princess Andromeda who has to be sacrificed to a dragon. But somehow along the way ends up on a quest to save her kingdom from her own mother.
As per the last book, I very much like the premise of this series. I love the idea that Tradition moves a bit like fate and tries to make people's lives ...more
Again her heroine is some sensible and common character I can feel with. She isn't falling for the first good looking face and imagines him for the love of her life.
If you are searching for some romance novel you better not read this book :P.
It's sad because I think Mercedes Lackey could have turned the Perseus/Andromeda myth into a terrific fantasy, of course peppered with Tradition. Maybe Elena needs help keeping a vain woman from mak ...more
Other than that my biggest complaint with this story and the other one I just read (The Subtle Beauty by Ann Hunter), is they add so much other stuff that the romance/love becomes backstage stuff. So it ends up ...more
It's very frustrating really. Imagine yourself running a 5k, for instance. You've trained for it, you've enjoyed it, and yet when you're mere feet from the finish line, you decide to just turn around and go home. THIS is how I feel about the author's development of the p ...more
You have a short-sighted princess Andie that likes books more then appearances, a very unorthodox Sir George the champion when along comes a green dragon with his brother who are of a lineage of Bookworms (or is it Bookwyrms?) which makes them librarians and they are being guarded by a group of angry virgins. It's hilarious and brilliant. And it has a happy ending. What is there not to like in this fairy tale?! Sure, it has very predictable twi ...more