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One Good Knight (Five Hundred Kingdoms #2)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,384 Ratings  ·  378 Reviews

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

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Debbie--I have a headache from GR
I keep reading Lackey's new books because of some misguided sense of author loyalty. I realized a while back that I'd fallen out of love with her writing. Her characters are too one-dimensional, her plotting is cliched and at times forced, the endings are rushed, and her main characters all appear to be variations on the same theme. However, I had enjoyed The Fairy Godmother because it was fresh and original. I was therefore looking forward to this one. It was a let down. All of Lackey's faults ...more
May 21, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
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
Jun 20, 2007 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lackey fans, fantasy fans
Shelves: fantasy
One Good Knight takes place in the Five Hundred Kingdoms world established by The Fairy Godmother. Lackey writes an engaging retelling of the Andromeda sacrifice. Andie, our main character, is a pretty standard Lackey heroine: Spunky, smart, overlooked in intelligence & beauty and yet loved by her commoner friends. Oh yah, and has a mother who secretly hates her and has a dark secret.

At the same time, I don't mind the cliches as much as I would otherwise as Lackey has established that she'
Jun 13, 2007 devra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairytales
This has to be one of the weakest offerings to date by Lackey--and I've read them all, including "If I Pay Thee Not in Gold" and "The Wizard of London" (the two I would have considered the worst until this point)

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
Feb 21, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading and loving Lackey's "The Fairy Godmother", I was a little hesitant to continue the series since so many reviewers seemed to have some major problems with the second installment. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book held my attention almost as much as its predecessor.

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
Jan 05, 2012 Lynnae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fairy-tale lovers, Lackey fans
As fairy tale retellings go, this was fantastic! Lackey breaks many of the fairy tale tropes by shamelessly mixing and merging many well-known stories in the grab-bag of her Five Hundred Kingdoms. She's done an excellent job of building a world that allows her exactly that freedom, paying homage to the original tales and using them to inform and guide her characters' actions as they re-craft the story for themselves.

I enjoy self-aware stories, where the characters exhibit the intelligence to kn
Ana Mardoll
Mar 31, 2011 Ana Mardoll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ana-reviewed
One Good Knight / 978-0-373-80260-9

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
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
This was a drastic improvement over the first in the series of the Five Hundred Kingdoms. Almost none of the problems I had from the first novel were in this sequel, and it was vastly more entertaining to read than The Fairy Godmother. Instead of focusing on the "Cinderella" fairytale, the second book is about the Greek legend of the Andromeda sacrifices in a small, poor Kingdom with no Godmother.
First on the list of vast improvements is Andromeda herself. Andie is the main character and is actu
Janus Vielle (The Blair Book Project)
I've seen a number of reviewers not pleased with One Good Knight. When I read it myself, I had mixed feelings about it. My mind has been switching from liking to not then liking it again, and then not...again. By the ending I was really confused.

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
Lydia Presley
It's sometimes difficult to write a review of a book in a series, because you don't want to reveal anything from the books before. So while I could gush on and on about how awesome it was to see familiar characters in this book in detail, I'll.. spare you the detail and just say that One Good Knight solidified my love for Mercedes Lackey.

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
This book hovers between two and three stars, simply because I found the plot and characters to be rather boring. The characters are all two-dimensional, predictable, and stereotypical, and the hastily contrived romantic ending added nothing to the novel.

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
Jan 11, 2010 Gretchen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been on a Mercedes Lackey kick for the past year or so, and it's always a little disappointing. The problem when you crank out 50+ books is that you tend to sacrifice quality for quantity.

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
Donna  Happy Booker
I didn't like it quite as much as the first in the series, Fairy Godmother, but it was still a good read. I like the way Lackey writes her characters.
Kimberly Ann
At first I just couldn't get into the story.... which is why the 3.85 rating.

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 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
Mar 23, 2015 Cassie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I reread the first book in this series and I liked it much more the 2nd time so I decided to check out the sequel finally.

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
Jun 14, 2014 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“’That I’ve never known anyone it was easier to be—friends with,’ she said, hesitating a moment over the “friend” part. Because it felt as if their relationship was unfolding into something a great deal warmer than mere friendship.
‘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
Apr 18, 2014 Lark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fairy-tale
This review will be short because I read through the entire Five Hundred Kingdoms series in quick succession, meaning I have to write about 5 reviews on similar topics.

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
Feb 24, 2012 Usiusiusi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fluff story. I really like the author is slowly building her characters. Love is part of this story but again like pepper in a dish. Something nice and tasty but nothing who takes over the entire dish.

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.
Dec 29, 2011 Daphne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another happy and quick read. Still takes place in the Five Hundred Kingdoms (as the series name suggests). Elena & Alexander play a crucial part, but don't expect to see them appear much in the story. Otherwise fun and still refreshing, plot isn't as jam-packed as the Fairy Godmother, but I'm glad that it's quite different. Look forward to reading more in the series.
Jul 03, 2014 A B rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Book one in this series, "The Fairy Godmother", was terrific. This second book, however, is a very lackluster follow-up. You'd think that a story about a princess named Andromeda with a mother named Cassiopeia would have just a little bit of the original myth in it. And you'd be completely wrong.

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
Dec 31, 2015 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My view of these books is so muddled. I really like the magic system and the idea of the Tradition looming over everything and influencing lives for the better, or worse. However, as original and interesting a concept as this is it doesn't seem to be used to its fullest extent. We spend so much of the novel focused on build up that the climax and resolution of the novel are covered in like (I don't remember exactly so forgive for the hyperbole) a chapter and a half. Everything just unfolds quick ...more
Kilian Metcalf
Dec 03, 2012 Kilian Metcalf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author takes The Tradition, stands it on its head, gives it a spin and serves up a deliciously clever story. The Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms are a treat. I wish there could be five hundred tales, one for each kingdom. I hate to think of the series coming to an end.
Lindsay Adams
Mar 14, 2014 Lindsay Adams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay. So I generally -love- Lackey's writing, but I found that the first half of this story just dragged. I realize that a lot of the beginning info is important, but I wish Lackey could have trimmed it down a bit. It was very dry and struggled through it only for the promise of dragons.

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
Nov 06, 2014 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoy reading these books. They're original with remarkable characters and an ever-promising plot line. Unfortunately, for both books I've read in this series, the author tends to avoid the actual point of conflict!

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
Aspects of this book were good. I liked the characters of Andie and Gina, and - well, I can't really think of anything else I REALLY liked that much. It was fine for the first two thirds, although the bad guys were a bit silly, but when it got to the part about the maidens and the dragons (which you would think would make things more exciting) it really started to drag. And the romances were not convincing, especially Gina's decision at the end. And I didn't like how Elena and Alexander from the ...more
Christy Stewart
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Dennis Fischman
"The Tradition" is to Mercedes Lackey's series what the Three Laws of Robotics were to Isaac Asimov's. They provide the underpinnings of a world and, at the same time, pose puzzles that can only be solved by getting to the end of the book. In this case, those puzzles include: how can a virgin team up with a Champion when both of them are women? How can a girl's story have a happy ending when the love of her life is not human? And how can a sworn band of soldiers take vows to one another without ...more
Cindy Pierce
It's only the second in the series but after reading the first I was disappointed at how slowly One Good Knight seemed to move. Typically I can read a book in a day or so but this took several just because I wasn't excited to read it and wasn't sure I cared what happened next. I've heard great things about the 500 Kingdoms series as a whole, and I'm a sucker for a fairy tale retelling, so I'll continue with the series. The pace did pick up towards the end and I will definitely continue reading t ...more
Oct 04, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very good book. I like it because the princess does not fall in love with the knight but instead starts to fall in love with the dragon.
I shall be very subjective in this review because...
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Five Hundred Kingdoms (6 books)
  • The Fairy Godmother (Five Hundred Kingdoms, #1)
  • Fortune's Fool (Five Hundred Kingdoms, #3)
  • The Snow Queen (Five Hundred Kingdoms, #4)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Five Hundred Kingdoms, #5)
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