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One Good Knight (Five Hundred Kingdoms #2)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  7,556 ratings  ·  350 reviews
Another story sparkling with wit and humor from New York Times bestselling author Mercedes Lackey.

Traditionally, marauding dragons are soothed only by a virgin sacrifice. And so practical-minded Princess Andromeda -- with the encouragement of her mother's court -- reluctantly volunteers to do her duty, asking only for a sword to defend herself. Well, her offer is accepted

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Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Luna (first published March 1st 2006)
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Debbie
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
Anne
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
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Dawn
Jun 20, 2007 Dawn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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'
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devra
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
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Lauren
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
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Lynnae
Jan 05, 2012 Lynnae rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Ana Mardoll
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
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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
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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
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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
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Emily
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
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Cheryl
Ah, I'm a sucker for a clever spin on classic fairy tales, so after enjoying the first in this series, The Fairy Godmother, and finding that my library has them all, I just had to get this.

It reads just a little younger - not so steamy, and shorter. And it does stand alone (though there are references to the first book). Certainly not to everyone's taste, but I thought it was sweet, smart, fun, and satisfying. It plays with the cliches, doesn't pander to them. And the plucky heroine is far from
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Gretchen
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
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Library-KAT
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 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
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Janet
“’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
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Lark
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
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Usiusiusi
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.
Daphne
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.
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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
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Kilian Metcalf
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
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
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Kate
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
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Christy Stewart
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Kathryn
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.
Bookstorequeer
Now, this one wasn't anywhere near the level of excitement, adventure, and awesome story telling that I usually expect from Lackey. It also didn't have the fun world-building of the first book in the series. That said, it was an entertaining tale. I like Andie as a character, the Champion was great, and the ending was kind of adorable (although I didn't really see (view spoiler) ...more
Stacey
After devouring The Fairy Godmother, I wasted no time in getting my hands on a copy of One Good Knight and I am so glad I did. I was a little worried because the reviews weren't all glowing. The heroine of this story, Andie is a poor little rich girl, the daughter of a Queen. She is undervalued and overlooked, and tends to blend into the background. She enjoys reading, researching, and spending time with six guards, who are the only people she considers friends. One day, the Queen and her 'conso ...more
Alexa
I was really excited to find this addition to the re-imagined fairytale genre, but unfortunately I found this book to be a little too "happily ever after."

On the positive side, I liked that this book weaved together classical fairytale elements and ancient mythology; I have never come across that combination before, and I think it was a welcome contribution to the re-imagined fairytale genre.

Also, I thought there were a lot of clever plot twists that I did not see coming and a big reveal towar
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Brittany
This was a quick read for me-I checked it out of the library and I finished it Monday. It's a really good book and I wanna read more from this series.

Basically, this book is about a Princess named Andromeda or Andie for short, is sacrificed to a dragon thanks to the evil plan of her mother, Queen Cassiopeia of Acadia and her right hand man, Solon (who reminded me SO MUCH of Sir William Cecil, all except he's a magician). Cassiopeia asked Solon to erect a barrier to keep out Godmothers and Champ
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Jenny
This is the first book I've ever read by Mercedes Lackey. She's a fantasy staple, I know, due to the fact that my college roommate's bookshelves were filled with her novels! Somehow, I never picked one up at that time.

I'm not clear on whether this book is part of a series (I think it is), but it stands very well on its own. The main character Princess Andromeda, who prefers to go by Andie, hearkens to the shy bookworm in all of us, overshadowed by the sultry, charismatic presence of her mother,
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Cassandra Page
I liked the first book in the series, "The Fairy Godmother", but "One Good Knight" was very disappointing. There wasn't a single plot "twist" that I didn't see coming - which might sound like I have my bragging pants on, except that usually these things take me by surprise so I'm pretty sure that it was more about how obviously they were telegraphed.

Worse, the love story toward the end of the book was simply painful to read - I would have preferred no love story and for Andromeda (aka Andie) to
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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 & ...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)
  • Beauty and the Werewolf (Five Hundred Kingdoms, #6)
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