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Preview — One Good Knight by Mercedes Lackey
One Good Knight (Five Hundred Kingdoms #2)
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...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
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 ...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
‘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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more