Fortune's Fool (Five Hundred Kingdoms #3)
The seventh daughter of the Sea King, Ekaterina is more than a pampered princess--she's also the family spy. Which makes her the perfect emissary to check out interesting happenings in the neighboring kingdom...and nothing interests her more than Sasha, the seventh son of the king of Belrus. Ekaterina suspects he's far from the fool people think him. But before she can fin...more
The seventh daughter of the Sea King, Ekaterina is more than a pampered princess--she's also the family spy.
Really, how could that be a better companion to chicken noodle soup, ice cream, and extra-fluffy pillows?
Also, as always, the worldbuilding was interesting, thoug ...more
I don't know if it was Mercedes Lackey's vivid descriptions or my own personal hangups from a childhood spent watching The Little Mermaid every week, but I was instantly enchanted by the underwater kingdom the heroine of this story is from. I loved the idea of it and of the way things were run there, as well as the execut ...more
I did like Sasha and Katya and the various talking animals along the way. Enjoyable but not particularly noteworthy.
Note to Self:
Ekaterina(Sea-King's 7th daughter,spy,21yo,"Katya","Tsunami",King's personal guard,sis, Princess, water magic,pal)+ Sasha Feliks Pavel Pieterovich(Prince of Led Belarus,7th son,bro,King's F ...more
I have nothing against beach-reading. Most of what I read could probably be classified as 'escapist, wish-fulfillment fluff.' And I'm OK with that. However, I prefer my books to possess some sort of internal logic and cohesive world-building. In Fortune's Fool, I felt as though Lackey threw out anything resembling conflict because that would be *bad* and scary and perhaps give this morass of a story some sort of palatability.
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Imagine my surprise when this turned out to be one of my favorites from her Five Hundred Kingdoms' series. Moral of the story: Don't judge a book based on the fairytale...or something.
My reason for liking the book may be based on the fact that, unlike in some of Lackey's other books, the hero in this one isn't a total douchebag. I found it refreshing ...more
Both are particularly gifted seventh-born children. They are both lucky, yet the feeling of fortune that they experience doesn’t mean that they do not get into difficulties or that they do ...more
Each book in the Five Hundred Kingdoms series is similar: Engaging characters are moved deftly through a simple, yet interesting plot filled with heartwarming (but never cloying) and smile-inducing moments. Each tackles an aspect of the fairy tale Tradition – or perhaps it is better to say that each approaches the Tradition from a different angle, thereby keeping fresh the conceptual thread that runs through these novels. Another similarity is that I always think Ms. Lacke ...more
In another tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Sasha and Katya are both seventh born children. The difference between them is that one belongs on the land and the other in the sea. Both have important roles for their kingdoms, but both are equally alone as well.
Sasha and Katya show very little character development. Sasha is the kind hearted soul ...more
But what it did suffer from was an extreme need for an editor.
For example, there is one particularly noteworthy paragraph that is a PAGE AND A HALF LONG! Mor ...more
Ekaterina - Katya - is the seventh ...more
Ekaterina, "Katya" for short, is the seventh daughter of the Sea King's fourteen children. Her father is a very wise man who has brought peace rather than endless war to his kingdom. He believes that all his children should have useful work to do based on their individual talents, rather than getting spoiled, lazy and causing trouble due to idleness. Katya can function equally well breathing air and walking on land and breathing water and ...more
Even though I liked both Katya and Sasha, this book is more about the side characters and the little stories. It's not really about their romance at all. Which is good because if you really think about it, the ...more
It's cute, fantasy-romance fluff.
I like the way the author combines folk and fairy tales together in her fantasy world, and how there's always a twist on the familiar stories.
I noticed a few typos which always bothers me in non-indie printed format. There's no real excuse for that.
I'm weird about my fantasy. I have some friends who absolutely love the heavy epic type of fantasy, and I just cannot do that. I am always weary of the author spending too much time on world-building and description ...more
Don't think this is a retelling of "The Little Mermaid". It is based on Russian folk tales, not the works of Hans Christian Andersen. Yes, there is a princess of the sea people - basically, humans without tails that live underwater - who happens to walk in love with a dry land prince, but that is a ...more
More so than in the previous two installments, I'm finding things in the novel that irk me. I'm a bit of a Grammar Nazi, so the increasing amount of comma splices and similar small but noticeable grammatical errors annoy me. Most people won't notice or care, so really that's not a big deal. Lackey's writing style ...more
The use of Russian mythology as a backdrop, the main male lead being set in the Tradition as a Fool, the enchanted castle run by an evil magical force that is cursing the landscape around it...this reads like someone read Firebird and tried to write a cheap knockoff of it and sell it, only the person writing the cheap knockoff also wrote the original novel.
The Five Hundred Kingdoms is ...more