Phoenix and Ashes
Eleanor Robinson’s life had shattered when Father volunteered for the Great War, leaving her alone with a woman he had just married. Then the letter came that told of her father’s death in the trenches and though Eleanor thought things couldn’t get ...more
It's one of the longer Elemental Masters. It's easily the size of "Wizard of London" twice over. This is her Cinderella, set in 1916, between an English farmgirl and a wounded pilot. Both characters are fleshed out nicely. Usually the 'prince' in a fair ...more
It is a modernized telling of Cinderella, complete with ...more
This is the story of Eleanor (Ellie) Robinson, a girl who has been enslaved by her evil stepmother upon her father's death, and of Reggie Fenyx, a gentleman pilot who has become severely damaged from service in World War I. Reggie and Evil Stepmother are Masters of earth elements--air and earth, respectively--and Ellie is just starting to re ...more
Again, I will have to complain at the lack of consistency. Evil stepmother does away with father... without making sure he changed his will?? Seriously? Evil stepmother casts a curse on stepdaughter (pretty gruesomely) to make sure no one recognizes her... while her godmother, a minor witch still lives in the village and knows what's going on - and does nothing? The Masters of London do not feel the taint of evil coming from stepmother? Etc etc
Also Ellie (t ...more
Like all of the books in the Elemental Master series this book ca ...more
Evil Step-mother is also evil witch too
Cinderella is also elemental mage
Prince is only noble, but he is also soldier and elemental mage, but he is injured in first world war and has also deep emotioal scars from war.
And typical for this series Mereces Lackey describes in great detail how people live in time period described in book. So this time we get to know how difficult life were in England during war and how losing millions of soldiering ...more
Much much more satisfying than my last read of this author
Unlike the other books I've read by her so far this one seems more fully fleshed out in terms of character development and motivations, plot continuity, and the climax/ ending is much more satisfying (usually this is my biggest problem with her work).
Eleanor Robinson is a young aspiring scholar in early 1900s (something I love about Lackey is her female characters are always defying convention in some form) who means to study in Oxfor ...more
Each of Mercedes Lackey’s ELEMENTAL MASTERS novels is a stand-alone fairytale retelling. Some of the novels have overlapping characters, but you can read these books in any order. The fourth book, Phoenix and Ashes, is a mostly pleasant Cinderella story set in England during The Great War. Maya, the Indian doctor from The Serpent’s Shadow, is a minor character. I listened to Michel ...more
I also like that the villains make plans, but aren't always able to execute them. The good-guys, even minor characters, do things to adjust the plans at various times throughout the book. In most stories, the villains seem unstoppable until the very end. But in this series, the villains have set ...more
Unlike others in the series I got through this quite quickly and felt it was the best so far in the series.
I enjoy the books in the Elemental Masters series, fairytale retellings with elemental magic. This is a Cinderella story set during WWI.
I enjoyed the main characters and the potential for their romance. Both Ella and Reggie have problems and it's satisfying to see them overcome them. I thought there wasn't much development of their connection, though.
The villains were, in typical Lackey fashion, truly villainous. As with other books I could have ...more
I've never been a huge Cinderella fan, but this novel did a fabulous job retelling the original fairy tale, along with some history and magic. I really liked Eleanor and Reggie as well as the supporting cast, and Alison and company were very satisfying villains.
Perhaps my only real complaint was that the ...more
She always picks out pretty obvious themes in her books and stresses them fairly strongly - this time round the stupidity of war and discrimination based on class and sex.
Some of it was interesting, but some of it was just over detail that bogged the story down. Can't say there was much closure or excitement at the end either, compared to how long the build up was.
All in all, not one of my favourite ML ...more
It makes a lot of sense to think that magic is at work in the Cinderella story - more so than just to get her to the ball - but to keep her as an anonymous servant in her own house. Alison is the Evil Stepmot ...more
Because I didn't even get halfway through this book, I feel like I shouldn't give it a star rating at all, because I don't have as much of a sense for how it would be at the end. Technically this was a reread, which makes the fact that I couldn't finish it even more surprising to me. I remember loving this book so much just a few years ago.
And even now, I can see what I liked so much about this book. The retelling of Cinderella is fairly clever. The reason she hangs arou ...more
I once again started on the third book in a series without knowing that it was the third book. That's okay though, I think that these can easily be read as standalones. Kind of urban fantasy? I'm not entirely sure where to place this, like historical fantasy fiction? It's also a fairy tale retelling, so once again there is a lot going on here.
Eleanor was set to be one of the first females to attend Oxford, though they aren't yet handing out degrees to women. Then her father married an evil woma...more
Retelling of Cinderella at the time of World War I.
Cinderella is played here by the character of Eleanor Robinson, a young woman who is working hard to be admitted to Oxford University. Only her father - literally bewitched by a Dark Earth Elemental Master - remarries, bringing his new wife, Alison, and two stepdaughters home before taking off to join the war effort. And dying in the process.
Evil stepmother binds Eleanor (in a rather gruesome manner) as a servant in her own h ...more
I just don't know how Mercedes Lackey manages to make a story about characters in a version of history that all feels simultaneously like reality and a fairy tale. I just got pulled in and taken along on the adventure, and even though I knew the basis of the fairy tale being told, I still got repeatedly surprised along the way. The next part of my review might be considered edging into spoilery, so proceed with caution...
[Musical interlud ...more
Lackey's descriptions of life and war are so very well done, sometimes they are painful to read. She captures whatever period she is focusing on so wel ...more