The Fairy Godmother (Five Hundred Kingdoms #1)
In the land of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, if you can't carry out your legendary role, life is no fairy tale....
Elena Klovis was supposed to be her kingdom's Cinderella--until fate left her with a completely inappropriate prince! So she set out to make a new life for herself. But breaking with "The Tradition" was no easy matter--until she got a little help from her own fair...more
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“Once the blinders are off, it's rather hard to go back to seeing things the way you used to.”
So, before I read romance I was a huge fantasy reader. And basically from the years 2000-2010 I was devouring anything Mercedes Lackey. She's fantastic! In this newer series by her, she twists known fairy tales into new retellings and creates an interesting new premise.
When Elena (Ella Cinders) reaches the age of 21 she had lost hope that her prince (or any man) would come to her ...more
I do love fun fairytale books though, and have heard great things about Mercedes Lackley, so I'm excited to read it!
Meh. I really liked the parts about Elena becoming a Godmother and the things as ...more
At first it seems like you are reading a re-telling of Cinderella. I must confess, I have always hated the Cinderella story. It always struck me as plain old child abuse. But while Elaine's story starts off as Cinderella,it veers rather sharply away from the familiar path of that tale.
As her disgruntled fairy Godmother tells her, there is no Prince available for her. The only one near enough is still just a toddler. And Elaine herself isn't getting any younger. And since the Fairy ...more
Alexander is one of those questers. The second son to be exact. In the story where there are three sons and the first two fail. But they don’t all fail as spect ...more
This is a Luna book, they are a new fantasy imprint of Harlequin, so randomly halfway through the romance took a turn for the Whooo, BAAABY! and then the plot continued ...more
The Fairy Godmother is the first book in Mercedes Lackey’s Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series. Published under Harlequin Romance’s Luna imprint, the series seems targeted primarily at female romance-fantasy readers.
Loosely based on the Cinderella folk tale, The Fairy Godmother follows Elena Klovis, a girl all set up to be Cinderella—but the kingdom’s prince is just a child! When she takes matters into her own hands to escape her Wicked Stepmother, a ...more
I really liked the story. It's set in a world called 500 Kingdoms, where a magical force called The Tradition forces life stories to fit nicely into a known tale. We see a failed attempt at a Cinderella story, a woman named Elena who has lots of magic surrounding her, trying to force her into a marriage with a prince, any prince. Her step family decides to run away from their creditors, leaving Ele ...more
In these books fairy tales are templates, "paths", that fate-like force "Tradition" tries to force events to fit. It's the job of the Godmothers to use magic and will to turn Tradition to their will and away from unhappy events.
Eh. It was ok. It just... I don't know.
Since Elana is featured in almost all of the other books, it was worth it to find out more of her story, though.
I guess I was just expecting too much.
Young adult fantasy based on fairy tales. It was u ...more
The Fairy Godmother was my first experience with author Mercedes Lackey, and I admit that I was a bit disappointed. In looking at the overall story, Lackey had many elements that fantasy and romance genre fans would really enjoy. However, the execution of her story left much lacking.
The world she creates for the Five Hundred Kingdoms series is extensively detailed. It's a place where magic and fairy tales rule. Th ...more
The main character was annoying at first, ...more
The story starts with Elena - a failed Cinderella story heroine. In her case, her prince is only 7 years and completely unsuitable for sweeping her off her feet. So instead, she gets an opportunity to reform her own destiny as a Godmother. And so, she enters t ...more
The 500 kingdoms are ruled by the "Tradition" a supernatural force that pushes people down a certain fairy tale path ... lame. No one has a choice in the matter. Elena, supposed to be Cinderella but lacking a Prince to fulfill her story, gets apprenticed to her kingdoms fairy Godmother instead and uses her inherent magic to become a godmother herself.
First 10 chapters consisted of drawn out boring world building. While the novel is well written grammatically, I had an issue with the ...more
PLOT: Stop me if you've heard this one. Once Upon A Time in a fairy tale/far away kingdom there lived a beautiful girl named Elena Klovis, that because she tended house after her evil step-mother and step-sisters (and one of those tasks was cleaning the cinders from the fireplace) they gave her the nickname "Cinder-Ella". After making a wish to attend a ball (that evil step-witches forbid her to attend) to meet a handsome Prince Charming, her Godmother in shinning sparkles app ...more
I. Loved. This. Book.
Elena is the Cinderella of her kingdom. Without going into too much crazy detail, in the world Lackey has created, magic is almost a sentient being that directs lives into plots of fairy tales (don't get mad at me - it's been a while so I may be wrong ...more
There is a completely unnecessary romance though.
It starts off pretty solid, then gets clunky in exposition that takes over the ENTIRE plot. Now, I don't FAULT the book -- nor author -- for this ...more
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