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The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey

The Fairy Godmother (original 2004; edition 2004)

by Mercedes Lackey

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Title:The Fairy Godmother
Authors:Mercedes Lackey
Info:Luna (2004), Edition: 1ST, Hardcover, 432 pages
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Tags:Fantasy, Magic, Fae, Coming of Age, Romance (Historical), Adventure

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The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey (2004)

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A fun, creative take on fairy tales and a re-imagining of the fairy tale world. In the Five Hundred Kingdoms, a source of magic known as the Tradition aims to propel people through the "Traditional" tales and into the proscribed roles of princes, princesses, knaves, knights, and adventurers. Overall, this tale made for fun reading and I'll likely continue the series. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Dec 18, 2014 |
I can't wait to read the next one!!!! ( )
  CAMMD | Aug 4, 2014 |
I like the mash-up of various fairy tales, and the background story that justifies this world. Not sure Elena's maturation is convincing, particularly as she is shown as a worker, but not particularly clever or ambitious in the first chapter. She's been waiting for that prince, though she consciously rejects that trope. The prince that eventually does appear is very nicely drawn. His growing awareness and self-awareness make the story come alive. He and his brothers and Elena's staff are all well-rounded characters. Enjoyable. Will read more of the series. ( )
  2wonderY | Oct 22, 2013 |
As I commented before, Elena is a wonderful main character; her initial ignorance to the Tradition and magic provides a clever way for Lackey to introduce these concepts to new readers of the series. I highly recommend reading this book as an opening to the series (not only because Lackey intended it that way, but also as a personal suggestion).

Also, I love that Alexander isn't the traditional Hero or romantic partner. He takes some refining and a lot of patience to deal with, which in my case made him more endearing over time. Lackey conducted his change brilliantly.

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  hanbridturner | Sep 25, 2013 |
I threw these notes together for a review when I first finished the book, but am now too lazy to put them into paragraph form. Here are the thoughts themselves.

Magic system – fabulous premise, mediocre development and execution

Protagonist – Elena has no character development, is basically a Mary Sue

Love interest – Alexander has much more development, and by the end of the book seems more like the protagonist than Elena does

Romance – choppy, rushed, and underdeveloped

Side characters – one-dimensional

Writing – basic

Plot - predictable; only twist of actual moral stress turned out not to be the case, diminishing what little tension this story actually had

Two stars because the magic system's premise is good enough to bump it up from one. Really, the rest of the book did nothing for me. ( )
  NeitherNora | Sep 7, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0373802455, Mass Market Paperback)

From the bestselling author of the Heralds of Valdemar series comes an enchanting novel.

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 supposedto 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 fairy godmother. Who promptly offered Elena a most unexpected job. . .

Now, instead of sleeping in the chimney. She has to deal with arrogant, stuffed-shirt princes who keep trying to rise above their place in the tale. And there's one in particular who needs to be dealt with. . .

Sometimes a fairy godmother's work is never done. . . .

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In the mystical realm of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, the newest Fairy Godmother tries to help three impossible princes find the women of their dreams, while fending off an evil sorcerer who is determined to destroy her kingdom.

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