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Fortune's Fool by Mercedes Lackey

Fortune's Fool (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Mercedes Lackey

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As the seventh daughter of the Sea King, Ekaterina has a wonderful life - but also a lot of responsibility. Her special gift for moving around on land made her the perfect emissary from her father to check out interesting happenings on the surface. In short, she becam the family spy.
Title:Fortune's Fool
Authors:Mercedes Lackey
Info:Luna (2007), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 368 pages
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Fortune's Fool by Mercedes Lackey (2007)



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Enjoyable, though not so much as the first in the series. I liked the characters and the way the plot developed, but there were what seemed like a LOT of subplots... more than I think I would have preferred. ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | May 18, 2020 |
Absolutely loved it. One of my favorites out of all of her works. ( )
  Linyarai | Feb 16, 2020 |
NOTE: Actual personal rating is 1.5 out of 5.

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.

Chapters one through five made this unbearable. Seriously? Did we just spend five chapters creating a freaking origami crane as our deus ex machina? The author decided to just establish a whole minor society and throw them away just so the protagonist could have the magical equivalent of e-mail.

I finished Fortune's Fool, so I feel bound to round up my rating to a 2/5. After all, I found it readable -- even if I did have to quell an urge to toss the book across the room every 20 minutes.

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  treehorse | Nov 7, 2019 |
3.25 stars

Katya is a sea princess, daughter of the Sea King. Sasha is the 7th son of the leader of a land kingdom; he is a fool and a songweaver. After a little romance between them, Katya is called away to save some kidnapped girls, and Sasha later comes to find Katya.

I mostly enjoyed this one, though I did lose interest at various intervals. I did like Katya – she is a strong character and a spy for her father. Parts of the book were from her point of view, while other parts were from Sasha’s. At the start, I enjoyed Katya’s POV more, but I was enjoying Sasha’s more in the second half of the book, as well. ( )
  LibraryCin | Feb 11, 2018 |
I do like these tales. They'd be perfect for a young girl (say, ages 13-15) reading above her age level because the heroines are courageous and feminine (or tomboyish, as suits), the heroes are kind and masculine, the villains are treated with whatever respect is due them. In fact, the villains are rewarded with mercy - because the good guys are truly *good* and are so noble they deserve to win.

I also would have loved the romance in these as a young girl, as it would have taught me 'the birds and the bees' the way no clinical book, awkward parental monologue, or schoolyard gossip could have. It's passionate, stimulating, and true to honest love. And the couple will, of course, get married, but they'll live not happily ever after, but adventurously ever after.

There's plenty of humor, too. And the details of the world-building & rules of magic and the whole underlying force of The Tradition are marvelously done. Lackey includes important tropes and motifs, but never stoops to cliches. Well-done. May she magically become immortal and write a book this creative and satisfying for every one of the Five Hundred Kingdoms. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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