As you know, there have been dozens and dozens of twists and turns applied to the old fairy tales we grew up with as children. They range from the ridiculous to the sublime and have been done by good authors, bad authors and great authors. Mercedes Lackey has been a staple in the fantasy world for quite some time and, though I had never read her novels until now, I knew of her and know many who love her. When I was presented with this series I was skeptical of yet another take on the old fairy tales but I wanted something fun and I was assured that this was what I was looking for. Guess what...? They were right. I fell in love with these novels and have devoured them all in a matter of months.
The overall score I provide here has to do with the reader, rather than the story. As you can see, the story received a 5 star vote from me. Gabra Zakman is a fun and enthusiastic reader; however, I felt there was something to be desired in her reading of certain characters, mostly the males. She did grow on me though and her rendition was not such that it kept me returning again and again to the Five Hundred Kingdoms. I am now on my second go through and am loving these stories just as much the second time.
If you love Mercedes Lackey or if you just want something light and fun, please give these novels a whirl. I hope you love them as much as I do.
Gabra Zackman isn't my favorite narrator but she does a fairly good job with all the different voices and with managing to keep those voices separate and distinct. In my opinion this is the best of Mercedes Lackey's 500 Kingdoms books.
Yes, its an old favourite story and the performance is good.
Its a good introduction into Mercedes Lackey's series: The Five Hundred Kingdoms.
An enjoyable story with a worthy orphan girl, an evil stepmother, a Fairy Godmother, silly prince and redemption.
I did like the cat skidding down the armour and into the giants hand!
While parts of the writing may seem to be a bit 'young adult' there a few steamy parts that I would not want my teen nieces to hear - but nothing too x rated. An all round fun read.
The narrator was easy to listen to and the Cinderella theme was not too overbearing.
Mother of three wonderful girls! I love to listen to audiobooks during my commute. Love to hear about any good books.
This was a very cute twist on a Cinderella fairy tale. I really enjoyed this.
In my opinion, a good story evokes emotion. It'll make me laugh, angry, or cry. But it can't just be words on a page. It has to do something
Not very good. Failed to carry the story thru in several places. Not a good fantasy book. Not a good romance book. Not a good fairy tale. So what the fairy flip was that? I struggled thru but it was so slow. I was ready to ditch by the 2nd chapter.
Enchanting, Entertaining, Everything a fairytale should be.
Gabra Zackman read it to me as fairytales should be read.
I can't wait for her to read the next one to me.
this was a sweet story and i enjoyed it. it seems the rest of the series follows one off characters and i'm intrigued. i could have used more romance between the 2 leads.
I will definitely try another Mercedes Lackey book. This was a light, very enjoyable read.
I enjoyed the way the author brought a twist to the old Cinderella tale and interwove other fairy tale characters into the story. It was quite fun to suddenly see a connection to another story I've known all my life. Very creative and Gabra Zachman did a great job on the voices.
I decided to give this book a shot on one of the discount book sales. Had no expectations but this one was a pleasant surprise. It took a while to get into, but it was a very clever twist on some old fairy tales. I enjoyed how many familiar fairy tales are woven into this story. Thoroughly enjoyed the moral lessons taught to the middle son and how it was done. Loved her trusty steed, and the cast of house characters. If you are looking for a unique fairy tale, give this one a shot!
Loved the house elf Rose, and the trusty steed that pulled the Fairy Godmother's wagon. Oh, and the Mirror...just classic!
Wonderful accents, great energy, kept me up way too late on many nights listening.