Well written and easy to listen to. a very engaging story, but I was displeased by the pairing of the good girl and the annoying terrible boy.
I love this book, I listen to it over and over again. I really enjoy the twist on classic fairy tales in this entire series.
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.