Another story sparkling with wit and humor from New York Times best-selling author Mercedes Lackey.
Traditionally, marauding dragons are soothed only by a virgin sacrifice. And so practical-minded Princess Andromeda - with the encouragement of her mother's court - reluctantly volunteers to do her duty, asking only for a sword to defend herself. Well, her offer is accepted, but the weapon isn't forthcoming, and so Andromeda faces the dragon alone.
Until a Champion arrives to save her - sort of. Sir George doesn't quite defeat the dragon, but as Andromeda finishes rescuing herself she discovers that beneath the Good Knight's well-meaning though inexperienced heroics lies a further tale… Still, Andromeda can't leave her seacoast country in further jeopardy from the dragon's return, and so she and…er… George join to search for the dragon's lair. But even - especially - in the Five Hundred Kingdoms, bucking with Tradition isn't easy. It takes the strongest of wills, more than a hint of stubbornness, quick thinking and a refusal to give up, no matter what happens along the way.
Somehow, though, none of this was taught in princess school…
©2006 Mercedes Lackey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I expect a good story from Mercedes and I was not disappointed. You come to expect certain things from fairy-tales, What I did not expect was how I burst out laughing when the unicorns came. The reaction to them and someone being "outed" by them was something I hadn't considered. The performance and story still makes me smile a week later. I simply must have the next book in the series.
Designer. Aviation Enthusiast. Fitness Instructor. Love books. Prefer long series with happy endings in mystery, comedy, fantasy, & romance.
If you've seen the new TV show Once Upon a Time with all the most well know old fables and stories, and you liked that you will love how Gabra Zackman brings this series to life. Mercedes writes a good story but most of her books are read by terrible narrators (I found that out trying to listen to a couple others and then reading all the reviews). Not to worry in this series, because you have Gabra Zackman. After this series I fell in love with Gabra's reading style and went so far as to follow her on Facebook, as well as look up other stories she has read. Most of my favorite audible books now are read by Gabra. Luckily she is a prolific reader and audible has dozens of pages of books read by her. I just feel bad that Mercedes Lackey choose not to user her for any of her other series. I wish Audible would go back through some of Mercedes books with bad reviews (MOST ARE ALL attributed to narrator boredom.. read the comments) and have her redo the books. Other great narrators (IMO) are Martha Harmon Pardee, Barbra Rosenblat (she made me read 18 books of the Amelia Peabody series.. the most addicted I've ever been to audible!), Becca Battoe (I have friends who disliked her in 50 shades but I ended up really seeing the world through her eyes easily, unfortunately the other books she narrates are mostly for kids, ugh!).
GREAT SERIES, a must listen for anyone (mostly women) who love comedy, mystery, magic, fantasy, love, and tales that remind of you of Cinderella, lost princesses and knights in shining armor. NOT a kids book.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
No as I own way too many audio books that I have yet to listen.
Our Dragons heros and the Fox. Lots of pure charm
Ms Zackman has such a full range. The Dragons and fox stand out.
A way different spin on an old fairytale classic. I thought there would be more funny dialogue based on other reviews. Not in this one. Lots of tender scenes. The dragons using their head and bodies so sweet.
If you are looking for tenderness, then this is for you. This is a cross between romance and
fairytale. Must love the old classic fairytales.
I am so happy to find this series! Virgin sacrifice, dragons, I really did not see the twists coming. Just a cute story. I was happy that this book did not have the detailed romantic encounters of the first book.
All Mercedes Lackey's 500 Kingdoms books are fun, clever takeoffs on common fairy tales and myths with little homages to other writers, such as Terry Pratchett.
Solon is pronounced SOH-lun.
The woman's name Mercedes (MUR-si-deez) is not pronounced the same way the car Mercedes-Benz is usually pronounced (mur-SAY-deez).
The production team need to do their homework!!!
Gabra Zackman has a very pleasant, clear voice and makes it easy to distinguish which character is speaking, but her pronunciation of unusual names and/or words is very distracting.
Love the books but as always I'm forced to skip many parts of this book as many others. I have a audible books account, and bed ridden at 50, so I turn to my books. But even though I am a strong woman, I thought to escape into a real fantasy, but the books are taking all that away too. Their are no true male hero's. Every author makes the woman just as strong as the man or men of these stories. As much as I like that in reality which is still bull____. I want my men to be men and my woman returning to women not he-men. Everyone has taken the cunning out of the women in the story to the point that it should just be two men in the story line for as strong as you all make woman. As strong as I am as a woman I don't need the accolades my husband might for his pride, because even he acknowledges, that without me he would have failed. But yet I didn't have to become his equal, because every woman knows we are the superior ones in the relationship without changing your nature...
Never read the print version, but the narrator was great!
When you really get to know the "champion" (don't want to say more because it would spoil the fun).
Not your typical bookworms.
This was a fun, light read that kept me entertained throughout and left me with warm fuzzy feelings.
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