From the best-selling author of the Heralds of Valdemar series comes an enchanting new novel.
In the land of Five Hundred Kingdoms, if you can't carry out your legendary role, life is no fairy tale....
Elena Klovis was supposed to be her kingdom's Cinderella - until an accident of fate left her with a completely inappropriate prince! Determined not to remain with her stepfamily, Elena set out to get a new job - and ended up becoming the Fairy Godmother for the land.
But "Breaking with Tradition" was no easy matter. True, she didn't have to sleep in the chimney, but she had to deal with arrogant, stuffed-shirt princes who kept trying to rise above their place in the tale. In fact, one of them was so ornery that Elena could do nothing but change him into a donkey.
Still, her practical nature couldn't let him roam the country, so she brought the donkey - er, the prince! - home to her cottage to teach him some lessons. All the while keeping in mind that breaking with tradition can land everyone into a kettle of fish - sometimes literally!
And so begins a whole new tale....
©2004 Mercedes Lackey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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.
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.
This was better than I expected! I have found a new series to listen to. My one complaint is the unnecessary, explicit romantic moments. This would be a cute story for the YA readers if only it didn't have the "R" rating. The story however was light, fun, and creative. "Cinder" is a cute, clean book with the Cinderella style.
The test of the 3 brothers and the outcome of each.
The very last chapter with the accountability of the "evil step-mother and sisters."
The unique twist telling the role of a Fairy Godmother.
The Unicorns, Brownies, and other Fae creatures.
I liked the narrator.
I am anxious to immediately start reading the next book.
I didn't read the print version. I got this audio in an on sale offer.
The whole twist from the original "Cinderella" story.
The Prince charming character was well done in that it was a totally masculine view to the plot,
The point in the story when she knew that the"fairy godmother" was real and she would no longer be in servitude. The angst,loneliness, fortitude and hope of this charcacter carried the story.
This is a fresh perspective to an old story. I truly enjoyed every aspect, Well done from beginning to end without getting so far from the fable that it isn't recognizable. Looking forward to Part 2.So refreshing not to deal with all the overt sex scenes and vulgar language that have infiltrated the written word.Thanks.
This book is fine if you prefer a book that really is a romance novel. But if, like me, you like the romance to be secondary to the plot, then you may find this is just too fluffy.
Addicted to happy endings!
Not your typical fairy tale story - even though a source of power called "The Tradition" is always trying to make a fairy tale out of everyone's lives. That is where the Fairy Godmothers come into play. Their job is to guide the tradition and people so that their lives become more of a blessing than a tragic fairy tale. We are following the newest godmother, so in the background we can see how certain fairly tales started and why they turned out the way the godmothers want them to. The prince who became a donkey deserved it! He needed a good lesson, and while a "quest" to get a princess will teach a lesson, he was determined not to learn. He was "above all that nonsense". Godmother E is a powerful and WISE godmother, but no godmother is perfect, and all lonely ladies need a friend, or something more...Does our donkey disserve a second chance?
Gabra Zackman isn't my favorite narrator, but I can absolutely see why they picked her. Not too sardonic, and not too serious. Not comical, but has some humor.
I would recommend this book :)
I am in love with James Alexander Malcom Mackenze Frazer.
What would happen if Cinderella's prince charming was six years old, what is a fairy godmother to do. This is a most delightful tale.
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