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.
The narrator's voice and tone were terrible.
The character voices were fine but the narrator was absolutely terrible. This is very discouraging since I LOVE this book and have been waiting for years for them to come to audio and I am so frustrated by this poor part of the performance that it completely ruins the experience. Please check out the sample before purchasing something I never thought I would have to do for a Mercedes Lackey book.
She plays with a fun idea in "The Tradition" and creates some fun characters doing it. Nothing deep or insightful here, but a fun read.
I love this book, but I wish I'd listened to the sample before wasting a credit on the audio version. Zackman reads as if the entire thing is an obituary -- as if someone told her "read it with feeling" and the only feeling she could dredge up was sorrow. Lackey writes with wry humor and wit. Her storytelling grabs you and sweeps you along on an amazing, fantastical ride. Zackman's dragging, mournful reading made me turn off the book in disgust before the end of the first chapter. I could read it better. Such a disappointment.
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
This story is an enjoyable twist on Fairy Godmothers helping "living happily ever after" endings.
I revisited the Hans Christian Anderson & Brothers Grimm fairy tales. I paid more attention to the Fairy Godmothers. It was fun comparing them.
I can't think of just three words. Gabra Zackman seemed a little hesitant the first few chapters.
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