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.
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!
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Elena Klovis (AKA Ella Cinders) misses her chance at Prince Charming because he's only 6 years old. It looks like she'll live out her days as the abused servant to her wicked step-mother and selfish step-sisters. But they skip town on their creditors, leaving Elena behind. The creditors take everything left in the house, so Elena decides to try to find a job serving in someone else's household. But no one will hire her because, by law, as an un married woman she still belongs to her step-mother. Along comes her fairy godmother, who takes her on as an apprentice. And so follows a retelling of some fairy tale traditions.
The biggest problem with this book is that the author felt the need to explain and define every little thing. It was almost like she thought her readers had never been exposed to fairy tales, so she needed to explain how they work in order to diverge from the form. I skipped a two hour block and felt like I missed nothing. I also checked FB, caught up on GR, and referred to my Audible wish list while I was listening. I listened with "half an ear" and still understood what was going on.
Narration was average. There was a bit of over-emoting, but it's a fairy tale so perhaps understandable. I had heard this reader's narration of the Sophie Katz mysteries and enjoyed her performance. Sometimes a narrator can't really switch between genres, but I think Ms Zackman was able to do so.
I got this on sale, and I suppose it was worth the money. Not so much the time.
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.
Second lowest after Divergent
ABC's Once Upon a Time with no evil characters.
I bought this book because I remember enjoying Lackey as a teenager, but listening to The Fairy Godmother made me realize I'm no longer a Lackey fan. The story is a bit too predictable and the characters have little depth-- no one is particularly likable. It was particularly disappointing that there was so much that Lackey could've played with or manipulated from the rich fairy traditions, but alas, there's shamefully little imaginative transformations. This may be a unfair/harsh assessment though, because I'd just finished the Mistborn trilogy before starting this one, and eating crackers after a gourmet meal is just not that appetizing.
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.
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