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The Fairy Godmother: Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 1 | [Mercedes Lackey]

The Fairy Godmother: Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Captain Skurvy Queensland, Australia 01-16-13
    Captain Skurvy Queensland, Australia 01-16-13 Member Since 2008

    I like Fantasy & Science Fiction but not into Zombie. Due to Health issues, listen to Audiobooks/read ebooks where I can enlarge the print

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    "An excellent start to a new series"

    An excellent start to a new series and a captivating & emotionally gripping story by Mercedes Lackey.

    The narrator does an commendable job, each character seems to come alive as a separate entity. I don't think the sample is as good a choice as it could have been to show off the narrator.

    The 500 Kingdoms are inhabited by a manner of good and evil magical beings, beasts and humans, from the Fae, Brownies and Unicorns to Giants, Dragons, and Evil Witches, Mages and Sorceresses and their minions

    The 500 Kingdoms are imbued with magic and the powerful force of tradition which tries to bend its peoples Magical or otherwise to its will for good or bad.

    Tradition intended Elena to be a Cinderella, except that her would be prince was only eleven when she turned twenty-one, so her evil stepmother abandons her and decides to try her fortune hunting in other lands.

    Elena, penniless and alone decides to become a paid servant, but her Fairy Godmother decides to take her on as an apprentice.

    The magical potential that has built up in her through the unfulfilled tradition gives her huge magical powers. Thus Elena's tale and trials begin, but at least now she has a home and people that care for her and last but not least a purpose . . .

    Warning whilst most of this book is G rated in small sections mainly near the end of the book it ups the eroticism for a bit but its not over done in my opinion but it may upset some readers.

    There is a nice tone of humor throughout and It has great multilayered characters that grow as the story progresses.

    This is an Fantasy adventure story with a side of romance and Elena is a remarkably strong female lead that has a vulnerable human side.

    Enjoy






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    DeAnne United States 02-04-13
    DeAnne United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "a hoot"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fairy Godmother to be better than the print version?

    yes, kept me from skimming, really enjoyed the narration very skillfully done. A delightful story with great characters. left me wanting more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    had humor, nice twist on the fairy tale


    Have you listened to any of Gabra Zackman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    very good performance


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    lots of giggles


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    Shylah LA VERNE, CA, United States 07-17-13
    Shylah LA VERNE, CA, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "For fairytale lovers who want something "new!""
    What made the experience of listening to The Fairy Godmother the most enjoyable?

    Being able to listen to a new fairytale, not the classics we normally are used to. It's refreshing to read a fairytale book that gave deeper meaning to it's explanations, and to have a tale with a heavy story structure to support it. The "tradition" is definitely an entity that many other tales can be built upon.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elena of course! She was the main character, but her experience was so unique that it made the journey of the story even more enjoyable.


    Have you listened to any of Gabra Zackman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I believe Gabra narrated Memoirs of a Geisha. If so, she did an excellent job on that book and she does on this one as well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I'm a hopeless romantic and found myself swooning at the moment when the lovers finally reveal their feeling for eachother. It was so passionate and also didn't involve a highly detailed and vulgar sexual description. :)


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lydia New York, NY, United States 03-05-14
    Lydia New York, NY, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Made me realize I'm not a Lackey fan"
    Where does The Fairy Godmother rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Second lowest after Divergent


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    ABC's Once Upon a Time with no evil characters.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DianneSprings Atlanta, Ga 11-27-13
    DianneSprings Atlanta, Ga 11-27-13 Member Since 2012

    My eternal best friend is my husband. I act my shoes size, not my age. I have a love for cartoons of all Disney/Pixar/DreamWorks/CN types. I faithfully serve in the Kid's Ministry at church. Hopelessly addicted to audio books with happy endings.

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    "Really Entertaining and Detailed"

    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 :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RJ Wahiawa, HI, United States 07-11-13
    RJ Wahiawa, HI, United States 07-11-13 Member Since 2010

    Army wife, mother of two and member of ZΦB Sorority. I ♥ all geeky goodness. I love a great book..I'll settle for a good book. :-)

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    "The reading was not what I expected"
    What did you love best about The Fairy Godmother?

    The story was such an interesting take on the world of Fairy Tales.


    What other book might you compare The Fairy Godmother to and why?

    The overall theme of the book made me compare it to Lackey's Phoenix and Ashes from the Elemental Master's Series. In truth with the exception of the common basic theme, the two books are incredibly different, but this was my introduction to the 500 Kingdoms series and I did not know that going in.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I found that Gabra Zackman has a very level voice throughout, which lagged the slower parts of the book and I craved variance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I did like the introduction of the romantic lead.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Foregger Plainfield, IL USA 03-30-13
    Mary Foregger Plainfield, IL USA 03-30-13 Member Since 2007

    I enjoy reading!

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    "not the fairy tale"
    If you could sum up The Fairy Godmother in three words, what would they be?

    strong women...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fairy Godmother?

    When the main character turned to the prince and said.."act like an ass and a ass you will be!


    What does Gabra Zackman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her reading engaged my imagnation.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When choices had to be made.


    Any additional comments?

    A fine, surprisingly imaginative tale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Clear Spring, MD, United States 09-09-13
    Dennis Clear Spring, MD, United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2007
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    "This is Mercedes Lackey?"

    First I have to say that I am stunned by the abundance of positive reviews of this book. Perhaps this is aimed at children and I purchased it in error, but if so then the rather graphic scenes and overall writing style seem somewhat out of place.

    In short, this book lacks respectable editing and any semblance of conflict.

    This may sound pedantic, and perhaps if it only occurred once this criticism would be, but the number of times that statements like, "He briefly gave her a long look," appear throughout the book has me grinding my teeth.

    There is no real conflict in this book. At no point was I inspired with any actual concern for the fate of a single character. The outcome of every exchange is a given: fairy godmother wins.

    Perhaps this was written in response to the mediocre-at-best TV show Once Upon a Time's popularity...? At any rate, it does no flattery to Mercedes' reputation as an author. Trite, uninspiring writing comprising a flat tale of borderline-dull characters.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    S Jones Redmond, WA United States 05-30-14
    S Jones Redmond, WA United States 05-30-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Cute and fun to listen to"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    aleshia Manchester, NH, United States 05-16-14
    aleshia Manchester, NH, United States 05-16-14 Member Since 2013

    Mother of three wonderful girls! I love to listen to audiobooks during my commute. Love to hear about any good books.

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    "Very cute"

    This was a very cute twist on a Cinderella fairy tale. I really enjoyed this.

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    12/3/13
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    "A good twist on an old favourite"
    Where does The Fairy Godmother rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It’s one of my favourite stories to listen to, I can’t say that I have rankings as there are too many I enjoy


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a new twist on an old tale, we are so used to fairy tales that’s it’s refreshing to see a new spin on them. The idea that someone can break their “destiny” is a fun one and also one we can empathize with.


    Any additional comments?

    Any of Mercedes Lackeys books are worth reading, she has a way with words that makes characters real. They are not fairy tale characters with a happy ending, they usually have to fight to get it. Fantasy with a dose of reality hidden behind the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
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    "An entertaining read"

    This audiobook was very well written and and kept me entertained and engaged. Lackey has produced a story that takes a very wry and alternative look at a well known fairy tale (Cinderella) and has produced a version of the story that veers away from the traditional pathway and into another, more interesting path.
    In this book the central female character, who is normally portrayed traditionally as the 'helpless girl in need of a rescuer' (invariably male in the traditional tales) is the architect of her own rescue and indeed the shaper of her own destiny. In this tale the characters (including the fairy godmother) are constantly waging a war against 'The Tradition', which is constantly trying to move the characters and situations into the well-worn grooves of the traditional tales (champions must always slay dragons, stepmothers are always evil, witches always wear black…). There is humour aplenty amid the reworking of this tale and was enjoyable all the way through.
    The narrator is excellent, with a beautiful voice, well suited to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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