Mercedes Lackey magical A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series continues with a captivating new adventure…
Heavy is the head - and the eyelids - of the princess who wears the crown....
In Rosamund's realm, happiness hinges on a few simple beliefs. For every princess there's a prince. The King has ultimate power. Stepmothers should never be trusted. And bad things come to those who break with Tradition....
But when Rosa is pursued by a murderous huntsman and then captured by dwarves, her beliefs go up in smoke. Determined to escape and save her kingdom from imminent invasion, she agrees to become the subject of one of her stepmother's risky incantations - thus falling into a deep, deep sleep.
When awakened by a touchy-feely stranger, Rosa must choose between Tradition and her future between a host of eligible princes and a handsome, fair-haired outsider. And learn the difference between being a princess and ruling as a Queen.
©2010 Mercedes Lackey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
After reading and listening to many of Mercedes Lackey's books, I decided to try the Five Hundred Kingdom's series. I have listened to all but one and after the first "Fairy Godmother" this was by far the best. It had all of the great elements of a hero, princess, and villain, but nothing was quite as it seemed or too cookie cutter. I sat in my car for the last hour and a half to hear the whole story wrap up since I couldn't wait until my next commute. Definitely worth the time.
Siegfried - he lives by trying to do what is right and not always what is easy.
She just has a soothing voice that lets you escape into the story.
I really liked when the godmother gets her man too.
Wonderful - now on to the next book in the series :)
As always Mercedes Lackey has delivered another great book. Full of adventure, romance, and magic. No greater mix.
I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys fantasy and fairy tales with a twist. I'm glad I read Fairy Godmother first. I believe it was intended to be the first of the 500 Kingdoms series. There is information expltained in that tale that is alluded to in thîs
I love the way Mercedes Lackey twist and reinvents the fairy tales so that they are both fresher and deeper. Start with Fairy Godmother and read in order of publication if you want to see the world of the 500 Kingdoms develop over the ongoing arc.
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