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 :)
I adore British literature from the Victorian Age through World war II, primarily, and fantasy, but also enjoy mysteries once in a while.
This book completely captured my imagination and attention, as narrated by Gabra Zackman. I read the paperback copy of this a few years back, but listening to it through Audible was a whole new experience. Not only is it my favorite in the Five Hundred Kingdoms story, it is probably now my favorite of all Mercedes Lackey very large body of work. The narration is superb...akin to Jim Dale reading Harry Potter and Ralph Cosham as Inspector Gamache in Louise Penny's novels. The best of Mercedes Lackey is reflected in this novel, with superb plotting and highly compelling character development. Some books are better candidates than others for listening to, and this is in the very top echelon for a recorded listening experience. Outstanding!!!!
As always Mercedes Lackey has delivered another great book. Full of adventure, romance, and magic. No greater mix.
Where the other books in this series tended to re-tell one particular story, this one had cameos of several different ones. I found this to be the funniest one in the series . Hated for it to end. Loved it!!
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.
I am a big fan of Gabra Zackman, so I would most definitely listen to some other audio book narrated by her. I'm not so sure about Mercedes Lackey however.
As I've already said I don't know. I have read book written by Mecedes Lackey, and they were not bad. Perhaps its just this one series of books that doesn't appeal to me. I found them excruciatingly boring.
Yes I have listen to other performances by Gabra Zackman, and I think she is a superb narrator. As with the other audio books Ms Zackman has narrated, she has done a wonderful job with what I consider very poor material. In fact, her performance was the only thing that kept me listening to the end of the book.
The only redeeming feature was Gabra Zackman's narration. The book was just too dull.
It may be obvious that I am a fan of Gabra Zackman. It was Ms Zackman's narration that kept me listening to this, and the other books in this series, because the books themselves are very slow and boring. In each of the audio books in this series, you have between 9 and 12 hours of listening time, and in each of the books, only about the last hour and a half to two hours has anything like action going on, the rest of the time seems to be spent setting the scene. In truth, if not for some more adult scenes, I would have thought that these books were written for young children, as they were at times a little on the silly side. All in all, these books are not for me, and I will be returning them so that I can purchase something more interesting. I will definitely look out for other titles narrated by Gabra Zackman, but I'm not so sure about Mercedes Lackey.
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