• One Good Knight

  • Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 2
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (701 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Another story sparkling with wit and humor from New York Times best-selling author Mercedes Lackey.

Traditionally, marauding dragons are soothed only by a virgin sacrifice. And so practical-minded Princess Andromeda - with the encouragement of her mother's court - reluctantly volunteers to do her duty, asking only for a sword to defend herself. Well, her offer is accepted, but the weapon isn't forthcoming, and so Andromeda faces the dragon alone.

Until a Champion arrives to save her - sort of. Sir George doesn't quite defeat the dragon, but as Andromeda finishes rescuing herself she discovers that beneath the Good Knight's well-meaning though inexperienced heroics lies a further tale… Still, Andromeda can't leave her seacoast country in further jeopardy from the dragon's return, and so she and…er… George join to search for the dragon's lair. But even - especially - in the Five Hundred Kingdoms, bucking with Tradition isn't easy. It takes the strongest of wills, more than a hint of stubbornness, quick thinking and a refusal to give up, no matter what happens along the way.

Somehow, though, none of this was taught in princess school…

©2006 Mercedes Lackey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Not exactly what I expected

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

I expect a good story from Mercedes and I was not disappointed. You come to expect certain things from fairy-tales, What I did not expect was how I burst out laughing when the unicorns came. The reaction to them and someone being "outed" by them was something I hadn't considered. The performance and story still makes me smile a week later. I simply must have the next book in the series.

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Addictive Series comparable to Once Upon a Time

If you've seen the new TV show Once Upon a Time with all the most well know old fables and stories, and you liked that you will love how Gabra Zackman brings this series to life. Mercedes writes a good story but most of her books are read by terrible narrators (I found that out trying to listen to a couple others and then reading all the reviews). Not to worry in this series, because you have Gabra Zackman. After this series I fell in love with Gabra's reading style and went so far as to follow her on Facebook, as well as look up other stories she has read. Most of my favorite audible books now are read by Gabra. Luckily she is a prolific reader and audible has dozens of pages of books read by her. I just feel bad that Mercedes Lackey choose not to user her for any of her other series. I wish Audible would go back through some of Mercedes books with bad reviews (MOST ARE ALL attributed to narrator boredom.. read the comments) and have her redo the books. Other great narrators (IMO) are Martha Harmon Pardee, Barbra Rosenblat (she made me read 18 books of the Amelia Peabody series.. the most addicted I've ever been to audible!), Becca Battoe (I have friends who disliked her in 50 shades but I ended up really seeing the world through her eyes easily, unfortunately the other books she narrates are mostly for kids, ugh!).

GREAT SERIES, a must listen for anyone (mostly women) who love comedy, mystery, magic, fantasy, love, and tales that remind of you of Cinderella, lost princesses and knights in shining armor. NOT a kids book.

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Hero & Heroin ( HOW'S THE WOMAN HERE???🙈🙉🙊

Love the books but as always I'm forced to skip many parts of this book as many others. I have a audible books account, and bed ridden at 50, so I turn to my books. But even though I am a strong woman, I thought to escape into a real fantasy, but the books are taking all that away too. Their are no true male hero's. Every author makes the woman just as strong as the man or men of these stories. As much as I like that in reality which is still bull____. I want my men to be men and my woman returning to women not he-men. Everyone has taken the cunning out of the women in the story to the point that it should just be two men in the story line for as strong as you all make woman. As strong as I am as a woman I don't need the accolades my husband might for his pride, because even he acknowledges, that without me he would have failed. But yet I didn't have to become his equal, because every woman knows we are the superior ones in the relationship without changing your nature...

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SO GOOD!

I am so happy to find this series! Virgin sacrifice, dragons, I really did not see the twists coming. Just a cute story. I was happy that this book did not have the detailed romantic encounters of the first book.

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Must love Fairytales

Would you listen to One Good Knight again? Why?

No as I own way too many audio books that I have yet to listen.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Our Dragons heros and the Fox. Lots of pure charm

Which character – as performed by Gabra Zackman – was your favorite?

Ms Zackman has such a full range. The Dragons and fox stand out.

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

A way different spin on an old fairytale classic. I thought there would be more funny dialogue based on other reviews. Not in this one. Lots of tender scenes. The dragons using their head and bodies so sweet.

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for tenderness, then this is for you. This is a cross between romance and
fairytale. Must love the old classic fairytales.

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One Good Knight

What did you like best about this story?

All Mercedes Lackey's 500 Kingdoms books are fun, clever takeoffs on common fairy tales and myths with little homages to other writers, such as Terry Pratchett.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Solon is pronounced SOH-lun.
The woman's name Mercedes (MUR-si-deez) is not pronounced the same way the car Mercedes-Benz is usually pronounced (mur-SAY-deez).

The production team need to do their homework!!!

Gabra Zackman has a very pleasant, clear voice and makes it easy to distinguish which character is speaking, but her pronunciation of unusual names and/or words is very distracting.

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Charming and fun twist on the fairy tale tradition

I thought it was excellent...perhaps not perfect, as some in the series are, but I shall soon find out, as I am re-reading them all (for the third time, I believe). The books are charming, but with enough diabolically bad people and life challenges to satisfy anyone. The main characters are delightful, and how I love the book worms...The ploy is fine, and I found I enjoyed it more this time around. Well-written and great fun!

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Another win

Loved it! My second favorite novel from the 500 Kingdom series. Deff check it out!

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One of my favorite reads of all time

This book is one that I’ve always enjoyed. An interesting take on fairytale lore, dragons, a bookish princess, and an uncommon knight. This audiobook reading only added to my enjoyment. I highly recommend this book to fans of Katie Macalister and Gail Carriger.

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It's okay.

This protagonist reminds me a bit of Fanny Price, another character who really puts the agony in protagonist. What she doesn't put in is much agency. She mostly does what other people tell her to do: research this topic, do the dishes, stay out of the fighting, wear this dress... She cries a lot, so there's that. I still have doubts about what kind of ruler she'll be. The dragon's idea, while not perfect, was probably a better one. Too bad she burst into tears before they could discuss it.

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  • Roobarb
  • 03-16-19

Another good one

Great book with a wonderful ending, Princesses, dragons, knights, evil sorcerers and queens, what more could you want?

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  • Tarcha
  • 04-20-17

New classic

Would you consider the audio edition of One Good Knight to be better than the print version?

It's not that is better than the other.
They both have their own benefits.
I love Gabra in this. Her voice is great.

Who was your favorite character and why?

George is a great character. Much more complex than you initially think.

What about Gabra Zackman’s performance did you like?

She portrays great emotion in her voice.

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

The sacrifice scene was more moving in the audio book than I expected. The twist less so than I had expected.

Any additional comments?

Definitely worth the buy.