Five Hundred Kingdoms

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 2,914 ratings

The Fairy Godmother 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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  • Book 1

    • The Fairy Godmother

    • Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 1
    • By: Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 902
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 919

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An excellent start to a new series

    • By Captain Skurvy on 01-16-13

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • One Good Knight

    • Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 2
    • By: Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 510
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 472
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 472

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not exactly what I expected

    • By Catherine Lattery on 04-25-13

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • Fortune's Fool

    • Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 3
    • By: Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 375
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 334
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 345

    The seventh daughter of the Sea King, Ekaterina is more than a pampered princess - she's also the family spy. Which makes her the perfect emissary to check out interesting happenings in the neighboring kingdom...and nothing interests her more than Sasha, the seventh son of the king of Belrus. Ekaterina suspects he's far from the fool people think him. But before she can find out what lies beneath his facade, she is kidnapped!

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very slow start.

    • By Sarah on 03-20-13

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 4

    • The Snow Queen

    • By: Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 368
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 282
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 285

    Aleksia, Queen of the Northern Lights, is mysterious, beautiful, and widely known to have a heart of ice. No one would seek her wisdom except as a last resort. But when she's falsely accused of unleashing evil on nearby villages, she realizes there's an impostor out there far more heartless than she could ever be.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Love the book, narrator problematic...

    • By Mikki on 02-19-13

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 5

    • The Sleeping Beauty

    • Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 5
    • By: Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 323
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 295
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 295

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing - one of the best in the series

    • By grayfortress on 07-23-13

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 6

    • Beauty and the Werewolf

    • Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 6
    • By: Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 325
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 293
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 292

    The eldest daughter is often doomed in fairy tales. But Bella - Isabella Beauchamps, daughter of a wealthy merchant - vows to escape the usual pitfalls. Anxious to avoid the “traditional” path, Bella dons a red cloak and ventures into the forbidden forest to consult with "Granny," the local wisewoman. But on the way home she's attacked by a wolf - who turns out to be a cursed nobleman!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A good read for lovers of fantasy . . . .

    • By Captain Skurvy on 03-18-13

    Regular price: $19.95