I keep reading Lackey's new books because of some misguided sense of author loyalty. I still love some her older books and often read them for comfort, but I doubt I'll be buying anymore of her stuff.
I was interested in how Lackey handled the Champion coming to Andie's aid without becoming her One True Love. However, it meant that Andie's romance wasn't introduced until page 260 or so of a 450 page book. I'd still recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed Lackey's Fairy Godmother (and Elena does make an appearance here) or to people who enjoy reworking and retelling of fairy tales.
3.5 stars This was not my favorite book of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, but it wasn't my least favorite, either. As with most of Lackey's books, the romance is not very in-depth.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the cameos featuring Godmother Elena from the first book, which effectively bridge these two separate kingdoms and remind readers why they fell in love with The Five Hundred Kingdoms in the first place.
There were some comical parts to the book and I do like the concept of the Tradition; however, the execution of this book was pretty lackluster.
The thing that bothered me the most was this: the main character meets a guy who is all dont fall in love with me!
Im not sure if I want to continue the series, but since they all seem to be about different characters, I think I will.
One Good Knight / 978-0-373-80260-9 I rather enjoy the Five Hundred Kingdoms books - starting with "The Fairy Godmother" and continuing to the recent fifth book "The Sleeping Beauty". This is the second book in the loosely connected series, and I have to admit that I enjoyed it a bit more than its predecessor, "The Fairy Godmother" - probably for the same reasons that others *didn't*.
Lackey breaks many of the fairy tale tropes by shamelessly mixing and merging many well-known stories in the grab-bag of her Five Hundred Kingdoms. I enjoy self-aware stories, where the characters exhibit the intelligence to know that they are affecting their own story. Lackey's break with the traditional line of fairy-tale-telling means that you're not entirely sure where the story is going. Characters don't do what you think they're going to do, and the change from the original story sometimes makes it feel like you're missing something.
That said, it still did require some, but it was the perfect set-up for the story to shift in a way that had me sitting up and saying.. oh no, I'm not going to tell you what had me saying that, you just need to trust me when I say these are fun, fantasy books well worth reading. Fantastic series and I'm going to start the next book as soon as I finish this review - I recommend you start with The Fairy Godmother and work your way through them as well, if you haven't already!
In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts & Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music. When I write the 'folk music' of these peoples, I am enriching my whole world, whether I actually use the song in the text or not. I began writing fantasy because I love it, but I try to construct my fantasy worlds with all the care of a 'high-tech' science fiction writer. I try to keep my world as solid and real as possible; people deal with stubborn pumps, bugs in the porridge, and love-lives that refuse to become untangled, right along with invading armies and evil magicians.