The Fairy Godmother

The Fairy Godmother

eBook - 2004
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In the land of Five Hundred Kingdoms, "Tradition" rules, and everyone is expected to fit into established fairy tales. Enslaved by her wickedly avaricious stepmother and stepsisters, Elena should have had a Cinderella-like life, but when things didn't work out, she flees and seeks work. Her fairy godmother, in fact, the fairy godmother of several kingdoms, makes her apprentice fairy godmother, and it's her duty to prevent the bad things that come with Tradition. Her life takes yet another curious turn when, disguised as a crone to test three questing princes, she loses her temper with Prince Alexander. He acts like an ass, so she turns him into one. Unwilling to let a defenseless donkey wander the woods alone, she takes him home and puts him to work transforming his life.
Publisher: New York : Luna, 2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781552544228
1552544222
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 487 p. ; 18 cm.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Sidewinder88 Dec 07, 2013

Really enjoyed this first book in the series. I liked the idea and concept behind all the fairy tales, quests and responsibility of the Godmother. I liked how the plot worked around different versions of some fairy tales as the story progressed and how descriptive the author was. The only thing I didn't like was a few things in the story that were unexplained, and some grammatical errors and confusing moments. Also, in the book I got, someone tried to 'correct' the words in pen and install lowercase letters in some of the titles in the story, which seems pointless since the only thing it did was mess up the good condition of the book, and some of the words didn't require change in the first place. But overall, I liked it a lot.

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artemishi
Oct 08, 2013

I started The Fairy Godmother because I needed a break during this dreary weather. I'm not a big fan of romance (or I should say, I'm VERY picky about what I think makes for a good romance novel), but I've read a lot of fairytale retellings this year. And I'm familiar with Mercedes Lackey. And I love the color on the cover.

Well, I should have gone with my gut (which generally says, if the author's name is larger than the title, don't pick it up). It's not that The Fairy Godmother was bad. Just boring and predictable.

I thought the concept was well thought out, of Godmothers and the quests and challenges. And there were some tongue-in-cheek medieval fantasy romance nods. But overall, I had a hard time getting through the book because I didn't feel compelled to care at all about the characters.

I think it could have been more fun and had some better intrigue and tension, given the plethora of good ideas here. But, for me, the "will they or won't they" in a romance falls flat (of COURSE they will), and there wasn't much to surprise me with.

I recommend this only for fans of romance, especially fairytale/medieval fantasy romance.

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df205
Aug 17, 2013

i am such a fan of mercedes lackey! i have also met her (and her hubby larry dixon at several cons. she is very graceful in person, and certainly enjoys her world-wide fans. anyway, i overall enjoyed "fairy godmother." lackey certainly creates very spunky, very smart female characters in her novels. elena is no exception. growing up under the sharp tongue of a stepmother and the stepmother's daughters (the father died several years before), elena quickly learns how to toughen up and keep her feelings to herself. she wears rags by day, and sleeps in the ashes at night. finally desparate enough to do something about her ongoing plight (and when the "steps" leave the city house to escape to another place), elena goes to the city's open market, in hopes of attracting a potential employer, who would then ideally hire elena as a maid or cook of some sort. well, sometimes, happy endings do happen! a fairy godmother is summoned to pick elena out of the line-up. she then takes a very frightened elena to her cottage in the woods. there, elena is told that she is to be the fairy godmother's apprentice. (the godmother's name is bella.) elena learns this craft, and then is on her own, due to bella's leaving to unknown parts. on the downside, i felt that this novel went on waaaay too much. there should have been more careful editing done. towards the middle and end. lackey adds too many characters. confusing sometimes. i also felt that elena's story could have been told in a much shortened version.

JCLNancyB Apr 13, 2013

A fairytale for grownups. Far from being a “Damsel in Distress”, Elaina takes on giants, evil curses and obnoxious princes with intelligence, humor, and her own unique style.

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Cassisa
Nov 27, 2012

A unique fairy tale series of the duties of fairy godmothers and other wonderful things.

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beadingbritt
Jul 23, 2012

I really do love this series! Elena was an involving and interesting character, certainly not a damsel in distress!
Watching the characters mature was as much of a pleasure as following the plot.

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zeldash
Apr 26, 2011

I very much enjoyed this adult twist on fairy tales. Mercedes Lackey has been an author that I have been delighted to discover. I've thouroughly enjoyed her Valdemar series. This is a different type of book, but still quite enjoyable.

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Giliathriel
Feb 25, 2010

Mercedes Lackey has done it again! I find her new take on traditions to be refreshing, a true enjoyment to read. I fully reccomend...and I cannot wait to finish the 500 Kingdoms series!

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