Hello All! I hope everybody had a great weekend, mine was busy and fantastic and long and wonderful and just what I needed before the crazy crazy crazy week that starts today. To start of the week/month of busy as all get out, I thought I would do a bit of a rambling on a book that combines all the comfort of a traditional fairy tale (or ten or twelve) with the freshness of a new idea. The book is The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey, the first book in the Five Hundred Kingdoms series. I picked it up a while ago 'cause I liked the idea of a world where people were forced to live the life of a fairy tale character. I really enjoyed it for several reasons, but first as always SPOILERS AHEAD!
Cinderella, other's can have awful deadly consequences like Rapunzel, where at best a guy ends up with his eyes gouged out and at worst, several men die before she finds her true love. In Elena's case, due to her circumstances, she was being pushed into the Cinderella role, but the fact that there were no Princes in her age range in her, or the surrounding kingdoms, thwarted the pattern. Instead Elena learns that Fairy Godmothers can use their magic to try and alter or influence the Tradition to produce a more favorable, or at least less deadly out come. Elena learns enough to take over as Fairy Godmother and we see her work her magic in several cases. Eventually she sets the tasks for three brother's to determine their suitability to marry a princess and actually be able to rule a country with kindness and competency. The youngest brother passes and is sent on his way. The oldest brother is turned into a servant until he learns humility and the middle brother is so cocky that Elena turns him into a mule and brings him home with her. Eventually he learns his lesson, while falling in love with Elena. Elena returns his affections and once again breaks tradition by marrying him, providing her own happy ending. The two, with some help of friends, assist his youngest brother and his new bride in repelling an invasion and everybody finds some sort of ever after until the next book.