on 13 March 2006
This is the second of the five hundred kingdom novels, Although we don't see that much of Godmother Elena and her consort Alexander. Lackey uses a version of the George and the Dragon myth with several differences (none of which I will highlight here as it will spoil the plot). It centers on the Princess Andromeda (Andie) who like so many people does not fulfill her parents (in this case her mother) expectations. When the tradition is invoked and a dragon invades the kingdom it is Andie that comes up with a temporary solution until a champion arrives that of leaving a live sacrifice of a female virgin for the dragon. Time passes and no champion arrives and Andie finds herself nominated for the next sacrifice.
I enjoyed this story a great deal and found I could not put it down. Like her other books the story is a mixture of humour and fantasy at it's best. The only complaint I have is that it took so long to be released and according to the end of the book the next in this series is not due out for another year.
However, judging from Amazon she will be releasing other novels, in the meantime read this book if you like fairy tales with a difference.
Please Ms Lackey can you continue to write such good books.
on 18 December 2006
A dragon invades the kingdom and virgin sacrifices, chosen by lottery, don't stop his ravages. Then Princess Andromeda is chosen as the next sacrifice. Along comes a knight named George....
No, NOT St. George and the dragon - and since when did princesses have to finish off their own rescue? But Andromeda is not your average princess, as you might expect from a tale by Mercedes Lackey.
A good story, well told. I highly recommend it, ecpecially for fantasy and Lackey fans.
I thought book 1 of this series "The Fairy Godmother" was charming and had high hopes for "One Good Knight". Like its predecessor, OGK takes a good while setting the scene, but as it doesn't contain the massive amounts of fantasy and magical elements which were so quickly introduced into TFG, the plot initially sets a very sedate pace. Leading lady Andromeda (Andie) may be a princess, but she is also a scholar and is too wrapped up in her research and gaining her mother's approval to have anything magical happen to her for quite a while. As a result the first part of this book moves slowly, despite the villains making themselves and their schemes known to the reader.
When a dragon rampages through Andie's kingdom, a virgin sacrifice lottery is introduced, and of course Andie's name is eventually called. As Elena and Alexander (from book 1 TFG) take an active role in the plot and appoint a Champion to hunt and kill the dragon, the action begins to twist and turn. The magic of Tradition is loving this story line; however the odds of the scholarly Andie and warrior George having their own happy ending may be too much even for the full power of Tradition to grant when certain secrets are revealed. Luckily Godmother Elena is on hand to ensure everyone has their own very special HEA, even if it means prodding Tradition into taking a new path.
It is worth preserving through the very slow start of this book. ML always writes a great fantasy adventure with moments of humour and warmth, but in the case of this book it took a little longer than normal to find her rhythm. 3.5 stars