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4.0 out of 5 stars "Five Hundred Kingdoms" series book 5
The Tradition is building heavily around the beautiful Princess Rosamund. Following the death of her beloved mother, there are sorceresses circling her father, just waiting for their opportunity to take on the role of her evil step-mother. As Tradition demands, the King does marry an evil sorceress, yet beneath that illusion is Fairy Godmother Lily, who has watched over...
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Lackey's Introduction to this novel talks about how much she enjoys Terry Pratchett, and how she is hoping to emulate his light hearted fantasy. Sadly she doesn't. The early novels in the Five Hundred Kingdoms series were lively and entertaining, but I think the spring of creativity is starting to run dry now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Five Hundred Kingdoms" series book 5, 2 July 2011
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This review is from: The Sleeping Beauty (Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms) (Mass Market Paperback)
The Tradition is building heavily around the beautiful Princess Rosamund. Following the death of her beloved mother, there are sorceresses circling her father, just waiting for their opportunity to take on the role of her evil step-mother. As Tradition demands, the King does marry an evil sorceress, yet beneath that illusion is Fairy Godmother Lily, who has watched over the kingdom of Eltaria for 3 centuries. Unlike the other Godmothers we have encountered before, Lily is half fae; however her one small kingdom keeps her as busy as those Fairy Godmothers juggling the demands of several.

Soon Lily is taking on a variety of appearances as she steers The Tradition into the happiest and least tragic of endings. With Eltaria on the brink of invasion from 3 enemies and Rosamund in danger of becoming either the Sleeping Beauty or Snowskin (aka Snow White), Lily faces her greatest challenges yet. With an abundance of princes, plenty of trials to test their heroism, plus dragons, unicorns, evil magicians and seven dwarves (aptly named Bully, Deaf, Sly, Surly, Angry, Lumpy and Coward) it is not only Rosamund that may end up with a happy ever after ending if The Tradition can be herded in the right direction. After all surely Lily deserves a reward for all her hard work?

Again ML works her own kind of magic on two familiar fairy tales. Rosamund and a certain prince are great characters as they try to outwit what The Tradition has in store for them whilst Lily proves herself formidable as she staves off the worst case scenarios found in darker and far bleaker folklore. As always, the pace is steady, there are moments of quirky humour and plenty of adventure for a number of characters. In ML's world, never underestimate what a good deed could earn you and never underestimate the power of a Fairy Godmother when she has a plan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping Beauty, 6 Sep 2011
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I enjoy these new takes on old fairy stories and think this is one of her most original. I particularly like it that the "second" prince was good enough to have a happy ending as well and the bringing in of the Norse legends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, light story, 9 Mar 2012
This review is from: The Sleeping Beauty (Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms) (Mass Market Paperback)
In 2004 Mercedes Lackey started a new series called the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms. It's a series of books set in a universe ruled by the Tradition, the force that drives fairy tales. Unlike her Elemental Masters series, which are rather more straight up fairy tale retellings, the stories set in the Five Hundred Kingdoms are very tongue in cheek. Lackey obviously has a lot of fun creating them and shows that humorous writing is a skill she definitely possesses. Where the earlier books mostly concentrated on one particular trope or fairy tale, The Sleeping Beauty, despite the title, is a fun mash-up of several fairy tales. It was quite funny and drew several out-loud chuckles while reading.

As these books are published by LUNA books, a Harlequin imprint, obviously romance plays a large part in them. In The Sleeping Beauty, we have not one, but two serious contenders for Rosa's hand, though it's never in doubt with whom Rosamund will end up at the end of the tale--or rather I never doubted, who she'd end up with. Despite it being partly a romance, don't expect any heaving bosoms, fluttering eyelids or other such staples, as this isn't that kind of romance. Rosa is by no means your normal wishy-washy princess. She's quite the feminist; she doesn't need a prince to do her dirty work, thank you very much. This becomes pretty clear once she gets kidnapped by the dwarves and she pulls herself together and decides to make her escape, even if she isn't quite sure how. And it's re-enforced when she's taken by the bad guys and nearly manages to escape on her own. As such, she a strong female character, which I really liked. She's backed up by another strong female: her country's Fairy Godmother. I really liked Godmother Lily, who takes a far more pro-active role than we're used to in traditional fairy tales, actively interfering in how the Tradition plays out and at times giving it a great, good shove in the direction she wants it to go.

However strong the females in this story, the boys hold their own. Yes, some of the princes and adventures that show up for the tournament to win Rosamund's hand are rather two dimensional and very, very much archetypal fairy tale heroes, but that's the point. They're being made fun off. Our heroes on the other hand, Siegfried and Leopold, can hold their own against the ladies. I liked the juxtaposition between the two. Siegfried, at first glance, seems to be your typical sword-flinging Northland barbarian, but there is an unexpected depth to him and he is fleeing his own Destiny as the Tradition would have it, which leads to some hilarious scenes. Leopold, however, is the standard younger son of a small kingdom, witty and urbane, seemingly only looking to marry into power and wealth, but looks can be deceiving. I loved the final resolution of their tale, not just who ends up with Rosa, but also how the other finds love.

The Sleeping Beauty is another fun Lackey tale, but completely different from her Valdemar novels and her other fantasy work. However, it remains recognisably Lackey. The tale isn't very deep or dark, but it's a perfect read when you need cheering up or just need to lose yourself in a fun, light story. I had fun with it and I'll certainly be back for the next instalment, which is already out, called Beauty and the Werewolf. If you're ever in need of a quick and comfy read, one of the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, and The Sleeping Beauty especially, will certainly fit that bill.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the sleeping beauty, 14 Feb 2011
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This was a great book, along the lines of the other reinvented traditional fairy tales Ms Lackey has again turned this into a delight, the focus on a different Kingdom was great, enjoyed every page!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work, 3 May 2012
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Lackey's Introduction to this novel talks about how much she enjoys Terry Pratchett, and how she is hoping to emulate his light hearted fantasy. Sadly she doesn't. The early novels in the Five Hundred Kingdoms series were lively and entertaining, but I think the spring of creativity is starting to run dry now.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a joy!, 4 Jun 2011
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The fifth in the 500 kingdoms series and the best so far.
If you like your fantasy with a vein of humour you should enjoy this tale as mercedes ups her game to the next level. A joy and a pleasure to read.
The other books in the series: 1- The Fairy Godmother;2-One good Knight;3-Fortune's Fool;4-The Snow Queen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Mercedes Lackey books, 1 Aug 2014
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I love Mercedes Lackey books. This one I found it a bit hard going at first but thoroughly enjoyed it.
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