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Beauty and the Werewolf (Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms) Hardcover – 18 Oct 2011

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  • Hardcover: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Luna Books (18 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373803281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373803286
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 834,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[P]lenty of twists and laughs...most of the fun comes from finding all the fairy tale in-jokes peppering the pages.

-Publishers Weekly on The Sleeping Beauty

"Lackey's satisfying fairy tale will captivate fantasy readers with its well-imagined world and romance fans, who will relish the growing relationship and sexy scenes."-Booklist on The Fairy Godmother

"Fans of Lackey's Valdemar series as well as general fantasy enthusiasts should enjoy this classic fairy tale with a pair of proactive, resourceful heroes."-Library Journal on Fortune's Fool

"[P]lenty of twists and laughs...most of the fun comes from finding all the fairy tale in-jokes peppering the pages.-Publishers Weekly on The Sleeping Beauty

"A delightful fairy tale revamp. Lackey ensures that familiar stories are turned on their ear with amusing results. Appealing characters faced with challenging circumstances keep the plot lively. You don't want to mess with godmothers!"- RT Book Reviews on The Snow Queen -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Mass Market Paperback.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Mercedes Lackey has written over one hundred titles and has no plans to slow down. Known best for her tales of Valdemar and The Five Hundred Kingdoms, she's also a prolific lyricist and records her own music. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Mass Market Paperback.


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I haven't read any novels from the Tales of Five Hundred Kingdoms but I do love a fairytale (and one written for adults!) so I just couldn't resist when I saw this available to review on Netgalley.

In the beginning of this fairy tale we get to know Bella's family and her place within it - her father, wealthy merchant Henri Beauchamps, step-mother Genevieve and step-sisters Amber and Pearl. Bella has taken on the role of running the household since her mother died when she was ten and carried on even after Henri married Genevieve. Genevieve has taken the role of `invalid' and comes across as rather snobbish. Amber and Pearl are the flighty socialites who prefer nothing better than to parade their fashionable clothes and gossip. Bella is very practical and down-to-earth.

Bella is learning the art of herbs and healing from `Granny' who lives in the woods. It is on the way back from one of these visits that she is bitten by the werewolf, who by day is Duke Sebastian.

Whisked out of her bed during the early hours of the next morning, she finds out she is to be a virtual prisoner at the Duke's estate for three months on order of the King and the `Godmother' while they wait to see if Bella will turn into a werewolf herself.

The Duke's home is served by invisible beings who have been `called' by the Duke. They are spirit elementals and Bella gets to know the hierarchy as she is organising them. She learns that some of them are intelligent and may know more than they can say about the Duke's curse. She also organises the stillroom and makes the lotions and liniments. It's not long before Bella has the household organised! Then in steps Eric, the Gamekeeper.
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ML twists the tale of "Beauty and the Beast" in her magical "Five Hundred Kingdom" series. In her world, Isabella (Bella) is bitten by a werewolf and has to remain in seclusion with him for three full moons before she is either proven uncontaminated and granted her freedom, or becomes a werewolf whose future requires further thought.

I enjoyed the appearance of Godmother Elena, plus the tale does twist somewhat. That said, as the action centres predominantly on Bella and werewolf Sebastian, and with only a handful of other characters introduced, it comes as no surprise when the bad guy is unmasked.

With invisible servants plus scenes of song and dance, I was left wandering when the hired help would appear as talking candlesticks or teapots. This book had a very "Disney" feel to it, even during its darker moments. There is not much of the quirky humour I've found so enjoyable in previous books, plus the chemistry between Bella and Sebastian didn't really work for me. Unfortunately "Beauty and the Werewolf" is my least favourite book in this series and I hope if there is a book 7, it will be back to the standard ML set with "The Fairy Godmother" or "The Sleeping Beauty".
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Fans of the Hundred Kingdoms will probably buy this anyway (like I did), but I don't think this really rates compared to others in the series.
The set up was promising - a twist on the evil stepmother premise, a clever heroine, 'Granny' living out alone in the forest - so far so good.
Then came the least-impressive werewolf attack in the history of the genre, and it all goes a bit flat. Bella and the Duke just didn't seem to cut it as a romantic sub-plot. Everyone was just being soooooo 'reasonable' about everything it was like a therapy-funnel draining away all the personality. I also disliked the lack of suspense with plot-hooks dropping like bricks right under your nose. I kept hoping for a twist at the end, but no.....
For me it feels like ML had some good ideas and a deadline, and the deadline won.
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This is a lovely addition to the tales of the five hundred kingdoms series, based loosely upon my favourite fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, with a hint of Little Red Riding Hood.

If you haven't read any of the other books in the series it probably isn't necessary in order to enjoy the story however I would recommend at least reading the first book The Fairy Godmother to get a flavour of the world that Lackey has created.

This is a fairy tale for grown ups, although perhaps not quite as much as some of the others in the series. I really liked the characters in this story although I felt that Sebastian was not quite as well developed as the other two main characters. Despite that I really liked him and he had a rather different personality to many of the traditional heroes in fairy tales.

There was perhaps a little too much focus on the managing of the household and not quite enough of the growing romance. However, the story moved along well and I was kept interested throughout. The characters had a genuine chemistry even if the romance seemed a little rushed.

Overall I would definitely recommend reading, but Robin McKinley's Beauty will remain my favourite version of this tale.
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I saw this book when looking for a new read and took a chance on it as I liked the look of the front cover. Safe to say I am now a Mercedes lackey fan and have gone on to buy some off her other books. A beautiful twist on the 2 fairytales red ridding hood and beauty and the beast. A few chapters in and I was hooked and feel in love with it. A must read for any fairytale lover
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