"In the land of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, if you can't carry out your legendary role, life is no fairy tale...
"Elena Klovis was supposed to be her kingdom's Cinderella--until fate left her with a completely inappropriate prince! So she set out to make a new life for herself. But breaking with 'The Tradition' was no easy matter--until she got a little help from her own fairy godmother. Who promptly offered Elena a most unexpected job...
"Now, instead of sleeping in the chimney, she has to deal with arrogant, stuffed-shirt princes who keep trying to rise above their place in the tale. And there's one in particular who needs to be dealt with.
"Sometimes a fairy godmother's work is never done..."
I decided to reread The Fairy Godmother on a whim. I liked it the first time around and I was craving something with adventure, magic, fantasy and romance. And, honestly, I wasn't disappointed when I picked up Mercedes Lackey's novel.
It's chock full of fairy tales: Cinderella, Rapunzel, the Fairy Godmother, Prince Charming, Snow White, the Evil Queen, and much more. Each one is given a fresh twist that draws their stories together in new and exciting ways. Plus, it has fairies. Not the dainty little sprites you might imagine, but the tall, lithe fair folk--the kind you meet in The Lord of the Rings--which, somehow, I'd forgotten.
I found it interesting to reread The Fairy Godmother. Despite knowing how the story ends, I enjoyed going back and seeing the small details I'd missed during my previous trip. More importantly, I took the story at a slower pace and I enjoyed it far more than I expected.
I mean, in my last review (which you can check out here), I pointed out that Lackey's novel was missing some indefinable quality that would have made it perfect. While I still don't think it's the perfect fantasy novel, I do have a new appreciation for the characters and the stories as a whole. I loved the different strands of folklore and fairy tales that come together to create a wonderful story that's full of humor, heart, magic, and adventure.
It was just the thing I need.
No complaints. Like I said, I enjoyed The Fairy Godmother much better the second time.
These fairy tales are not for children.