The "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Fairy Godmother" offers a new take on the legend of Saint George and the dragon with this delicious ...Show synopsisThe "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Fairy Godmother" offers a new take on the legend of Saint George and the dragon with this delicious and delightful tale set in the universe of the Five Hundred Kingdoms.Hide synopsis
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This was the second in her ?Five Hundred Kingdoms? series, and for some reason apparently had a rather small first print run and has never been reprinted. I don?t know why; I found it fully as good as the other three books in the series (The Fairy Godmother, Fortune?s Fool, and The Snow Queen). This one is a version of St. George and the dragon, though it?s a take more reminiscent of Wrede?s ?Dealing with Dragons? books or Dickson?s ?Dragon and the George? series than of the original legend. The central character is Princess Andromeda (?Andie?) of Acadia, a bookish (and nearsighted) young woman whose mother, Queen Cassiopeia, has kept her in a childish state even though she?s 19 by the time the book starts. A dragon appears on the scene and starts ravaging the countryside (though all the casualties seem to be livestock), and the only solution Andie can find in the library is to sacrifice a virgin once a week. And wouldn?t you know it, it isn?t too long before Andie?s name is drawn in the lottery. (Of course, the fact that Cassiopeia?s chief advisor and lover is a magician means that the names drawn are by no means random?) And a Champion turns up just as the dragon descends on Andie, and drives it away, though failing to kill or even seriously injure it. There are a number of twists in the tale that I found fairly predictable, but in case you don?t I won?t spoil them by going further into the plot; I?ll just say that I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and am sure anyone who likes Lackey?s fairy-tale based stories (including this one and the Elemental Masters series) will enjoy it as well. I keep the books from those series, though not the Valdemar one.
Mercedes Lackey is an outstanding author. One Good Knight is the second in her series about the five hundred kingdoms (following The Fairy Godmother), a series where each book can stand completely on its own. The premise of the books is that every time someone's life starts to resemble a fairy tale, the Tradition starts to push this person into the role of this fairy tale, be it Cinderella, Snow White or Ladderlocks - without care if this person wants to go that way or if there is even a suitable prince around for Cinderella to marry. Godmothers are the ones who use magic to steer Tradition in the right direction, good Magicians and Champions aid them in their work - evil Magicians oppose them.
When the kingdom of Acadia is attacked by a dragon, virgins are sacrificed to him in an effort to appease him. Finally Princess Andromeda is picked. After she is rescued by a Champion, Sir George, they work together to find the lair of the dragon. But not all is as it seems and making sure Tradition works with you instead of against you is not always easy.
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