The Fairy Godmother : Five Hundred Kingdoms

  • by Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by Gabra Zackman
  • Series: Five Hundred Kingdoms
  • 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of the Heralds of Valdemar series comes an enchanting new novel.
In the land of 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 an accident of fate left her with a completely inappropriate prince! Determined not to remain with her stepfamily, Elena set out to get a new job - and ended up becoming the Fairy Godmother for the land.
But "Breaking with Tradition" was no easy matter. True, she didn't have to sleep in the chimney, but she had to deal with arrogant, stuffed-shirt princes who kept trying to rise above their place in the tale. In fact, one of them was so ornery that Elena could do nothing but change him into a donkey.
Still, her practical nature couldn't let him roam the country, so she brought the donkey - er, the prince! - home to her cottage to teach him some lessons. All the while keeping in mind that breaking with tradition can land everyone into a kettle of fish - sometimes literally!
And so begins a whole new tale....


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An excellent start to a new series

An excellent start to a new series and a captivating & emotionally gripping story by Mercedes Lackey.

The narrator does an commendable job, each character seems to come alive as a separate entity. I don't think the sample is as good a choice as it could have been to show off the narrator.

The 500 Kingdoms are inhabited by a manner of good and evil magical beings, beasts and humans, from the Fae, Brownies and Unicorns to Giants, Dragons, and Evil Witches, Mages and Sorceresses and their minions

The 500 Kingdoms are imbued with magic and the powerful force of tradition which tries to bend its peoples Magical or otherwise to its will for good or bad.

Tradition intended Elena to be a Cinderella, except that her would be prince was only eleven when she turned twenty-one, so her evil stepmother abandons her and decides to try her fortune hunting in other lands.

Elena, penniless and alone decides to become a paid servant, but her Fairy Godmother decides to take her on as an apprentice.

The magical potential that has built up in her through the unfulfilled tradition gives her huge magical powers. Thus Elena's tale and trials begin, but at least now she has a home and people that care for her and last but not least a purpose . . .

Warning whilst most of this book is G rated in small sections mainly near the end of the book it ups the eroticism for a bit but its not over done in my opinion but it may upset some readers.

There is a nice tone of humor throughout and It has great multilayered characters that grow as the story progresses.

This is an Fantasy adventure story with a side of romance and Elena is a remarkably strong female lead that has a vulnerable human side.


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- Captain Skurvy "I like Fantasy & Science Fiction but not into Zombie. Due to Health issues, listen to Audiobooks/read ebooks where I can enlarge the print"

a hoot

Would you consider the audio edition of The Fairy Godmother to be better than the print version?

yes, kept me from skimming, really enjoyed the narration very skillfully done. A delightful story with great characters. left me wanting more.

What did you like best about this story?

had humor, nice twist on the fairy tale

Have you listened to any of Gabra Zackman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

very good performance

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

lots of giggles

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- DeAnne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-27-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios