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5.0 out of 5 stars Considering 'The Tradition' and its Ramifications, June 13, 2008
This review is from: The Fairy Godmother (Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 1) (Mass Market Paperback)
Elena Klovis lives in one of the 500 Kingdoms with her stepmother and two stepsisters. According to 'The Tradition' she is fated to marry a Prince. Unfortunately, there is a prince shortage and it hasn't happened.

Mercedes Lackey has devised a land of magic where fairy tales form the basis of precedent in the lives of the people and the magic of the place tries to enforce the previously developed story-lines when circumstances fit.

Unfortunately, 'The Tradition' doesn't care if the tale it is following results in a happy ending or a tragedy. The inhabitants of the 500 kingdoms who know about 'The Tradition' are of a different mind and some of these attempt to steer 'The Tradition' away from tragedy into new areas.

Elena Klovis never becomes the Cinderella who marries a prince, which is all to the good, because Cinderella is essentially a passive role where a young, deserving girl is carried along by circumstances and our Elena is better suited to a more active existence.

If you buy this book, you find out where fairy godmothers originated and how they are perpetuated. You also get an insight into the daily life and concerns of the people living in this fairytale environment.

Subverting 'The Tradition' to improve life in the 500 Kingdoms is an art in itself and Mercedes Lackey has a story that enables her to retell classic fairy-tales that we've all heard with new endings and more background information,

I highly recommend this fantasy to people who like happy endings.
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