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One Good Knight (Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 2) Hardcover – March 1, 2006
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"A writer whose work I've loved all along." -- Marion Zimmer Bradley
"Above all else, Lackey can tell a good story . . . highly, highly recommended." -- Kliatt
"If one is looking for a fantasy tale that is intriguing and full of humor, this is the book . . ." -- The Best Reviews on The Fairy Godmother
"Lackey has created an intelligent, self-possessed heroine with whom many readers will identify." -- Publishers Weekly on The Fairy Godmother
"Lackey starts off Harlequin's new LUNA imprint with a bang, proving why she's an acknowledged master of her craft . . ." -- Romantic Times on The Fairy Godmother
"Lackey's tale resonates with charm as magical as the fairy-tale realm she portrays." -- BookPage on The Fairy Godmother
"She'll keep you up long past your bedtime." -- Stephen King
"Top Ten Romance Pick for 2004!" -- Booklist on The Fairy Godmother
"With [Lackey], the principal joy is story: she sweeps you along and never lets you go." -- Locus
About the Author
Mercedes Lackey is the acclaimed author of over fifty novels and many works of short fiction. In her "spare" time she is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. Mercedes lives in Oklahoma with her husband and frequent collaborator, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots.
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This is a thrilling adventure tale from the Hundred Kingdoms and is well worth reading. You have the usual bad guys, and the heroes (heroines) are a good match against each other, and people who love remakes on their fairy tales will thoroughly enjoy this book
I enjoyed this book as much as the first one (that seems to be the major complaint from most people: they like the first one better). This is only the second Mercedes Lackey book I've read (the first being the first book in this series).
This book follows Queen Cassiopeia and Princess Andromeda (Andie). Andie likes to climb trees, read books and need oculars to see. All of these things and more let Andie know that the Queen wishes for a different daughter. Solon is the queen's advisor and Andie gets the idea to be useful by researching the pertinent topics of the daily situations at court and presenting reports to Solon. Both Solon and Cassiopeia find this useful but don't want Andie digging too far.
Soon a dragon starts raiding the country and virgin sacrifices are being made weekly to keep the dragon happy. After six months of this Andie's name gets called and this is where the story really starts to pick up speed. In other reviews I saw people saying that Andie's love interest was obvious, but I must say it wasn't to me until I was 84% of the way through. I liked the twist with the Champion. The original story of Andromeda getting sacrificed to the kraken was obviously paralleled by Andie being sacrificed to the dragon.
Overall I would say it was a fun, quick read with a happy ending (which is a must in my book).
The writing is the usual crisp and witty Lackey style and for that alone I recommend reading One Good Knight, but not if you're looking for romantic chemistry, a complex plot, truly evil villians or dazzling magic. Everything is toned down for a YA or female Harry Potter audience.
FYI: Do NOT read the synopsis on the fly cover of the book, it gives away the one and only mild surprise in the story.