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The fairy godmother
Mercedes Lackey
Adult Fiction LACKEY

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From Publishers' Weekly:

The prolific Lackey (the Valdemar series) draws on the darker, Brothers Grimm side of fairy lore for her enchanting tale, the first title under a new Harlequin imprint to spotlight romantic fantasy. In the land of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, the Tradition, that ineffable magic, holds the promise of happily-ever-after for all deserving young maidens and courteous princes charming. But the Tradition also leads some in its thrall to pain, suffering and gruesome death. Feisty 19-year-old Elena Klovis seems destined to be an Ella of the Cinders (Cinderella), at the mercy of her wicked stepmother and greedy stepsisters. To escape their clutches, Elena tries to get work as a maidservant, but her fairy godmother, Madame Bella, has other plans for her. Elena becomes Madame Bella's apprentice, doing her best, among other challenges, to ensure that evil does not subvert Tradition. The only problem is that fairy godmothers are not themselves allowed to fall in love. It's up to Elena, who has vowed to reform a wayward prince, to tease out the threads of a new Tradition. Lackey has created an intelligent, self-possessed heroine with whom many readers will identify. (Jan.) Forecast: Romantic fantasy has been one of the fastest-growing subgenres, and Luna will keep up the momentum with new novels by Catherine Asaro and Sarah Zettel in February and March, respectively. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Launching Harlequin's new Luna fantasy imprint, veteran sf and fantasy writer Lackey spins a charming tale of myth, magic, and fairytale lore laced with romance and set in a world where The Tradition tries its magical-and surreptitious-best to force the characters into their "legendary" roles. But things sometimes go awry, and when Elena is denied her predestined Cinderella role because her kingdom's prince is too young, she is chosen as an apprentice by the local Fairy Godmother and ends up creating a legend of her own. A spirited, resourceful, though somewhat impulsive heroine, a prince who needs to learn a lesson in manners, humility, and compassion, and a host of magical creatures-including some delightful house elves and besotted unicorns-result in a lively, humorous fantasy romance. However, it is the compelling world that Lackey has created that truly makes the book come alive. Original, fascinating, and full of marvelous potential, the Five Hundred Kingdoms is a setting that simply begs for future stories-and given Lackey's publishing record, we just might be lucky enough to get them. Lackey is noted for her Valdemar series (Exile's Valor: A Novel of Valdemar) and lives in Oklahoma. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Elena Klovis
Age: 19
Fated to have lived a life like "Cinderella", but her prince turned out to be too young to marry; apprentice fairy godmother.

Arrogant; rude; Elena turned him into an ass because he was acting like one.

Madame Bella
Elena's fairy godmother; made Elena her apprentice when her destiny didn't come to pass.

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