Something not right has been happing. Ekaterina suspects he's far from the fool people think him. Books tend to vary and think differently on this. I expected a short summary of where the characters were not another whole novel in itself. No doubt many Royals in the past had taken such exits to have adventuresor even to meet with a paramour they had rather their spouses didn't know about.
Not necessarily a Mercedes Lackey does a good job mixing romance and fantasy in this latest installment of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series. At this point in the book, things are moving along pretty fast. The villains are one dimensional. All of them were done so well and were written with very distinct atmosphere. I like the way the author combines folk and fairy tales together in her fantasy world, and how there's always a twist on the familiar stories.
But it seemed as if I were being told a great deal, instead of being shown things. There's no real excuse for that. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Anyone who has studied Japanese will see that Lackey has blatantly ripped off their language. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself.
As Katya swam past the coral garden, she caught sight of her sister Tasha with her nose buried in a book, her back cradled by an enormous sea fan. He is also a Songweaver, using his verses and melodies to nudge the Tradition in the direction the Land needs it to go. He was nicely used as a character. That is when their adventures are just beginning. Target Audience Group Trade Excludes: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Vietnam, Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Congo, Republic of the, Côte d'Ivoire Ivory Coast , Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon Republic, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Iraq, Lebanon, Oman, Yemen, Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan Republic, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Australia, New Zealand good book! Also, much to Sasha's surprise, Sergei the Little Humpback Horse is there, held under a spell. But none of those things include being anything but straight and cis. Please be slightly less obvious that you're copying countries straight out of Earth, or else own it all the way.
She sends out her paper bird to seek help from the nearest Champions. Which makes her the perfect emissary to check out interesting happenings in the neighboring kingdom. This life-changing Audible Original features a powerful mix of one-on-one life-coaching sessions and a personal narrative with vital take-aways that you can start using immediately. It also had a short bit where one of the characters travels to a distinctly Japanese island. It had a slightly more adult flavor to the romance, but not enough to qualify as erotica or anything, just closer to the 'romance novel' side of things without actually hopping the fence. Now fortune, a fool and a paper bird are the only things she can count on-along with her own clever mind and intrepid heart.
Mercedes Lackey does a good job mixing romance and fantasy in this latest installment of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series. She was never happier than when she was sleeping in strange beds, eating strange foods, and wearing strange clothing. Suffice to say everyone uses their smarts and individual talents, and of course the day is saved, happily ever after etc. Sweet little romance between a Seventh Son of the Tsar of Led Belarus and a Seventh Daughter of the Sea King , both Fortunate Fools. But before she can find out what lies beneath his facade, she is kidnapped! There's a swan maiden, a snow maiden, a Wolf-girl, a Bear-girl, a ghost, an apprentice magician, a Gypsy, and a few others.
But the liveliness of the characters and the general fluidity of the writing more than offset this repetitiveness. Katya had enough wanderlust for twenty sailors. There was the wolf Again used adequately in his assist and then there were the Dragons. Yeah it's set in fairy tale Russia, so what? Like the fact that the male lead is a Songweaver, or something, and it gets mentioned in, like, every chapter. This adventure seems to have nothing to do with the main The heroine is the Sea King's daughter, who serves as his spy and assassin because she can breathe as well on land as in the sea. It's a little bit of a teaser, with some really good characters from other books in the series featuring prominently, but it's not just a hook-book. In fact, she was wearing it now, since she had been summoned for official business.
As a kid I was also obsessed with the Little Mermaid so the Sea King stuff was right up my alley. This adventure seems to have nothing to do with the main story, except that the heroine is given an origami bird which plays a small role later on. But before she can find out what lies beneath his facade, she is kidnapped! Sasha is a Fortunate Fool, as well as a Songweaver, and his job is to ensure peace and prosperity in his kingdom, using song to guide The Tradition. Of the four Five Hundred Kingdoms books out, this is far and away my favorite one. But then, it would take the eruption of a volcano beneath her feet to get Tasha out of a book of magical theory once she was deeply engrossed. Well, aside from her apparent need to make most of the men repugnant. I mostly enjoyed this one, though I did lose interest at various intervals.
The various adventures Sasha had didn't hold as much weight with me because I knew that as a Fortunate Fool he would come out of them ok every time. Sasha also regularly engages in on-the-spot composition of songs that are easy for anyone to sing, which allows them to rapidly spread throughout his kingdom. And that's what really matters. The path to the Great Palace, paved with pearl shell, unraveled along the sand; a broad ribbon of iridescence, suddenly burning into a patch of blinding white when one of those shafts touched it. Being the capable young woman that she was, she didn't actually need him to come save the day. The back and forth as each combated the spell thrown at them with the quick rebuttal of an equally more powerful spell was spellbinding and inspired. I especially liked the character of Sasha.