Author: Mercedes Lackey
Series: 500 Kingdoms #5
Genre: Fairy tale retellings
Setting: The Five Hundred Kingdoms, where the Tradition rules all life.
Reason for Reading: I have enjoyed the previous books in this series.
Finished In: Days
Copyright Date: 2010
Cover: Very pink. A woman in a fuschia gown has her hand to her face, as though she just woke up. Roses are around her, and a knight lurks in the background.
First line: "Mirror, mirror, in my hand, who's the fairest in the land?' Fairy Godmother Lily stared intently into the book-size, gilt-framed mirror she held cupped between her palms, and muttered under her breath, 'And if you say you are, Jimson, I am going to hurl you so hard against the wall they'll be looking for your shards with tweezers for years.'"
Best part: The inclusion of the Ring Cycle in this was quite frankly hilarious.
Worst part: A few aspects of the story seemed a little too easy.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Nolita Fairy Tale" by Vanessa Carlton
Recommended for: Anyone who enjoys the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale should give it a look.
Related Reads: The Fairy Godmother by the same author. Godmother by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter.