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Beauty and the Werewolf (Five Hundred Kingdoms Series #6)

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Another dellightful fairytale adventure.

Ms. Lackey's latest addition to her Five Hundred Kingdoms adventure-romances offers the qualities that have made the other stories in the series such fun to read: intelligent and likable characters, clever adaptation of classic fairy tales and legends, solid storytellin...
Ms. Lackey's latest addition to her Five Hundred Kingdoms adventure-romances offers the qualities that have made the other stories in the series such fun to read: intelligent and likable characters, clever adaptation of classic fairy tales and legends, solid storytelling, and a wry sense of humor. As is typical for her work, history and mythology fans are likely to appreciate the attention to detail and background. While reading it in sequence with the rest of the series will make it a richer experience, I think it also works well as a stand-alone novel. Heartily recommended (as is the rest of the series) for anybody who enjoys adventure, romance, magic, or who has ever wondered what would happen if the characters in fables and tales stopped to question their traditional roles.

posted by Matthew_Pursley on January 8, 2012

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12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Fairytales with a new spin

This is the 6th book in the Five Hundred Kingdoms series. This is a fractured fairy tale. The story is about Isabella (Bella) Beauchamps who lives with her father, stepmother and two stepsisters. She goes off one afternoon to visit and bring a basket of treats to Granny...
This is the 6th book in the Five Hundred Kingdoms series. This is a fractured fairy tale. The story is about Isabella (Bella) Beauchamps who lives with her father, stepmother and two stepsisters. She goes off one afternoon to visit and bring a basket of treats to Granny, the local old woman who sells potions and gives advise. Along the way she meets up the Woodsman, Eric, and on her way home after dark is attacked by the wolf or in the case werewolf. Starting to sound familiar?? After Bella is bitten by the werewolf, she is sent by the King and local Fairy Godmother to stay with Duke Sebastian, who is a scholarly and shy sorcerer, and who is also cursed to change into a werewolf during the full moon. The King determines that the needs to stay secluded with him for three months until they can determine if she will also start to turn at the full moon. While Bella assists Sebastian in his spells, as he tries to break the curse, she talks to her Fairy Godmother through her magic mirror, and she learns that everyone in the City is pushed by The Tradition which is an underlying force that tries to fit everyone into a fairytale storyline. This is an interesting spin on the usual fairytales that we all know and love. I found the invisible servants and Bella's attempt to identify and work with them very entertaining. Received advance copy from NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher. Thank you.

posted by ldosch on August 31, 2011

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

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    Fairytales with a new spin

    This is the 6th book in the Five Hundred Kingdoms series. This is a fractured fairy tale. The story is about Isabella (Bella) Beauchamps who lives with her father, stepmother and two stepsisters. She goes off one afternoon to visit and bring a basket of treats to Granny, the local old woman who sells potions and gives advise. Along the way she meets up the Woodsman, Eric, and on her way home after dark is attacked by the wolf or in the case werewolf. Starting to sound familiar?? After Bella is bitten by the werewolf, she is sent by the King and local Fairy Godmother to stay with Duke Sebastian, who is a scholarly and shy sorcerer, and who is also cursed to change into a werewolf during the full moon. The King determines that the needs to stay secluded with him for three months until they can determine if she will also start to turn at the full moon. While Bella assists Sebastian in his spells, as he tries to break the curse, she talks to her Fairy Godmother through her magic mirror, and she learns that everyone in the City is pushed by The Tradition which is an underlying force that tries to fit everyone into a fairytale storyline. This is an interesting spin on the usual fairytales that we all know and love. I found the invisible servants and Bella's attempt to identify and work with them very entertaining. Received advance copy from NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher. Thank you.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Heh, heh. The poll. :P

    Who is in your opinion...how should I say...hotter?<p>• Scarlett Johansson<p>• Taylor Swift<p>• Cobie Smulders<p>• Kirsten Dunst

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    A nice twist on fairy tales

    This book is not your average fairy tale since it has multiple fairy tale parts all bundled up in one book. I really did enjoy this book although one part I didn't like was the fact that like the last 60 pages she decided there needed to be some romantic connection in it and it seemed forced to me but all in all this book was pretty good. I am going to read more of her series and if they are anything like this book I am sure they will be enjoyable reads.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

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    Enjoyable but felt unfinished

    This is the latest book that I've read in the Five Hundred Kingdoms book. Now, to be fair, I'm a fan of Mercedes Lackey's, and not so much a fan of romance. This series isn't her strongest books, but they are good fun. I enjoyed the plot of this one more than some of them, but things in it just felt kind of abrupt, including the ending, which also seemed to be inconclusive. If you've enjoyed the other Five Hundred Kingdoms books, though, you will probably enjoy this one.

    If you want something a little harder, and more what I think of as essential Mercedes Lackey, try the Elemental Masters Series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Ok book by Lackey

    Nice twist on an old tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Teenagers...maybe

    Ok....not really what I read...wasnt bad...probably wouldnt have bought it had I read some of it first...more for teenagers I would say

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Mediocre

    Not as good as the first book but not as bad as the fortunes fool either. A little disappointing after reading the snow queen which is probably te second best in the series. A nice book but lacks depth

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