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One Good Knight, the second novel to take place in Mercedes Lackey's realm of the Five Hundred Kingdoms (and sequel to 2004's The Fairy Godmother), takes two popular myths -- the Greek legend of Andromeda and Perseus, and the medieval fable of St. George and the Dragon -- and turns them upside down and inside out.
Andromeda is the daughter of the cold and calculating Cassiopeia, the queen of Acadia, one of the lesser-known Five Hundred Kingdoms. Life as a princess, however, isn't exactly exciting, what with all the restrictions and responsibilities. But when a dragon suddenly begins attacking Acadian villages and wreaking havoc, Cassiopeia -- with the help of Andromeda's adept research and the Queen's Council's advice -- resorts to a desperate move: while awaiting a Champion to save the people of Acadia, Cassiopeia begins offering virgins to the dragon. The only fair way to choose whom to sacrifice is a lottery, but when Andromeda's name is drawn, her only hope is to be rescued by a tall, dark and handsome Champion. Tradition, however, in the Five Hundred Kingdoms is decidedly untraditional…
Readers who like a little romance in their fantasy -- or a little fantasy in their romance -- will thoroughly enjoy Lackey's genre-blending Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms saga. Comparable to folklore-powered novels by Patricia A. McKillip, Cecilia Dart-Thornton, and Juliet Marillier, One Good Knight delivers the literary goods in a big way: nonstop action and intrigue, ill-fated romance, jaw-dropping plot twists, and, of course, the proverbial "and they lived happily ever after" -- except this happy ending has some huge and completely unexpected twists. Enjoy! Paul Goat Allen