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****One Good Knight

by Mercedes Lackey

Reviewed June 30, 2006.
Luna Books, New York, 2006.  360 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (MCN F LAC).

One Good Knight is my favorite kind of story—a fairy-tale-type story, with its own twists and turns.  This is set in the same Five Hundred Kingdoms as Mercedes Lackey’s The Fairy Godmother,  where magic is backed up with the power of The Tradition.

Andromeda wants her mother, the Queen, to take her seriously.  So Andie’s delighted when she gets to do her favorite thing—research in the library and prepare reports for the Queen and her Prime Minister.  Only they don’t seem so happy when she discovers something strange going on with the weather, something that brings money in to the Crown.

Then a dragon shows up, where no dragon’s been seen in ages.  The kingdom begins making virgin sacrifices to appease it.  After Andie’s research reveals more possible wrongdoing, she is chosen to be the next sacrifice.  Now all she needs is a knight to rescue her and kill the dragon, but knights are having trouble getting into the kingdom.  One with some special attributes does make it across the border, but that knight doesn’t manage to kill the dragon.  So Andie guides the knight through the countryside as he attempts to track the dragon to his lair.

This story is a lot of fun.  I like the spunky book-loving heroine.  I like the twists off traditional tales and the way they cleverly manipulate The Tradition to work for them.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Reviews of other books by Mercedes Lackey:
The Fairy Godmother
The Snow Queen
Sleeping Beauty
Beauty and the Werewolf
Take a Thief
The Dragon Quintet

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