PUBLISHER: Luna Books
DATE PUBLISHED: 01st January 2004
In the land of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, if you can’t carry out your legendary role, life is no fairy tale…
Elena Klovis was supposed to be her kingdom’s Cinderella–until fate left her with a completely inappropriate prince! So she set out to make a new life for herself. But breaking with “The Tradition” was no easy matter–until she got a little help from her own fairy godmother. Who promptly offered Elena a most unexpected job…
Now, instead of sleeping in the chimney, she has to deal with arrogant, stuffed-shirt princes who keep trying to rise above their place in the tale. And there’s one in particular who needs to be dealt with…
Sometimes a fairy godmother’s work is never done…
A unique twist on the Cinderella fantasy that changes the course of the fairytale completely, with Cinderella breaking from her traditional story and becoming a Fairy Godmother. The reader becomes engrossed in this new world of retellings with stunning world building.
Elena is a strong character who breaks from her storyline to become a Fairy Godmother. She does not lament on the wrongs she has suffered, but instead makes the most of life and creates a positive influence on the community in which she is a part of. She is a smart female protagonist who develops through the book
Alexander as a character isn’t introduced until almost halfway through the book. He is arrogant and strong-willed from the first moment readers explore his character. Through the novel and his work with Elena he has a major character development. It was funny to read about his escape attempts from his punishment and it was delightful to see his character develop.
The concept of “Tradition” leading the lives of everyone in the five-hundred kingdoms was an explanation for cliques utilised in this book that than opened the possibility for many different storylines. The idea that a persons life that has potential to become a story we know, then “Tradition” gives it a magical nudge. If the story ends in happiness or tragedy it does not matter to the “Tradition”. This was a brand new take on the concept of fairytales that I found refreshing.
The world-building for this new take on retellings takes up majority of the novel and was an element that had me entranced with this world and all of its intricacies. The action did not really pick up until right at the end of the book. I did not feel this took away from the book; the reader just has to be aware that this is not an action book, more a fantasy / retelling / romance.
I definitely recommend this to any fans of retellings and the fantasy genre. A thoroughly enjoyable new take on Cinderella.
Keep Calm and Read On,