Review: Fortune’s Fool, A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms (Book 3)

By: Mercedes Lackey

Available on: Amazon, Audible, and Barnes and Noble.

Overview:

Blurb: This is the third book in the Five Hundred Kingdoms series; while it can be read as a stand-alone, it does make more sense if you have read The Fairy Godmother with certain characters that make an appearance. Katya, a daughter of the Sea King, is a spy for her father. She is sent ashore and meets a kitsune who she aids in defeating a demon. While on another mission, Katya meets the Seventh Son of the King of Led Belarus, another kingdom of the Five Hundred Kingdoms.

However, this kingdom has no Fairy Godmother, just the magic of Sasha, the Fortunate Fool and Seventh Son. Katya and Sasha fall in love, quite quickly, and end up separated when Katya is kidnapped by an evil Jinn. Katya and Sasha have separate adventures, including run-ins with Baba Yaga herself and the Queen of the Copper Mountain, as they strive to get back to one another.

Katya isn’t the only one that has been kidnapped. Because of The Tradition forcing his hand, the Jinn has been taking women of magical abilities away and keeping them to drain of their powers. One of the Swan Sisters has been stolen away by the Jinn, another captive is an actual ghost who is earth-bound. A snow maiden and shapeshifter have also been taken.

As ever with a Five Hundred Kingdoms, they also help many others along the way. All in all, a nice, happily ever after sort of story, with magical beings and multiple folk tale characters abounding.

Trigger Warnings:

Bastardization of Mythology, Blood, Bullying, Death, Disabled Character (sort of), Food, Murder, Off Screen Sex, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Purple Prose, Sex, Toxic Masculinity (mentioned in passing), Unsafe Sex, Violence, Violent Imagery, War

Body Count: 2, technically? Does it count if they’re already dead?

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Review: The Fairy Godmother, A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms (Book 1)

By: Mercedes Lackey

Available on: Amazon, Audible, and Barnes and Noble.

Read as part of the 2020 Golden Trio Reading Challenge, prompt: Transfiguration!

Overview:

Blurb: The first book of a series, The Fairy Godmother introduces us to the world of the Five Hundred Kingdoms and the Tradition. Elena Klovis was to be her kingdom’s version of Cinderella, complete with an evil step-family and the nickname “Ella Cinders”. One problem: the prince is eleven. Elena seeks out work and is taken as apprentice to a real-life Fairy Godmother, her own fairy godmother no less. She begins training to become a Fairy Godmother herself and all the wonders, and troubles, that come with it. One of those is a Prince by the name of Alexander that turns out to be a total ass. Well, at least he turns into one after trying to mow down Elena. Now, Elena has more kingdoms to take care of, a royal jackass on her hands, and a lot more adventure on her plate than she first assumed she would encounter.

Trigger Warnings:

Blood, Bullying, Child Abuse (mentioned), Death, Emotional Abuse, Food, Murder, Violence, Violent Imagery

Body Count: Human: 3, mentioned but not displayed.

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Review: The Rules of Magic

By: Alice Hoffman

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Read as part of the 2020 Golden Trio Reading Challenge prompt: Rowena Ravenclaw.

Overview:

Blurb: This story follows the three Owens siblings: Francis, Jet, and Vincent as they grow up with the magic of their family bloodline both bringing wondrous things and absolutely wreaking havoc on their lives.

Trigger Warnings:

Alcohol, Blood, Bullying, Death, Drug Use (Illicit), Food, Infidelity, Off Screen Sex, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Purple Prose, Racism, Underage Drinking, Underage Sex, Unsafe Lifestyle, Unsafe Sex

Body Count: several, I honestly lost count.

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Review: First Frost

By: Sarah Addison Allen

First Frost: A Novel by [Allen, Sarah Addison]

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Overview:

Blurb: This is the follow up novel to Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells; set ten years after the first book, it shows the lives of the Waverley family as they await the blooming of their magical apple tree at the first frost of autumn.

Trigger Warnings:

Bullying, Death, Food, Infidelity (mentioned)

Body Count: 0

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Review: The Secrets of Ghosts

By Sarah Painter

Available on: Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Overview:

Blurb: Katie Harper is turning twenty one and hopes, on this birthday, she will finally come into the powers she has been working towards for years. Most of the Harper women are known for being “wise women”, each having their own abilities. For Katie, her power suddenly appears in the wake of a death at her workplace. Now, she can see and talk to ghosts! Secrets abound with her new-found powers and danger from unexpected sources.

Trigger Warnings:

Death, Food, Gore, Murder

Body Count: 3, technically?

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Review: Bound, The Witches of Doyle Book 1

By: Kirsten Weiss

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Overview:

Blurb: Karin, Jayce, and Lenore are dealing with a lot right now. Jayce has a corpse in her coffee shop. Karin has the hots for a total stranger. And Lenore sees death on the wind. There’s a lot going on that is happening unseen, and magic is thick in the air for this starter to the Witches of Doyle series.

Trigger Warnings:

Animal Death, Blood, Death, Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Drug Use (Prescription), Food, Gun Violence, Murder, Violence, Violent Imagery, Witchcraft

Body Count: 3

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Review: The Mermaid and Mrs. Handcock

By: Imogen Hermes Gowar

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Overview:

Blurb: An elegant tale told in three acts: a twist of fortune changes the lives of many as one Mr. Jonah Hancock comes into possession of the corpse of an honest-to-god baby mermaid. The novelty attracts the attention of the Madame of a so-called nunnery, where ladies are handsomely compensated for their company and far more physical acts. One of Mrs. Chappell’s former star girls is recently returned to the social scene after the untimely demise of her previous patron. Her name is well known amongst the Ton: Mrs. Angelica Neal. She is fickle and flighty; she struggles to readjust to the return to her life before. All is not lost for Angelica as she is reunited with her old friend, and fellow pupil of Mrs. Chappell, Bel Fortescue. But lust, love, loss, and folly drive Angelica from the path of professional mistress and towards the haunted Mr. Hancock. She demands another mermaid from him in return for her affections. But the realities of obtaining said creature are far from what either expected. With her lifestyle in upheaval and friends betraying her, Angelica falls from hedonistic opulence into spirited but ordinary.

Trigger Warnings:

Bullying, Child Abuse, Death (mentioned), Drug Use (Illicit), Emotional Abuse, Food, Infidelity, Mental Abuse, Miscarriage, Non-Consensual Touching, Off Screen Infidelity, Off Screen Sex, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Prostitution, Racism, Sexism, Slavery, Systemic Racism, Time Period True Racism, Toxic Masculinity, Unsafe Lifestyle, Unsafe Sex

Body Count: 0

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