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Another story sparkling with wit and humor from New York Times best-selling author Mercedes Lackey.

Traditionally, marauding dragons are soothed only by a virgin sacrifice. And so practical-minded Princess Andromeda - with the encouragement of her mother's court - reluctantly volunteers to do her duty, asking only for a sword to defend herself. Well, her offer is accepted, but the weapon isn't forthcoming, and so Andromeda faces the dragon alone.

Until a Champion arrives to save her - sort of. Sir George doesn't quite defeat the dragon, but as Andromeda finishes rescuing herself she discovers that beneath the Good Knight's well-meaning though inexperienced heroics lies a further tale… Still, Andromeda can't leave her seacoast country in further jeopardy from the dragon's return, and so she and…er… George join to search for the dragon's lair. But even - especially - in the Five Hundred Kingdoms, bucking with Tradition isn't easy. It takes the strongest of wills, more than a hint of stubbornness, quick thinking and a refusal to give up, no matter what happens along the way.

Somehow, though, none of this was taught in princess school…

©2006 Mercedes Lackey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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One gorgeous book more by Mercedes Lackey. Godmother Elana makes a reappearance, but otherwise leaves room for a lovely story about outer appearances and inner beauty.
If you love fairy tales, this book is for you.
Märchen sind zauberhaft und so ist diese zweite Geschichte über die 500 Königreiche. Innovativ, stark und liebevoll zugleich - wieder einmal gut durchdacht.

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Well, that was fun!

I have been reading a lot of fairy tales to my 4-year-old son lately, but I really loved this one. Although (like all fairy tales) the end was pretty obvious from the beginning, the twisting way to that end and especially the idea about manipulating Tradition was not only well thought out, but also well written. Add to that a superb reader, and you got me hooked!