by Mercedes Lackey

January 2004
ISBN: 0-373-80202-1
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Elena Klovis lives a simple lifestyle, trying to avoid her stepmother and stepsisters. She is basically their slave and has nobody to speak up for her or protect her. Freedom from the drudgery seems like a dream for her.

Life has been getting worse for her family since her fatherís death. Her family spends money without saving for a rainy day and soon the inevitable happens. When her stepmother and stepsisters are forced to leave, they take every piece of portable household goods with them. They leave very little for Elena and soon the creditors come, thoroughly clean the house out of everything and she is left adrift.

Happy that her evil stepmother and stepsisters no longer rule her days, she still needs to find a place for herself if she is to survive. The world that was such an enticing and appealing escape in the past, is now a scary place. Elena has very limited options!

Elena hopes to be employed as a servant and attends the town fair, hoping to find work there. Instead she meets a fairy godmother who surprisingly offers her an apprenticeship. Elena is shocked at the offer but readily agrees to the position and quickly finds herself a full fairy godmother. Soon her life changes in significant ways and she finds herself judging potential princes. Can Elena find the perfect prince for herself?

The Fairy Godmother, is a brilliant start to the Luna line! Mercedes Lackey brings us a romantic retelling of Cinderella in a book that engrossed and entertained me. Her depth of detail and lush descriptions immersed me in her fantasy world. Elena was a thoroughly likeable heroine who grows significantly through the book. The plotting and characterization blended with a lush world to make this a sure winner.

Reviewed in April 2004 by Bree.

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