The Fairy Godmother (Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 1)

The Fairy Godmother - Mercedes Lackey Actual Rating 3.5

I enjoyed this read. The world was well developed and fun to explore. There were some weaknesses though. First, the author was working in the world of fairy tales which she was grounding in a type of reality but it was inconsistently done. Secondly, characters would appear stay a while and then disappear either to metamorphose into something very different or never to be heard from again ... there were plenty of interesting ways to incorporate their stories into the "grounded" fairy tale but sadly that didn't happen and hence the lower rating.

There was plenty of story potential here and the writing quality had the strength to carry that off, too bad it didn't happen. I enjoyed it for the world building, the quality of writing and the stories potential so give this one a go if you're into fairy tale re-tellings :)