The Fairy Godmother- A retelling of Cinderella

In this ingenious retelling of Cinderella, Elena Klovis is abandoned by her stepmother and left to mind the house.  Seeing her chance for a better life she attends the local mop fair in search of a job with fair wages and a kind master.  What she finds is so much more.  Her fairy godmother needs an apprentice and Elena fits the bill.  Godmothering is hard work, there are babies to save, questers to test, unicorns to run out of the garden and one particularly uncharming prince to deal with.  All the while trying to steer the Tradition down a path of happily ever afters.


“...for a country whose people ceased to believe in magic soon lost much of their ability to imagine and dream, and before long, they ceased to believe--or hope-- for anything.”

What  I liked

I always love a good fairy tale retelling and Mercedes Lackey has never written a book I didn’t like so how could I go wrong with this one?  Elena is determined to not succumb to her circumstances.  Her intelligence and kindness show from the very beginning.  She may be a damsel in distress but she doesn’t need a knight in shining armor to save her day.   I got this book when it first came out and have all the books in the series which I read over and over again. 

“… sometimes good people [are] helpless… terrible things happen… to good people… there [are] sad endings as well as happy ones.”
Mercedes Lackey, The Fairy Godmother

 What I didn’t like

Cinderella has never been my favorite fairy tale and I probably wouldn’t have picked it up had anyone else written it.  I’m glad I did.  The copy I have had a few typos but I would imagine that newer editions have cleaned those up.  It’s a Luna Book so I knew it was a romance of sorts though it wasn’t overwhelming or super graphic.  I didn’t expect the few curse words that were thrown in, however, they were few and far between and didn’t take away from the story line.  In fact they made the point more sharply than other words would have been able to do. 

The Tradition doesn’t care how the tale ends, only that it is told.

Who should read this

Anyone who loves fairytale retellings or fantasy books would like this one.  Mercedes Lackey is a master story teller and doesn’t fail to impress with this one.  Click this link to find a list of similar books on GoodReads and follow me over there while your at it.

Over all, I give it 4 stars.  There were a few weird formatting issues and those always bug me. It could also be a little more Cinderella like, it kind of went into left field on that front which was completely fine by me but might bug others.