Today's book review is One Good Knight by Mercedes Lackey.
This is another book in the Five Hundred Kingdoms series, which was introduced with The Fairy Godmother. Unfortunately, in this book the rather clever magic system the earlier book introduces is mostly just accepted, rather than expanded and made cooler. It's sort of based on the Greek myth of Andromeda -- but other than the most superficial outline of the situation, the main similarity is some names. Unfortunately, while not being tied to a well-known myth freed Lackey to have an original and surprising plot, what she produced was painfully predictable, and mostly unnecessarily. There were a couple of what were perhaps supposed to be subtle foreshadowings, but unfortunately, these little bits of text told me exactly where the rest of the story was going. Without those hints, I might have found the plot at least a little less predictable, but I still think it would have been weak.
From my description of the plot, you might assume that I hated the book, but I didn't. Lackey continues to be able to write in such a way that I enjoy the story and care about the characters, even though I shouldn't. So, if you share my guilty pleasure of enjoying Mercedes Lackey books, this, too, is entertaining, though pretty much cotton candy. It's a good flavor of cotton candy. 7 out of 10.
Up to now in these reviews, I've had a policy of not including any story details, because I don't like to have spoilers in book reviews. But I am now changing my policy, because I want to serve another purpose with these reviews, which is to help me remember something about the books that I've read, since I seem to completely forget most of the books I read so soon. I'll keep the spoilers behind cut tags, so readers who don't want any secrets revealed can be happy, but if anyone wants to hear about the plot, now you'll be able to.
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