One Good Knight

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One Good Knight by Mercedes Lackey, Narrated by Gabra Zackman

Goodreads Rating: 5 stars

Actual Rating: 4.5 

Narrator Rating: 5

 

One Good Knight is a retelling loosely following the Greek myth of Andromeda. Where Greek Lore indicates Andromeda to be beautiful, One Good Knight indicates she is “lesser” than most females and more homely than beautiful. One Good Knight is also loosely based from St. George and the Dragon, however, it is really in name only as this does not end in an entire town going through religious conversion.

In One Good Knight, Andromeda (Andi) is very book smart and she starts to notice some magical irregularities in her research for the Queen. During this time, the Queen had her consort conjure a dragon to wreck havoc on the villages. Andi is tasked to find out how to “rid” the kingdom of the dragon and discovers meaningful sacrifice would do so. A lottery is set up for virginal women, and each week a new name is drawn. After a while, the reader discovers prior to the cast, that this lottery is not by chance, but whenever a family displeases the Queen or speaks out against the Queen, their daughter is “selected” in the lottery and sent to die. During one such lottery, Princess Andi’s name is drawn and she is sent to be sacrificed, and so the adventure begins.

I really enjoyed the twists and turns this particular story had. As a reader, it is often times easy to get bored when books do as you expect. One Good Knight keeps readers entranced. Without giving away spoilers, the ending has been one of the best I have enjoyed. Much like in The Fairy Godmother, the Tradition had a mind of it’s own, only in One Good Knight I really enjoyed the way the Tradition worked for the characters.  I feel Andi was well written. She is portrayed as a confused, homely, child not to be taken seriously for most of time leading up to her being sacrificed. Queen Cassiopia is one to be despised. She is heartless and offers up her daughter happily to be killed.

The reason the actual rating is 4.5 stars is mainly because it was soooo slow to start out. Once the excitement of Princess Andi being sacrificed to the dragon occurs, things really start to speed up.

I really can’t say there is a particular character I didn’t like, aside from the villains of course, but I even enjoyed them. I thought each character in the book gave the book it’s personality it took on. Oh but the twists!!! It would be too many spoilers to explain the twists, and I want any potential reader to be as shocked as I was when I first came to the twists.

I am really glad I started this series, and I look forward to more Virgin chasing unicorns, fairy godmothers, and all of the other Traditional tales yet to be discovered.

Dragons need a little lovin’ too

How to Date a Dragon

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

This book is the second in a series, however, they are written in such a way you can read them as standalones. This book did touch a little bit on some characters introduced in the first novel, but they do not have active roles, and when they are around, you don’t feel lost about their significance (if any).

What I liked about this book was that it is something that I haven’t really read before. Lately, I have broadened smut horizons…(side note: I have a hard time reading romance novels for the simple fact that they tend to be a bit unbelievable. The romance I tend to read when I do, does favor that with some sort of paranormalcy to it…primarily because it is so fake, I can enjoy the story more over that “dream relationship”. Also, lately, I have been finding some pretty spot on accurate smut novels that I have truly enjoyed).

I did like the dragon aspect. To be completely honest, I had never read anything regarding dragons before. I think Ashlyn Chase really had to have a good imagination with setting up dragon history and how he came to fall in love with this human. On a negative, I could have used a little more heat and passion. When I read smut, I want to need a cigarette after I read a sex scene. And I don’t smoke.

I also liked Bliss’ character. Her character sketch was strong. I know I moan about it often, but I can’t stand the “woe is me” type character sketch for women. Bliss has her own struggles, she doesn’t like accepting help, she struggles with an overbearing family, she is currently in a greeting card reality competition, a fire consumes her house, she finds out the fireman who saved her life whom she starts falling in love with is actually a dragon, she is attacked by a crazy dragon lady (a literal dragon lady) and she doesn’t falter. Not once does she give up, throw in the towel or complain. She rolls with the punches, picks up the pieces and keeps going.

Do I recommend it? Meh, it’s not necessarily one of those books I would suggest you go out of your way and read RIGHT NOW, but the story was cute and enjoyable. If you find yourself with nothing else to read, and you want to read something a bit different, then yes, you should pick up a copy of this book. Plus…the model on the cover is pretty delicious 😉