Beauty and the Werewolf

The magic continues in New York Times bestselling author Mercedes Lackey s enchanting new story from the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series A beauty must battle some beasts before she rescues her prince.The eldest daughter is often doomed in fairy tales But Bella Isabella Beauchamps, daughter of a wealthy merchant vows to escape the usual pitfalls.Anxious to avoThe magic continues in New York Times bestselling author Mercedes Lackey s enchanting new story from the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series A beauty must battle some beasts before she rescues her prince.The eldest daughter is often doomed in fairy tales But Bella Isabella Beauchamps, daughter of a wealthy merchant vows to escape the usual pitfalls.Anxious to avoid the traditional path, Bella dons a red cloak and ventures into the forbidden forest to consult with Granny, the local wisewoman But on the way home she s attacked by a wolf who turns out to be a cursed nobleman Secluded in his castle, Bella is torn between her family and this strange man who creates marvelous inventions and makes her laugh when he isn t howling at the moon.Bella knows all too well that breaking spells is never easy But a determined beauty, a wizard after all, he s only an occasional werewolf and a little Godmotherly interference might just be able to bring about a happy ending.
Beauty and the Werewolf The magic continues in New York Times bestselling author Mercedes Lackey s enchanting new story from the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series A beauty must battle some beasts before she rescues h

  • Title: Beauty and the Werewolf
  • Author: Mercedes Lackey
  • ISBN: 9780373803286
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Hardcover
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    About the Author

    Mercedes Lackey

    Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972 During the late 70 s she worked as an artist s model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music I m a storyteller that s what I see as my job My stories come out of my characters how those characters would react to the given situation Maybe that s why I get letters from readers as young as thirteen and as old as sixty odd One of the reasons I write song lyrics is because I see songs as a kind of story pill they reduce a story to the barest essentials or encapsulate a particular crucial moment in time I frequently will write a lyric when I am attempting to get to the heart of a crucial scene I find that when I have done so, the scene has become absolutely clear in my mind, and I can write exactly what I wanted to say Another reason is because of the kind of novels I am writing that is, fantasy, set in an other world semi medieval atmosphere Music is very important to medieval peoples bards are the chief newsbringers When I write the folk music of these peoples, I am enriching my whole world, whether I actually use the song in the text or not I began writing out of boredom I continue out of addiction I can t not write, and as a result I have no social life I began writing fantasy because I love it, but I try to construct my fantasy worlds with all the care of a high tech science fiction writer I apply the principle of TANSTAAFL There ain t no such thing as free lunch , credited to Robert Heinlein to magic, for instance in my worlds, magic is paid for, and the cost to the magician is frequently a high one I try to keep my world as solid and real as possible people deal with stubborn pumps, bugs in the porridge, and love lives that refuse to become untangled, right along with invading armies and evil magicians And I try to make all of my characters, even the evil magicians, something than flat stereotypes Even evil magicians get up in the night and look for cookies, sometimes I suppose that in everything I write I try to expound the creed I gave my character Diana Tregarde in Burning Water There s no such thing as one, true way the only answers worth having are the ones you find for yourself leave the world better than you found it Love, freedom, and the chance to do some good they re the things worth living and dying for, and if you aren t willing to die for the things worth living for, you might as well turn in your membership in the human race Also writes as Misty LackeyAuthor s website

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    • M— said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      I don't know why I'm so disappointed in this book. It's probably my fault for having my expectations unreasonably high. It's not like Lackey's written any high quality books in years.I have so many fundamental problems with this book, it's hard to keep count. Let's start with the fact it's been marketed as a fairy-tale for adults, but it's really a book for young teen girls. I had expected a narrative a bit less blindly following and simplistic. And then there's the issue that Lackey apparently [...]

    • Erin said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      I have started this review multiple times and I am still having trouble describing the sharp disappointment I feel after completing Beauty and the Werewolf. For years I’ve listened to friends gush over the magic of Lackey’s pen but having finally sampled her work myself, I find the hype grossly over exaggerates reality. If you don’t know who the antagonist is by the end of chapter one… well I don’t want to make assumptions about the readers but it is blatantly obvious just the same. Ho [...]

    • Beth Martin said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      You know something has gone horribly wrong with your novel when the dear reader finds herself rooting for the villain, of all people. Yet that is exactly what happened with Lackey's Beauty and the Werewolf: a promising but ultimately lackluster chapter in the 500 Kingdoms series.Now, I know that Lackey has a tendency to be very hit and miss. Sometimes she will have sparkling novels full of life and humor and a certain something (The Fairy Godmother, The Black Swan) while others muddle along in t [...]

    • Jami said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      This might not be the best of the 500 Kingdoms series, but still I found it enjoyable enough to finish in two days. You can tell how well I like a book by how quickly I finish it. Even short, easily read books take me a long time to finish if I don't like them much. Is Bella too perfect? Of COURSE she is! That's how 99% of fairy tale heroines are. With the exception of the heroine of The Frog Prince - in that one she was an insufferable brat who tried to kill the cursed prince. Is the villain pr [...]

    • Deborah Ideiosepius said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      This is one of Lackey's later projects, in which a number of stories are set in a series of magical kingdoms where a strong mythic tradition tries to twist its dwellers into fairytale lives.This story contains mish-mash elements of little red riding hood, beauty and the beast, Cinderella and I think a couple more. Though that sounds unappealing it actually works out really well and add it the mix a thoroughly 21st century heroine who screams "girl power" (at least sub-vocally) one has a light, f [...]

    • Anne said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      I found this when I was searching my library for down loadable books that were available without having to go on a waiting list. This one popped up, and it looked decent, so I snagged it without really getting my hopes up.Color me shocked. It was good! I didn't realize that it was the 6th book in a series, but since they are pretty much stand-alone stories, it didn't really matter. I guess I probably missed some references to past characters, but nothing important to the current plot. Well, I su [...]

    • Kira said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      Definitely better than some of the other Mercedes Lackey books I've recently read (in different series). As with the other Five Hundred Kingdoms books, it incorporates elements from a number of fairy tales with little twists to tie them together. The Tradition (a force that manipulates people into following a typical fairy tale path) is present throughout, and the main character must find ways to circumvent it. Characters from previous books show up (so if you haven't read The Fairy Godmother th [...]

    • Phyrra said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      Beauty and the Werewolf was the first book that I’d picked up from her set in the Five Hundred Kingdoms world. I adored it. Without giving too much away, the Five Hundred Kingdoms is a world where basically all fairy tales can happen and the Tradition (or Trad as it’s referred to in the books), is a force of magic that wants people to fulfill certain fairy tales. Some fairy tales have a happy ending, others do not. In this particular story, they’re able to achieve a happy ending.The main c [...]

    • Cheryl said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      Abandoned this at the half-way point. This reads like it's written for children, not adults. Poorly developed characters and a plot that could've been half as long. It's just not for me.

    • eyes.2c said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      what is it about Red and the Wolf?Locked as I have been into the Valdemar universe, Mercedes Lackey’s Five Hundred Kingdom’s series is far more enjoyable than I originally anticipated. I guess as writers develop and explore new avenues their fans must join them—or leave. I chose to stay.It seems that every time I turn around there’s a new movie, book or television show that’s centered on Grimm’s story of Little Red Riding Hood where surprise the wolf is no mere wolf but a Were. Yes a [...]

    • Dorian said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      I thought this was one of the better installments in the "500 Kingdoms" series. It's utter fluff, of course, but very pleasant fluff.I wasn't greatly impressed by the heroine's intelligence, given the identity of the villain was obvious to me from very early on, but she failed to realise until he made it blatantly obvious, at almost the very end. Mind you, so did everyone else in the story fail to realise, and you'd think some of them would at least have considered the notion.Still, apart from t [...]

    • Margaret said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      The thing about Mercedes Lackey is that I always know exactly what I'm going to get out of her work. And that means I tend to pick her books up when I am in the mood for exactly that. They'll never be great works of literature, but they're enjoyably comfortable. And I find the Five Hundred Kingdoms series tends to hit those particular desires well. This is not my favourite installment in the series by any means, but it was an enjoyable read. A good way to spend an afternoon (and I've always foun [...]

    • Natalie said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      Theory: The Tradition = the patriarchy/kyriarchy. Discuss.Seriously: I think this series is really good and it is explicitly feminist and Lackey is doing some interesting things with it and it's not nearly as self-indulgent as some of her other series and I think the Luna folks are editing her pretty vigorously and it shows.

    • Shaz Goodwin said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      I haven’t read any novels from the Tales of Five Hundred Kingdoms but I do love a fairytale (and one written for adults!) so I just couldn’t resist when I saw this available to review on Netgalley.In the beginning of this fairy tale we get to know Bella’s family and her place within it - her father, wealthy merchant Henri Beauchamps, step-mother Genevieve and step-sisters Amber and Pearl. Bella has taken on the role of running the household since her mother died when she was ten and carrie [...]

    • Carmel (Rabid Reads) said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      Reviewed by: Rabid ReadsFantasy used to be my genre of choice before I discovered the Urban offshoot. The werewolf story line and having enjoyed books by Mercedes Lackey in the past were the tipping points for my decision to revisit this type of novel. There's definitely nothing modern about this tale between the castles, horses and petticoats but that only adds to its charm. This book blends together two classic fairy tales: Little Red Riding Hood & Beauty and the Beast, to create a spellbi [...]

    • Doris said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      Although the Five Hundred Kingdom books are fairly predictable, based as they are on fairy tales, they are enjoyable reads without being frightening. Entertaining in a way that it reminds without preaching, that the way its always been done is not necessarily the best way.I wasn't particularly thrilled by the opening, but the story picked up quickly, with the main character "Bella" picking up a basket, donning a red hood and heading off to Grandmother's house in the woods. Yes, she meets some in [...]

    • Octobercountry said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      Just finished Mercedes Lackey's Beauty and the Werewolf. I've always been interested in retellings of the "Beauty and the Beast" story---have read several of them over the years---so I was happy to give this one a try.  And while it is far from Lackey's best, I did find it to be a pleasant diversion.Oh, the novel does have a few drawbacks.  I found the heroine to be just a bit abrasive and overly bossy, for my taste.  And the relationship she strikes up with Sebastian, while convivial, isn't [...]

    • S. said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      I really do enjoy Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdoms books, and I enjoyed this one more than I remember enjoying The Sleeping Beauty.Isabella is a wonderful protagonist along the lines of Lackey's specialty: a young, responsible, practical woman who is more than capable of taking care of herself in a male-dominated world. Not surprisingly, this makes her something of an odd duck out amongst her peers, and with her stepmother. Bella is a little different from Lackey's usual FHK female protagonist, be [...]

    • Stacey said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      A warning of bias—Mercedes Lackey is the only author that I actively collect, and I love her Five Hundred Kingdoms series.Beauty and the Werewolf is exactly that, a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast wherein the beast is a werewolf. If you enjoyed the Disney interpretation of the tale, this is fairly similar in tone: it is not a scary story. There are also touches of Cinderella and Red Riding Hood in Bella's story. Bella is a strong, female character. She has a stepmother and two young stepsis [...]

    • Julie said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      I absolutely loved this book, probably because I like a good fairytale. This story was part Little Red Riding Hood, part Beauty and the Beast. The female protaginist was smart, hardworking, kind and all around the kind of woman I like to read about. The woodsman and the Wolf were not at all what you would expect from the typical fairytale which was a nice, but predictable departure from the norm. The only thing in the book that was a bit of a distraction was that I figured out the plot early on [...]

    • Mary said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      I picked this up as a random read from the limited list of eBooks available (with no waiting) at my local library. So, I knew nothing about the book or the world before reading it, except for what was on the cover. From the artwork on the cover I kind of expected some sort of Little Red Riding Hood type story - with a werewolf of course, but I didn't know about The Tradition, or really have any idea that the book was going to so closely mirror a fairy tale until I got near the end. When Granny c [...]

    • Laura said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      Although I truly enjoy Mercedes Lackey's writing, I'd been avoiding this series. I don't enjoy series as much as I used to; I get tired of waiting for the next book. I just want to read a book and have it be over. But then I saw this book on the "Just Published" shelf at Barnes and Noble.I have a real soft spot for Beauty and the Beast stories. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley set me up early (at about 13) to enjoy the various retellings. I think there a [...]

    • Lydia Presley said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      There are times a girl just needs to have some mindless fun. When those times hit me I head straight for this series. Beginning with The Fairy Godmother and working all the way through various fairy tales these books by Mercedes Lackey never fail to make me laugh, coo a little bit in romantic bliss, and feel as if I've done something that is decadently delicious when I close the cover. These aren't serious literature and that's a good thing. I've read the Grimm's Fairy Tales and the Romantic Fai [...]

    • Jennifer said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      I think if I hadn't read the first few books of Mercedes Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdom series, I would have enjoyed this book a lot more. Unfortunately, for me, the latest installment in her series was quite disappointing. I'll start out with what I did like: the combination of the tales "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Beauty and the Beast", the reappearance of Godmother Elena (from the first book), and the plucky but slightly manipulative Bella. Here's what I didn't like: the fact that the villai [...]

    • June said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      This was a fun quick read. I was a little worried when she wore the red cloak to visit Granny, but Beauty is a spunky, no nonsense character and I enjoyed reading about her. I do think I need breaks from the series and that I enjoy them much more not read back to back.

    • JaeRavenClaw said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      Loved it! I completely loved this one! This is a wonderful retelling/revising of Beauty and the Beast and I loved every minute!

    • Carolyn said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      A quick, light read, with a very modern female main character. Recommended for YA as well.

    • Lissette said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      I didn't dislike this book. It was well written (of course it was! This is Mercedes Lackey we're talking about, here!), and the protagonist was exactly the type of practical, no-nonsense female lead I enjoy reading about. But overall, I was disappointed. The title and summary led me to think that this was going to be a paranormal retelling. It made sense, because the original tale has Beauty living in a castle with a guy who is a beast by day and a prince by night––only she doesn't realize t [...]

    • Kendra said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      Fun, lighthearted series by an author I enjoy.

    • Becky said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:22 AM

      This fell flat in a few places. At one point, I was hoping for the villain to be the good guy, and the "beast" character to be evil, in some kind of twist. Weird, right? It did whet my appetite for some interesting fairy tale elements, I just don't know if the author can deliver.

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