Fortune's ​Fool (Five Hundred Kingdoms 3.) 1 csillagozás

Mercedes Lackey: Fortune's Fool

The seventh daughter of the Sea King, Ekaterina is more than a pampered princess – she's also the family spy. Which makes her the perfect emissary to check out interesting happenings in the neighboring kingdom…and nothing interests her more than Sasha, the seventh son of the king of Belrus. Ekaterina suspects he's far from the fool people think him. But before she can find out what lies beneath his facade, she is kidnapped!

Trapped in a castle at the mercy of a possessive Jinn, Ekaterina knows her chances of being found are slim. Now fortune, a fool and a paper bird are the only things she can count on-along with her own clever mind and intrepid heart.…

Luna, 2007
368 oldal · ISBN: 9780373802661 · ASIN: 0373802668

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Arianrhod P>!
Mercedes Lackey: Fortune's Fool

És ez pedig teljesen betett nekem! Orosz mesék és népmesék, mitológia minden mennyiségben. Ruszalkáktól kezdve sellőkig és szirénekig, Tengeri királytól púpos lovacskáig, a Rézhegyek királynőjétől japán rókaszellemekig, arab dzsinntől Koscsejig volt itt aztán minden. Volt orosz Zöldember! És persze minden jó, ha jó a vége! Ismét lebírtuk a vak Tradíciót.

Lackeyt alaposan helyben hagyta az orosz hagyomány, elbűvölte, és a legjobbat hozta ki belőle. Beleszerettem Baba Jagába a repülő mozsarával egyetemben, és emiatt a könyv miatt vettem elő az orosz meséket. És nem bántam meg!

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Arianrhod P>!

Eventually, for the major positions, he had decided to mirror his offspring; similar duties, different titles. And being a creature of the Fey, of the Sea, and not nearly as bound in these things by The Tradition as mortals, he elected to mirror the boys against the girls.

Arianrhod P>!

This was important, since Katya’s form of water-magic, though not nearly as powerful as her Sorceress-sister’s and virtually identical to it in such things as “calling water” or forcing water creatures to obey her at need, did one thing that none of the rest could do.
She could walk on the Drylands without precautions or a second thought. That was the gift that touch of Siren’s blood gave to her. Beneath the waves, she breathed the water, while above it, she breathed the air. Transitions were effortless and instantaneous.

Arianrhod P>!

The Drake was impossibly beautiful, like an enormous cross between a Sea Serpent and a Lionfish. In sleep, it lay coiled around a stone in the center of its cave that had been worn smooth by its movements as it slept. It had an enormous frill of black-and-white striped spines, and a ridge of similar spines down its back.

Arianrhod P>!

Some were actual fish, frogs, and turtles. Others were pure spirits of the water, tiny water-fairies in the form of impossible fish-like creatures, wildly colored and with a vast variety of fins, spines, and crests. Others were strangely transparent snakes, or miniature dragons.

Arianrhod P>!

“There is more than one Baba Yaga?” she asked, somewhat aghast.
Klava shrugged. “So it is said. I could believe it. It is difficult to imagine how one Baba Yaga could wreak so much havoc. The tales I have heard say that there are three. But the point is that they are not really ancient human women but spirits created when the forests were young.”

Arianrhod P>!

So this Palace, although underwater, had such a path.

In many ways, it was a good thing that no one ever actually walked on the path. Pearl shell, while pretty, had very sharp edges, and no one down here wore shoes.

And that, Ekaterina, the youngest daughter of the Sea King, reflected, as she swam in a deceptively languid manner toward the palace, was a pity.

Arianrhod P>!

But part of it was The Tradition, which said very clearly that mermaids spent a lot of time combing their hair, sitting on rocks and singing, or both. Her father had managed to put an end to the part of The Tradition that had once made them sit on rocks and sing sailors to their doom—now they only enchanted the poor lads so that they forgot their One True Loves, at least until the One True Loves managed to break the spell. Her father was clever that way. He hadn’t wanted sailors with their ears stopped up with wax or clay slaughtering his subjects, so back when he’d been the Sea Prince, he’d gotten hold of half a dozen very good bards and paid them generously to write songs on the new theme. It had taken several years of concentrated effort, spreading the songs, singing them in contests, even introducing very elegant versions into several nearby Royal Courts, but the effort had paid off handsomely. Now the only sea creatures that lured sailors to their doom were the Sirens, and they didn’t acknowledge her father’s authority, claiming to be descended from gods.

Arianrhod P>!

Katya had enough wanderlust for twenty sailors. She was never happier than when she was sleeping in strange beds, eating strange foods, and wearing strange clothing.

Arianrhod P>!

Although…his elder brother Kostenka did claim it was useful to listen to what the crows, ravens, and jackdaws were saying when he was hunting.

Arianrhod P>!

The third, however, was the Little Humpback Horse…wise, clever, ugly, and very, very magical.

But he had not wanted the services of the Humpback Horse for himself. The little fellow could fly, travel as fast as his mother, and offer the best of advice. And after a careful negotiation with the beast, he had found a Godmother willing to teach him as a trade for the Humpback Horse’s aid.

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