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Recently I took a plane trip. As I travel with my kindle fire, I have literally hundreds of books at my fingertips. However, I am a nervous flyer. There’s usually a period of 10 to 20 minutes upon take off and landing where they ask you to turn off all electronic devices. On my way to Indiana, I distracted myself with the latest issue of Nylon magazine. For my trip home, I elected to get a book that caught my attention, Beauty and the Werewolf by Mercedes Lackey.

I always loved Mercedes Lackey growing up. She wrote my favorite trilogy, the Last Herald Mage Trilogy. My hero growing up was Vanyel, an extremely powerful gay man and his story of sacrifice and heroism. They taught me tolerance of difference and how to be open-minded. Her characters are usually fully fleshed out, and for me, I can’t help but identify with them and love them.

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 character, Bella, is extremely relatable and self-aware. I really appreciated the fact that you could almost put her into the ‘self-rescuing’, unconventional princess category. I did find that I suspected the villain from the beginning of the book, but that was ok. It was enjoyable to read. The interaction between the characters was entertaining.

This book actually made me go back and purchase the first in the series, which I also enjoyed immensely, but that’s a story for another day.

I grew up on Mercedes Lackey and I’m happy to say that I can still enjoy her writing 20 years later.

What was your favorite book series growing up? Have you read any books by Mercedes Lackey?

Product purchased by me. All opinions are my own.