BEAUTY AND THE WEREWOLF
The Five Hundred Kingdoms series represents some of Lackey’s best work. Explicitly feminist, she uses fairy tales to challenge societal expectations by way of the Tradition and how her characters overcome it in order to live fulfilled lives. These are also extremely readable and entertaining books, and this entry is no exception.
Unhappy about a turn of events, Bella tries to make the best of a bad situation, befriending Sebastian’s eerie invisible servants and trying to come to an accord with his prickly half-brother, Eric. Events come to a head when Sebastian turns into a wolf in between full moons and it falls to Bella to convince the king to spare his life. (LUNA, Oct., 384 pp., $24.95)