In this novel of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Lackey tackles the Perseus and Andromeda myth, in which the maiden is tied to a stake and left for a monster to devour. The Princess Andromeda (or Andie, as she prefers to be called) isn't exactly the helpless maiden you'd expect, and she's initially rescued by a champion -- a girl -- before she finally meets her Perseus, the dragon Perisept.

There's also the tradition to heed. In the Five Hundred Kingdoms, the tradition is always ready to force events to follow a predetermined path, and only those who are aware of tradition will succeed.

This book is a completely entertaining romp, where a good deal of the fun is picking out the bits and pieces of fairy tales that Lackey uses to embellish her story. Andromeda is a sympathetic heroine -- finally, a heroine who wears glasses and loves to read! -- and, naturally, good triumphs over evil. (Mar., 432 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs