Looking for a book, REALLY bugging me...


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Mar 25, 2023
When I was a teen in the late 90s, I remember reading a fantasy novel about what follows Happily Ever After. The boy climbs the tower, defeats the bad guy, gets the magic sword, blah blah blah... He gets back to the king and finds out the reward wasn't what he envisioned. The promised daughters hand in marriage was to the youngest, not the eldest like he thought. His noble title is the newest, weakest one, and his castle is a crumbling ruin at the least favored edge of the kingdom. So the other 75 % of the novel involves falling in love with a disgruntled stranger, rebuilding a crumbling, HAUNTED, ruin with limited funds and workers always fleeing. Plus other weird stuff happens. By the end of the book he finally comes to terms with his now complicated life still being better than he could have hoped for as a peasant, with a title, castle, and pretty wife that's finally starting to like him. What the heck was this book?!


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Oct 19, 2010
Mercedes Lackey has been writing and re-writing fairy tales. Some of the stories re-imagine the traditional story.

Then there're the tales of the 500 Kingdoms. She asks the question: "Where do Fairy Godmothers come from?" And answers it!
Search for >Five Hundred Kingdoms (book series)<

Many aspects of "Happily Ever After" are explored!

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