Book Cover
Title The Godmother
Author Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Cover Art Tara McGovern
Publisher Ace Books - 1995
First Printing Ace Books - 1994
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Title The Godmother's Apprentice
Author Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Cover Art Tara McGovern
Publisher Ace Books - 1996
First Printing Ace Books - 1995
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Title The Godmother's Web
Author Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Cover Art Tara McGovern Benson
Publisher Ace Books - 1999
First Printing Ace Books - 1998
Category General
Warnings None
Main Characters Felicity Fortune, Rose Samson, Snohomish Quantrill, Puss, Cindy Ellis, Grandmother
Main Elements Fairy tales, Celtic folklore, Native American folklore Godmothers, Fey

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A coworker gave me these books to read with a good recommendation. So I figured, why not. This coworker usually refers happy, humourous fantasy books so I started in on the first expecting something similar. No, on the contrary the book was almost depressing. The horrors that haunt the streets of big cities, the poverty, the perversity, from pedophiles to street gangs, this book covered all the stuff we like to pretend isn't there. No wonder Rose, a social worker, needed the help of a fairy godmother.

If you expected Felicity to simply wave her wand and make things alright, you'll be disappointed once more. I'm not saying this isn't a "happy ever after" fairy tale, but rather that it is only that kind of story for some of the people of Seattle. Most will have to continue to live with their misery. See godmothers only have a small ration of magic that they are allowed to use, and there is an awful lot of bad stuff going on out there.

On the other hand I like how the characters all find themselves falling into the archetypes of various fairy tales. There's Sno with the evil step mother...and the poisoned joint? Cindy with the evil step sisters...and the glass horseshoe? And yet, each fairy tale is different, they aren't simply reliving someone else's story, and they all interleave, sharing each others villains and heroes. It was quite interesting.

The second book I enjoyed even more. Now, I'm not that familiar with the Celtic tales and I tended to get mixed up with which mythological character was which. But the story was more upbeat and more fantastical. Talking swans, a cat funeral and a flying horse are just some of the things you'll meet in this book.

I really enjoyed these stories, and as my coworker did before, I will recommend them to others.

May 2007

I was surprised when in a used bookstore I came across a third book in the series I wasn't even aware of. I had to pick it up and read it of course. At first I found I didn't like it, I can't even really explain why, I just found it kind of boring. Don't get me wrong, I found the Navajo and Hopi lore fascinating, but the actual plot just didn't interest me. But for whatever reason, I kept on reading right to the end. And found I liked the ending enough that overall I liked the book.

Posted: April 2006


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