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Fortune's Fool

Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 3
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Series: Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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The seventh daughter of the Sea King, Ekaterina is more than a pampered princess - she's also the family spy. Which makes her the perfect emissary to check out interesting happenings in the neighboring kingdom...and nothing interests her more than Sasha, the seventh son of the king of Belrus. Ekaterina suspects he's far from the fool people think him. But before she can find out what lies beneath his facade, she is kidnapped!

Trapped in a castle at the mercy of a possessive Jinn, Ekaterina knows her chances of being found are slim. Now fortune, a fool, and a paper bird are the only things she can count on - along with her own clever mind and intrepid heart....

©2007 Mercedes Lackey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Paula Fregia
  • 20-03-2013

Very slow start.

What did you love best about Fortune's Fool?

Gabra Zackman's reading is excellent, as always.

If you’ve listened to books by Mercedes Lackey before, how does this one compare?

Of the 500 Kingdoms books, this is my least favorite so far. I am, however, only halfway through. I usually devour them in a few days, but I've been listening to this one off and on for weeks. The beginning doesn't necessarily drag, but you don't get into the meat of the plot until the second half of the book. The first half of the book seems to be completely different from the second half, where the real plot begins. I keep listening to it and then switching to something else because I get absolutely bored. It's also the most sexually explicit of this series so far, which is something to think about when you're listening to it at home with a child wandering around the house!

Which scene was your favorite?

Nothing so far

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It's been a struggle.

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  • S. Shelton
  • 02-09-2014

Addicted to this series!

I love these stories, each is very loosely based upon a fairy tale. This one is The Little Mermaid because of a mermaid and a land guy, however that is the only similarity. These books are easy to listen to and have creative plots.

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  • P. K. Bethune
  • 29-01-2015

Fun read

Mercedes has another light, fun read based on classic folk tales with her own unique spin from Russia and Sergei

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  • Nora and Neil
  • 04-08-2019

Adult fairytale

A fun engaging fairytale and well read. I really loved it but could have done with less graphic sex.

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  • Rebecca Keegan
  • 08-07-2019

still in love

this book and its author are my favorites. the reader makes it magical and very entertaining

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  • Valerie
  • 03-06-2019

My favorite fantasy series

When I just want a fun get away, these books are my go-tos. And Gabra Zachman's narration is icing on the cake.

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  • Tonya Marie Brown
  • 29-08-2018

Surprising

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the Jinn has the same ideas about hiding things as Madam Hecuba. Only a few people are going to get that reference so it's not really a spoiler.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-08-2017

can not wait to download the next one!

lovely story telling of a delightful twist on clasic tales.
plenty of variety of tone and accent made it easy to know which character was speaking each time she switched

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-05-2017

Love the series, but not this one

So I have read books 1, 2, 4 and 5 and loved them, but this one, I don't know. I've tried a few times and had to stop. I've heard it gets more interesting in the second half and one day I might try it again. We'll see. If you like the 500 kingdoms, don't let this throw you off the series, but maybe give this one a pass.

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  • Heather Ansohn
  • 09-07-2016

Decent book, great series

This book was not as good as the first two, and at times I found myself zoning out and not bothering to rewind and see what I missed. There was nothing particularly uninteresting about it, but nothing especially gripping either. However, I love the series and the world so much that I fully intend to purchase the next one. Immediately, in fact!

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  • Roobarb
  • 17-03-2019

A tightly woven tale

I found this difficult to start, maybe that's my fault, but I persevered and enjoyed it more and more as I went on. I didn't know all the background stories but enough of them to recognise classic characters