In fantasy, myth and fairytale, mighty forces of good and evil do battle while sweet young things quietly await their fate the happily-ever-after prince. Not so. In Mercedes Lackey's wry and scintillating take on the Cinderella story, The Fairy Godmother the beginning of a new fantasy line from Harlequin romance is a vital part of the making of a godmother worthy of her rank. Elena Klovis, the once-put-upon heroine, accepts an offer to become an apprentice to Madame Bella, the local fairy godmother. She enters a new realm of fairy folk, elves and brownies and drinks dragon's blood to understand animals' speech, taking in her own hands the power to fight evil and help others. Elena's determination to control her fate faces yet another test when she confronts tradition to marry Alexander. Lackey's tale resonates with charm as magical as the fairy-tale realm she portrays. Sandy Huseby writes and reviews from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside in northern Minnesota.