Phoenix and Ashes by Mercedes Lackey
Elemental Masters: Book Three
Phoenix and Ashes is a wonderful retelling of Cinderella set in Ms. Lackey’s Elemental Masters universe during WWI. Eleanor Robinson takes the role of Cinderella, a young Fire Master trapped in her own home by a wicked-witch stepmother who forces her to slave as the lowest of servants for herself and her two conniving daughters. Reginald Fenyx is the charming young lord of the local manor, an Air Master, and a pilot invalided out of the war.
This is not a slavish retelling of the original fairy tale but there are enough points of connection to provide a reader conversant with the original a good deal of pleasure and anticipation and also to ensure that the story remains fresh. Major characters from the earlier novels reappear as minor characters in this one, providing delicate links between all the different stories. These appear be not so much instalments in a series as a set of linked stand-alone novels, many of them retellings of older stories.
Mercedes Lackey is a wonderful writer who, in this book, has shown her mastery of her own element, that of evoking the spirit of a story in the reader. It was a pleasure to read, and I am looking forward to diving into further books in this series.
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