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Faeries, Elves, and Goblins- A Book Review

Faeries, Elves, and Goblins, The Old Stories
By Rosalind Kerven
Pub Date: Available for Pre-order now.

I was overjoyed to find this book, because recently I’ve been wanting to read a lot about faeries from the old stories. I’d found a few folklore publications in academic journals that were out of copyright due to age, but the language was so dated that it was hard to enjoy the stories. This book is well researched; I recognized a few of the stories and they stayed very true to the originals, but the language was updated and it made them all so very much more pleasurable to read.

The stories themselves are all enjoyable, and fairly short, and make very good reading, either for a short break, out in the garden, or to be read aloud to children. There are stories of helpful faeries, trickster fairies, faerie weddings, and faerie time travel. The subject of faerie abduction is covered in a few stories, where children are taken and changelings left in their place. Interspersed with the stories are bits of faerie lore, and short discussions of regional fables and legends and how these creatures differ place to place.

The stories of Old England are quite enthralling. Faerie queens and Medieval kings dance across the landscape of fae lore. The illustrations only add to the charm of the book- the stories are painted vivid and rich on their own. Some of the stories are a bit horrifying, but never told in an ungentle way, they would be appropriate for most children, but adults will enjoy them as well. The vocabulary is modern and appropriate for all age groups, though younger children will have plenty of new words to learn from.

A true treasure of fae lore, I think it has a place on the shelf of anyone that loves the stories and legends of the little people. I know I do. I had a ball reading this book. I enjoyed knowing that these are the stories that carried the faerie lore through centuries into the present time. It was really fun.

I was originally given a publication date of August 28th, 2013, on this book. If I learn more about when it’s going to be released, I’ll update this post. For now, it’s available for pre-order in both hard copy and on Kindle.
Disclosure: I received a time limited e-copy of this book. This post does contain an affiliate link, however, Amazon has helped me arrange my account so that my payout can never be reached. I like the affiliate tools for the convenience only, it is never my intention to profit from my reviews of any item.

5 out of 5 stars

Fae Book 1 By C.J. Abedi (Book Review)

As many of my closest friends know, I’ve been infatuated with all things fairy this year. I’ve been building a little fairy garden, with fairy lights, a fairy door, and little fairy statues. I suppose it was only natural then that I’d jump at the chance to review books that feature them. Here’s the first of them:

Fae Book 1
“FAE, Book 1” will be released at the end of this month as an affordable eBook for $4.99. It’s a nice, pleasurable, long romp that took me several sittings to finish, and when I was done, I was ready for book 2. I hope that ‘Book 2′ is not long in coming. The book is complete in itself though, though it ends with a bit the resolution feeling not quite as resolved as it should have been.

It’s a book of fairy lore intermingled with myths and history to form an alternative history, and alternative mythology. For instance, Odin and Brigid feature as important characters that are intertwined with the Tuatha Dé Danann.

The two main characters are highly likable. It is written from alternative points of view from these two, and, while that is not typical in young adult books, it flows very well and helps give the characters depth and the reader a lot of extra insight. Caroline Ellis’ is our heroine, and on her sixteenth birthday her entire life is starting to change. She’s a descendant of Virginia Dare, of the lost colony of Roanoke. And yes, in the story we find that the colony wasn’t as much lost, as it was found by the Fae.

Devilyn is our handsome fairy hero, or is he? Fated to be the King of the Dark Fae, he has internal battles that rage between wanting to love Caroline, and being terrified to do so. He’s been raised by Odin, who has done his best to bring out the good side and love in him, but his heritage is dark, and he always has seductive, powerful magic at his disposal. He tries so hard not to use it, just as he tries so hard not to give in to the fated feelings he has for Caroline. The poor guy just can’t help himself.

The most physical our two young characters get is an embrace and a kiss, but the tension and romance are full force. The book is highly appropriate for young teens, especially young girls that enjoy romantic stories. The language is delightful and ‘clean.’ That said, I also believe that adults that have enjoyed books such as Twilight or The Faelin Chronicles might enjoy it as well. I certainly did.

I hope to see this book in print as well, as I think a lot of the young adult market it is targeted at might not have e-readers.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher to read with no obligation to review it positively.

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