Published by Zebra Books
Released on January 29, 2008
Historical Romance blended with fantasy in the form of the fae sounded splendid. It didn\’t hurt that two of the four authors are already familiar and one is a long-time favorite.
Faery Magic has four standalone novellas that are loosely linked to each other so could be read out of order or pick and choose.
The Lord Of Elphindale by Jo Beverley 3 stars
The faery kingdom is displeased when it seems the humans are forgetting what they owe to the faery realm and mistreating their shared woodlands. Gwen is told by her faery father that she must get the newest Lord of Elphindale to marry her and help renew the connection to faery. She would gladly do it since Lord Andrew has been her childhood friend, but he resists and would rather anyone else.
So, two things. I wanted to kick Andrew in the britches for being a jerk to Gwen. I learned later that he had his reasons, but it didn\’t drum up any sympathy from me. I felt Andrew\’s character needed more pages to tease him out better. And, this is all on me, but I think this story suffered from my too high expectation. It was the one I picked up the book to get. I didn\’t hate the story, but wanted more.
The Faery Braid by Karen Harbaugh 3.5 stars
The fae are dying off, but a brilliant plan is hatched. Convert a human child to faery to be married off and have fae children. Rowan is that child and she is brought up in an isolated wood learning magic as she becomes a faery. Jonathan, a war-scarred soldier is found by her and she wants to heal him. As their relationship grows, it stymies her conversion to fae and that her faery parent can\’t allow.
It was a tender retelling of the Rapunzel tale that I found moderately engaging though it never pulled me in completely.
The Love Talker by Barbara Samuel 4 stars
Galen is the faery version of the rake. He loves them and leaves the human ladies pining after him. When one pines to her death, the faery queen has had enough and curses him to a half life until true love finds him. Doomed to a lonely phantom existence when he can\’t touch or feel, Galen has learned his lesson and then some, but his voice accidentally does it again and the woman\’s cousin, Moira comes to the woods to find a way to save her cousin from pining to death over a fae. Moira is the first person to truly see him and not just as the Love Talker.
I love the darker faery stories where faeries are dangerous to humans and toss in a curse for good measure and I couldn\’t be more pleased. I was captivated by this one.
Dangerous Gifts by Mary Jo Putney 3.5 stars
Ranulph the faery gets obsessed by human Leah so he thinks to entrap her by offering her a gift. Leah takes the gift- beauty and irresistible to men- and heads to London. Ranulph follows, but is himself shadowed by a faery, Kamana (sp), interested in his affairs. Naturally, Leah finds a human man she loves and mayhem ensues from faery interference.
I kept thinking of Shakespeare\’s Midsummer Night\’s Dream when I read this one though it was not the same story. Just the feeling, I guess. It was fun.
So, this anthology did what most anthologies do. It gave me a variety of writing styles and story set ups to enjoy- some more than others, of course. I loved discovering a new to me author gem and I had a good time visiting their blend of faery and historical romance. Those who want a set of quick and light, slightly spice historicals and don\’t mind a strong fantasy flavor should try this antho out.
Mt. TBR #47
Historical Fiction #52
Reading Assignment Summer #3 Prof Ann Thology
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