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20 January 2009


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I don't know if this counts since the book isn't out yet... but perhaps add Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simmer to your list? When I read the blurb for it, I thought it sounded really cool, and I'm really looking forward to it! :) As for why I think you should read it? Because it's her first YA book, and it's always good to support new books when they come out. ;) Plus, read this blurb!

"The war between humanity and Faerie devastated both sides. Or so 15-year-old Liza has been told. Nothing has been seen or heard from Faerie since, and Liza’s world bears the scars of its encounter with magic. Trees move with sinister intention, and the town Liza calls home is surrounded by a forest that threatens to harm all those who wander into it. Then Liza discovers she has the Faerie ability to see—into the past, into the future—and she has no choice but to flee her town. Liza’s quest will take her into Faerie and back again, and what she finds along the way may be the key to healing both worlds."

Doesn't it sound cool?


I'd like to put in a tip of the hat for two older books about faeries- Hope Mirrlees' Lud in the Mist and Lord Dunsany's The King of Elfland's Daughter. Both were written in the 1920's, both concern the joys and griefs that result when the human and faery worlds meet, and both are incredibly beautiful and poetic. They may not be action-packed or fast-paced, but they're worth the time it takes to read them slowly and appreciate the subtlety of a tale well told.

Hope Tithe

Id like to reccomend "Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception" by Maggie Stiefvater.
Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen's sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren't so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn't exactly what she had in mind . . .

Lament is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey.

The book is amazing, very detailed and intense. Once I picked it up I literally could not put it down. From begining to end you are in the story with everyone, becoming one of the characters, you walk away from the book expecting to see the characters at your side.
The best thing is that theres a sequel coming.


Blue Girl by Charles de Lint- Because it's incredible. And surprisingly relatable, which still being completely imaginative.


*while still. Oops.


The most coolest fairy book I've read is Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson, which wasn't so much a fairy book but it HAD a fairy in it. Basically, the beginning of Peter Pan!


O. R. Melling's The Golden Book of Faerie. Because we don't often get to read about non-American characters interacting with the fey.

Kate Larking

Valiant by Holly Black. I really enjoyed that one. I love the complex relationships it had.

Tiffany Jones

There us the Merry Gentry series by Anita Blake

Amanda Taylor

A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shakespeare. HAnds down. Sure its not mosern or anythign but its still pretty funny and the fairy's are up to major tricks in it. I absolutely love Puck and if you don't like it you can do what Puck tells you to in the end and pretend it was all a midsummer night's dream. ;)

Amanda Taylor

It's not modern. Sorry, my typing was horrible up there. *my bad*


I perused the comments and it seems no one has suggested Jack of Kinrowan by Charles de Lint. Jack of Kinrowan is a collection containing Jack the Giant Slayer and the follow-up, Drink Down the Moon.

It not only has fairies but bogans, giants, the Wild Hunt and a Volkswagen. De Lint is another one of the really formulative authors who helped shape what has since become the urban fantasy genre. This book comes highly recommended by Holly Black and Neil Gaiman, and me, of course. :D I think people who enjoy Melissa Marr and Holly Black would definitely enjoy these books and Charles de Lint, in general.

Alana Abbott

I'm so delighted that someone's already said Perilous Gard, I'm not even disappointed that I can't mention it. :) Two of my other favorites aren't on this list, but I'll only mention one for now: The Moorchild by McGraw. This is my favorite tale of a changeling--and the characters are both very fey and very human. The main character is stuck between the two worlds, and her relationship with the mortals who surround her but don't quite accept her oddness is wonderfully portrayed.

I'll try to check back after the contest to see if the other one shows up in the comments.

Lindsey@A Kindred Spirit's Thoughts

Chronicles of Faerie by O. R. Melling and The Hollow Kingdom trilogy by Clare B Dunkle - love them both!

Alana Abbott

Ack! I didn't read thoroughly enough in the comments! The Moorchild was mentioned a couple of pages ago.

I'm astonished that no one has mentioned Tiffany Trent's "Hallowmere" series, which started (I believe) with In the Serpent's Coils. It's an excellent Civil War era series that mixes fairies and strong young women who have to save the world. :)


I can't believe how long it took for someone to suggest WICKED LOVELY and INK EXCHANGE! But since I can't name those (or any of the other awesome Faery books on my list) ... I think you should make sure that you have WINGS by Aprilynne Pike on your list ... although it doesn't come out until May ... but maybe you'll be lucky to get an ARC of it since you already have an ARC of FRAGILE ETERNITY? I hope hope hope that I can win the other copy!!! WICKED LOVELY was the first "faery" story I read and it completely floored me!


Oh, forgot the "why I should read it" part of the entry ...

I think you should read WINGS by Aprilynne Pike because she has a great "voice" in her writing that's really fun to read.


I was rechecking my book collection and unearthed Elsewhere by Will Shetterly and Now You See It by Vivian Vande Velde. Both are really good reads that mix the faerie world with the real one, although if you are feeling like a little kid again I would read Now You See It, Elsewhere is more of a teen/adult read.


Chronicles of Faerie - "The Hunters Moon/The Summer King" by O.R Melling. not only are they wonderfully written books rich with Irish Folklore, but they're quick, interesting, attention holding reads. first one is girl and her bestfriend/cousin go travelling around Ireland in search of faeries and one gets chosen to be the sacrifice for the hunters moon, and her cousin must save her. second is girl travels to ireland in honor of her twin sisters death a year before and must rescue the Summer King, in hopes of returning her sister to life. very lovely stories, with 3rd book "The Light Bearers Daughter" and "The Book of Dreams" that follow. :D


im so happy to see that people have read LAMENT by Maggie Stiefvater! she's so wonderful :D


I am already a lucky winner of a recent Bookshelves of Doom contest so I won’t try to qualify for this one. However I have a recommendation for all of you: anyone interested in fairies might like to listen to this (about 45 minutes).

It's one of my favourites, and I hope any of you who may listen to it like it, too.


The Doubled Edge series by Mercedes Lackey and Roberta Gellis. It's the story of Queen Elizabeth and her rise to power (though, technically, the first book details the life of her bastard half-brother, Henry). Unbeknownst to most of the people of England, faeries do exist, and they're keeping a close eye on the country. A prophecy has arisen in both the Seelie and Unseelie Courts: the possibility that a young woman with brilliant red hair would one day ride to power, her reign bringing life and power to the Seelie and hunger and misery to the Seelie. The two Courts resort to subterfuge and intrigue to place or keep the red-haired Elizabeth off the throne. Humor, romance, excitement--in all, and excellent read.


And one for the modern age: The Novels of the Promethean Age Series, by Elizabeth Bear. The human mages of the Promethean Club and the faeries of the Daoine Sidhe wrangle in an ages-old war, while captive humans capture other mortals for the Queen's pleasure or the faeries' survival. Fast-paced, exciting, and lots of fun.


Tithe by Holly Black. The second in the series is Ironside. Awesome reads!


Hi. There is a long list of fantastic works here. But, one of my personal favorites wasn't listed. It's by an author named Alison Baird and is titled THE HIDDEN WORLD. Baird has become more popular as of late, but she still hasn't reached the popularity she should have, probably due to her nationality, Canadian, as am I. Her story has a haunting lilt to it, and deals with a girl who moves to the eastern coast of Canada and ends up crossing over into the world of faery. It is an excellent read, highly recommended. Her characters are vibrant, her plot is complex and by the end of the story you are left gasping for more.


Thanks for running this contest too :) An ARC would be FANTASTIC

Michaela Scott

Valiant by Holly Black is really good. It's kind of teen angst meets modern Fey. The characters have depth, the plot is awesome, there is some romance but not enough to induce vomit, there is fighting, and the faeries are kick ass. There is enough modern world for this book not to be over-the-top fantasy, which I like.


Faeire Path series by Frewin Jones.It is a sort of retelling of A Midsummer Knights Dream. The book is set in modern day London but there is time travel, romance, and lots of intrigue. Quite a fun series and it's not done yet!


I was going to recommend How to Ditch Your Fairy! We just got it in the junior high library in which I work, and it's so cute! Hm, okay my next recommendation is The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint. It's got super scary fairies in it.


I thought I had posted this already but I don't seem to see it so I am going to post again. Impossible by Nancy Werlin. This a modern interpretation of the folk song Scarborough Fair. This is one of my if not my favorite books of 2008. I always love Nancy Werlin but this is even better than her usual books. It is about a girl who is under a curse placed on her family by the evil Elfin Knight. In order to break the curse she has to perform 3 impossible tasks before her daughter is born. This book is great because it has the added bonus of a relationship with a really great guy in contrast to the coniving faerie ; a bit like Melissa Marr's books.


Bedeviled by Maureen Child - Fab female character with attitude, incredibly hot Fae Warrior training her for a battle to take over Otherworld and overthrow current Queen*** It's sequel isn't out yet (Beguiled) and it really leaves you wanting more.
Sweet idea for a contest - Using it to put my TBR list together now too.

camille c. h.

even though it's the second in the series and the faeries are only side characters I LOVE City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
thanx for the contest!!!!


I'm a huge fan of Laurell K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry series. All the books revolve around Merry who's a fae princess. They are adult books, but definitely my favorite fae-related stories.


Magic Street by Orson Scott Card. I have not read it but my mom has and she says she would recommend it.
"The residents of Baldwin Hills, a middle-class African-American L.A. neighborhood, get caught up in a battle between the king and the queen of the fairies in this wonderful urban fantasy from Card" Publishers Weekly.

And though it does not have any faeries in it but it has to do with a fairy tale. I highly recommend Card's book Enchantment. Enchantment is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty.


Black pearls : a faerie strand by Louise Hawes. This is a book that retells classic fairy stories.These stories are told form alternate points fo vieew and can be quite dark. It is an interesting read b/c it makes you feel unexpected compassion for characters you had previously despised. It is most defitely not your old bedtime stories b/c there is not always a "happily ever after".


Aurelie : a faerie tale Heather Tomlinson. Greatly saddened at the lose of her two closest friends, Princess Aurelie finds comfort in the wondrous music of the faeries. However, the duties at court call her, as do the needs of her friends. In this story Princess Aurelie has to try and prevent a war but at the saem time she has to mend the broken friendships with her friends. It has a sense to it that reminds me a great deal of the Twelve Dancing Princesses but with dragons and other oddities.


The Hunter's Moon by O.R Melling. In fact, any of the Chronicles of Faerie by that author would be great, but I love the Hunter's Moon the best. I read it when I was 14 and it's what introduced me into the world of faeries. It's more contemporary fantasy so it doesn't have that nitty-gritty urban feel, yet it doesn't really matter. These faeries are intricrately tied to Ireland itself, and in this particularly book you get a real powerful sense of the magic of the land, embedded in the very terrain itself (which makes sense, since the author herself is actually Irish). Even though it's contemporary fantasy the book really maintains this sense of *dangerous* whimsy with its (sexy) faeries. There's definitely strong romantic elements that made me melt, but there were also some kick ass adventure 'gotta save the world' elements that tapped into my geekier side. Also, Melling is a Canadian author (Irish Canadian) and I'm always about spreading the Canuck love <3


I haven't read all too many fairy books, but my favorite so far was Valiant, by Holly Black.

All the different recommendations are cool to see, I'll have to check some of those out after the semester is over!!


Oh, a few more - Eragon (i liked it, but not nuts about the next two), the Mists of Avalon, and the Lord of the Rings books!


Tattoo by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. It has a storyline that keeps you guessing and an interesting plot twist. It's a great mix of a high school story and fantasy story. It also has characters that are easy to identify with and a neat play on fairy/sidhe lore.

grace d.

i don't know if it counts, but sunshine by robin mckinley has a lot of magic in it, there might be faeries, but i know for sure that there are trolls, vampires, and wizards. i don't really mind if i get the book, but i thought you might want to read this book. it was great, i've read it 10 times.


Well, If you are looking for more of an adult ( and I mean adult) series I would suggest The Changleling Series by Elaine Cunningham. More YA books would be like The Faerie Reel by Ellen Datlow, Elsewhere by Will Shetterly and Bonemender by Holly Bennett. All excellent and all about fairies!


I can't believe I didn't mention Margaret Mahy's books - The Door in the Hedge has fairies, but others are magical-ish and are great: The Blood and Thunder Adventure on Hurricane Peak and the Changeover. If you haven't read Mahy, you should!

daughter of the moon

I suggest "The Faerie Path" by Frewin Jones. It's about a 16-year-old girl, Anita, who discovers that she is the seventh daughter of Oberon, king of all faeries, and his wife
Titania. And the more she learns about Faerie, the more she is attracted to Edric, the man who pretended loving her to bring her to her fathers kingdom...


I recommend "Silmarillion". Of course it' s a little old, but it's written by the father of fantasy, J.R.R. Tolkien. The faeries in this book seem like real persons. And the chapter "Beren and Luthien" is absolutely wonderful and romantic. I hope that helped

Kayleigh Todd

Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner, it isn't out yet, but I read the description and it looks really interesting.


How about Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier. I read that in one night. It was fantastic, and it had vampires in it even though they never come out and say it.
Or Faerie Tale by Raymond Feist, that's an adult novel, though.
There's also The Ruby Key by Holly Lisle, Impossible by Nancy Werlin, and The Faeire Path by Frewin Jones. Acttually, I could go on forever, but I should give people a chance to comment.


The Meredith Gentry series by Laurell K Hamilton. Meredith Gentry is the faerie princess of the Unseelie court, but she's hiding in LA since her aunt is out to kill her. There are 7 books in the series now. It's pretty good.


Definately The Summer King by O R Melling. It is by a Irish-Canadian author (yay. The heroine Laurel has traveled to Ireland to stay with her grandparenst for he summer as she always does. The problem is it is the first anniversary of her twin sister's death. Laurel is visited by a strange man who calls himself a clurican who tells her Honor's death was not as it seemed. honor was on a mission to find the Summer King and now that she is dead Laurel must take up her sister's quest and travel through faerie and through time to find the mysterious king. It is a really great book.It is part of the Chronicles of Faerie. The other three books The Hunter's Moon, The Light Bearer's Daughter and The Book of Dreams are all great too.


The New Policeman by Nancy Farmer is an excellent book. The ending really caught me by surprise, which is great because it seems like even some of the best books are predictable. She also wrote The Sea of Trolls and House of The Scorpian, which are both really good even if they aren't about faeries.


Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception by Maggie Stiefvater will absolutely wow you! It has freckle-freaked faeries and faery tunes galore. AND...the enigmatic Luke Dillon has more swooning weapons in his arsenal than Edward Cullen. Did I mention it's funny? Humor, after all, is more of a necessity than deodorant. So there ya go. Maybe I'm too late, but I had to spill.


Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston. For her first novel this is really good. Its has a lot of romance and suspence of not knowing how the situation turns out. Read it like 10x and the character Sonny sounds really hot! Well, most of the faries and gaurds sound hott........


The New Policeman by Kate Thompson or Blackbringer by Laini Taylor

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