Category Archives: faerie

Outlined: Gossamer Axe by Gael Baudino

Gossamer Axe is a stand-alone novel by Gael Baudino. It’s a Tam Lin-like story about a young woman attempting to rescue her lover from the Sidh. This is complicated by the modern setting and the way the Sidh Realm is receding from the world. You can tell this book was written in the late 80s because the cover blurb very cleverly fails to mention that Our Heroine’s lover is a girl. Continue reading

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Book Review: Ironskin by Tina Connoly

Tor
302 pp.

According to the cover blurb, Ironskin is an inverted/reversed Beauty and the Beast tale. It also has echoes of Jane Eyre, though it is actually more Jane Eyre than Beauty and the Beast. Our heroine is a young woman named Jane who had been disfigured during a “Great War” fought against the fae. In order to keep others from being affected by the curse that comes with her disfigurement, she wears an iron mask.

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Book Review: Cold Days by Jim Butcher

ROC
515 pp.

In Cold Days, Harry slowly recovers from the events of Ghost Story. He’s helped along by Queen Mab, whose idea of physical therapy involves periodically attempting to kill him (and unintentionally quoting The Princess Bride). Also present is a young woman named Sarissa, who works for the Winter Court. Once he’s back on his feet, he’s given the task of killing an immortal, something he’s had previous experience doing, but this particular job comes with a number of fun complications. (Yes, things more complicated than attempting to kill an immortal.) Continue reading

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Book Review: Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire

DAW
353 pp.

In Ashes of Honor, Toby finds herself on another missing child case. This time around, it’s the teenaged, changeling daughter of Etienne, one of Toby’s fellow knights. (A daughter Etienne never knew about because her mother had hidden her.) When Chelsea disappears in full view of her friends, her mother contacted Etienne, believing he had kidnapped her. (Word to the wise; if you are a Sidhe, do not every date a professor of folklore. It never goes well.) Continue reading

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Book Review: Scholar, by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

TOR
508 pp.

The fourth book in The Imager Portfolio takes place hundreds of years before the events of Imager. Quaeryt is a young scholar who is the friend of the ruler of Telaryn, Bhayar. He is also an imager, a power that he has been concealing for years. Not liking the idea of being in the middle of a great deal of court intrigue and perhaps outstaying his welcome, Quaeryt manipulates his friend into sending him to Tilbor, a country that had been conquered by Bhayar’s father ten years previously. Continue reading

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Book Review: Home from the Sea by Mercedes Lackey

DAW
311 pp.

This Elemental Masters book does not seem to follow the usual fairytale format. Instead, this is one of those “faery bride/groom” stories. The story follows Mari, a young woman with a great deal of magical power who discovers the secret behind her family’s unusual luck. Meanwhile, two young women need something to do that they might actually be good at; they are dispatched to locate a new Water Master. Continue reading

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Web Comic Review: Metanoia by Chartreuse and Rah

According to Wikipedia, metanoia can be any of the following:

Metanoia(theology), repentance

Metanoia (rhetoric), correction, a rhetorical device

Metanoia(psychology), the process of experiencing a psychotic “break down”and subsequent, positive psychological re-building or “healing”

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