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Reviewer-Penny Ash
Original Review Site - Rites of Romance Reviews
Review reproduced with permission of reviewer

Move over Tinkerbell, these Faeries mean business.  Not your airy sweetness and light Faeries, these denizens of the Fae world have attitude.  At last a book that gives the real Fairy their moment in the spotlight.  Featuring the works of Monica Richards, Adam P. Knave, Lee C. Hillman, Den C. Wilson, Brian Koscienski, Chris Pisano, Jeff Lyman, Kieth R.A. DeCandido, Donald W. Schank. Jesse Harris, Lorne Dixon. L. Jagi Lamplighter, James Chambers, Vincent Collins, Elaine Corvidae, R. Allen Leider, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, John Sunseri, Patrick Thomas, and C.J. Henderson this anthology covers the darker, wilder side of the Fae world.

Divided into well-organized topic sections, the stories take the reader on a journey through the otherworld that is far closer to the real Faerie world than the usual run-of- the-mill stories out there. 

This reviewer has been studying Fairy Lore for over 30 years and I have one thing to say.  These are the Faeries our ancestors would have recognized, even the ones from the cyber-world.  From Faeries intent on fighting each other to the Faeries intent on recovering a stolen artifact to the Faeries of the old West none of these stories disappoints, except in the case of a few that I would like to have seen be a little longer.   There are Nineteen unique visions of the Fae world yet they are all consistent with the reality of the inhabitants of the Otherworld.  Well crafted stories that are consistent within the major themes of Warrior Faeries, Outlaw Faeries, Wild Faeries, Street Faeries, and Faerie Noir and each theme is consistent with the concept of Bad Ass Faeries.  I look forward hopefully to a volume two and will be searching out other works by the authors.   

With varied plots each story gives the reader a vision of Faeries that will have them thinking twice the next time they canít find their keys or a few socks go missing in the laundry.  I highly recommend putting out a saucer of milk for the Little People and curling up with a copy of this book.  And donít worry about that shadow that just flitted by, the Fair Folk donít mean you any harm...  Maybe.

Favorite story:  Hollow Dreams by Elaine Corvidae (yes, I have a crush on Pook.)

The best line in the book: ďI hope so.  Iíve been without for almost a week nowóIím getting the milk shakes.Ē

Best story title: Ballad of the Seven Up Sprite by Brian Koscienski and Chris Pisano

This book is a Penny Ash keeper-shelf choice.

Warning: If youíre looking for cute sweet Faeries that flutter around dropping rainbows all over the place Tinkerbell is still hanging out at Disneyland.  These Faeries are too busy tuning up their Harleys and plotting the demise of the neighbors.

Ratingó5 LYRES, Recommended Read!


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