Whew what a month so far! Between three birthdays, my mom visiting, and beginning on a room change up for the little one it has been busy busy. Oh, and I can’t forget the 40 times I watched Avengers: Age of Ultron. Yup. Good thing I like Marvel (lol). Anyways, through all of that I somehow managed to read. Amazing!
So….have I mentioned before that I like fey books? This one I picked up from a fellow Wrimo. In our NaNo writing group, we have a self-promo Friday, and quite a few of the authors run deals during these promos. It is a lovely little community actually. So I saw this book, was interested in the premise, bought it, and was entered into a drawing to win the second one. And I did win it. So I’m pretty excited about that and you can bet I will have that review up once I read it.
But first, Foul is Fair.
“So first you think you’re hallucinating, now you’re debating the physics of pixies?”
This is the first book in the Fair Folk Chronicles by Jeffrey Cook and Katherine Perkins. Half of the story takes place in Seattle, Washington while the other half takes place in -you guessed it- the fey world. High school student Megan O’Reilly makes her way through the daily grind by taking an assortment of pills to keep her ADHD under control and her mind focused on her grades in school. Slowly though, one of her pills starts to taste a little different and she realizes that someone switched it out with Vitamin C. The way she realizes this is through a conversation with a pixie named Aishling. Aishling is quite a talker by the way. Through the pixie and her best friend who is a menehune named Lani, Megan comes to find that her absent father is really the Unseelie King who is in need of help. Namely, he has been trapped in ice and in a short time the fey courts will hold their Dance to symbolize the changing of the seasons. Without him there things can fall into…disarray. Lani takes Megan to Cassia, a satyr, and together they travel into the fey world where they are put on a quest for the sword, Claiomh Solais that is in the lost city An Teach Deiridh by the Seelie Queen. They are also supposed to find her other agent and bring him back while they are at it. Which they do, of course (His name is Justin and the poor guy is from 1389 Ludlow.)
And as you would expect from anything that deals with the fey courts, there are twists and turns that could spell out a cataclysmic event for the mortal world.
This book has everything you expect of a good fey fantasy; interesting characters, faery deals, twists and turns, great quotes, good laughs, and of course all the political undertones and subterfuges that just go hand-in-hand with the Courts. Along the way, Megan of course comes to find out more about herself and her own abilities from being the daughter of the Unseelie King.
One of the things that I particularly enjoyed about this book is that it would have made a great stand-alone. Everything was tied up nicely by the end of the book, and the ending itself is one of those endings where, if there wasn’t a sequel, you wouldn’t be pissed to no end about. It works for both, but I can’t say I’m not disappointed in sitting down and continuing on in the series. I’m rather intrigued to see how well Justin fairs in modern-day Seattle (lol).
Foul is Fair is definitely a book I would recommend checking out.