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Favorite Five Books Featuring the Fae
Oooh, the fae, one of my favorite topics, probably only second to vampires. 🙂
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Oh, how I do love the cruel fae. I actually didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did because, let’s face it, the main relationship is pretty problematic. And yet, here we are. I loved the sequel too and I can’t wait for the next one.
Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
Okay, speaking of problematic relationships….maybe I have a thing for jerks? What is wrong with me? Ahem. Anyway, I went into this series expecting it to be a lot more romance-y than it actually was…up until late book four and book five it’s pretty much straight up urban fantasy. FAE-POCALYPSE!! Anywho, this series was addicting and I read the first five books in four days. I still need to read the rest of them, maybe one day.
Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner
This book is so beautiful and sad. The prose is amazing. It’s fully deserving of its accolades. This is a retelling of an old tale / ballad and it’s done in such a loving way. The fae in this are the fae we’ve come to know as otherworldly creatures, not human in any way of being or thought and often tricking mortals into their world and using them cruelly. If you’re looking for a bittersweet tale, this may be the story you’re looking for.
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
I’ve read quite a bit of urban fantasy over the years and they often feature the fae (or a fae equivalent) at some point. By far one of my favorite depictions of the fae (along with Dresden but I talk about Dresden all the time) in UF is in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series. I mean, Mercy’s ex-boss is a gremlin, it doesn’t really get much better than that.
The Falconer by Elizabeth May
I love this series so much. It’s a fast paced ride and each book amps things up and I can honestly say this series took many dark turns that surprised me. Honestly this series went places that I never would have guessed and I’m glad the author didn’t shy away from things because the books are better for it. Also, there’s some forbidden romance type stuff and I’m a sucker for that.
Those are my picks this week! There are probably a ton of other books I could have included here, maybe I’ll have to do a part II for this topic one day. 🙂 Thoughts on my list? What are some of your favorites? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to see your thoughts!
25 thoughts on “Friday Favorite Five: Books Featuring the Fae”
I adored The Falconer, but never read the rest of the series, not sure why!
It got dark, but I really loved it. 🙂
I’m really interested in the falconer!
I enjoyed the entire series. Hope.you like it if you get the chance to check it out!
I loved the Cruel Prince!! And the Falconer has been on my TBR forever haha. 🙂 Happy Friday!
Happy Friday! Hope you enjoy The Falconer if you get to it!
I loved The Falconer series, too:)). Yes, it got a whole lot darker, but I just loved that driven, violent protagonist…
Yes, exactly! I love that it didn’t shy away from stuff.
Amazon is constantly suggesting I read The Falconer….maybe it’s onto something!
Ooh I’ve wanted to read The Cruel Prince for ages and now I want to even more seeing it mentioned here. I haven’t read any of these actually, but feel like that will shortly be rectified. Great post!
I hope you enjoy it! I loved it and had to go right out and buy book 2 lol. 🙂
I clicked on this post specifically hoping to see Dreamfever on here. One of my favorite books of all time.
That series is so addictive, love it!
Oh I actually enjoyed the Fever series a lot, even with all the hot and heavy romance! The spin off series kind of fell apart though though. Ice was great, but the rest, I don’t think Moning really knew what the hell she was doing!
Yeah, that’s one of the reasons I’ve been wary about continuing it tbh lol
The only one in this list that I have read is The Cruel Prince and I ended up really liking that one. I haven’t read The Wicked King yet but I really want to.
I loved The Wicked King even more than the first one. Can’t wait for the next book!
I hope I get to it sooner rather than later.
Hope you love it when you do!
Thank you I’m sure I will.
I loved The Falconer. I havent read the rest of them yet because I kept waiting for audiobooks for them … the first one was fantastic
Yeah, I wound up breaking down and getting the other two out from my library as ebooks. As much as I love the audio, the print books were pretty quick reads!
I loved the Falconer series too – and I knew that Holly Black would be on here. Did you read her earlier fae – Tithe, etc? And did you ever read Firebrand by Gillian Philip?
No, but I definitely want to read Holly Black’s other fae stuff now. I haven’t read Firebrand either, will have to check it out.