"Wonderful mix of the fae and humans!"
Our first story in this book, TIRNANOGUE by Amanda
McIntyre, takes place in Wales. Our story starts in the
year 1945 with two boys playing hokey from school, Roan
and William. They're enjoying the afternoon sitting by the
pond on the farm belonging to William's parents. These two
boys are very different; Roan believes all the old tales
his grandfather told him of the fairies, while William
doesn't. When they realize how late it's become, they know
they need to get back to class so they don't get caught.
On their way, Roan realizes he forgot his father's watch
and races back to get it. If he doesn't have it, his
mother will not be happy. While on his way back, he
doesn't pay attention to where he's going and ends up
running right off a cliff. The next thing he knows, Roan
has stopped falling and looking him in the eye is a fairy,
and not just any fairy, but a beautiful Sighoge, a young,
beautiful female fairy. In return for saving his life, she
takes his father's watch.
Our story jumps forward to the time Roan and William
now young men. Once again, they're on William's farm by
the pond, this time, enjoying a picnic with two young
ladies. When one of them comes on rather strongly to Roan,
he decides to go for a swim. Once again, he ends up in
trouble and his Sighoge comes to his rescue. When she sees
how handsome he has become, she offers herself to him, but
Roan, knowing she become mortal if he takes her up on her
After kissing the Sighoge Roan finds he has fallen in
with her. Will the two of them ever have the chance to be
together? Will Roan have a happy life? What of the old
stories? Will they die? Can Roan take the Sighoge up on
her offer and cause her to lose her immortality?
Our second story, SOMETHING FAERY SPECIAL by C.S.
Chatterly takes place in our day and age. Our heroine,
Falon Fitzpatrick, is all alone in the world now that her
grandfather has died. Since he was never able to take the
trip back home to Ireland, Falon has done so in his
memory. Of course, if she knew this was going to happen,
she could have stayed in New York. With her rental car
broken down, Falon is now protecting herself from three
men determined to take not only her money, but her body as
well. Just when Falon begins to realize she won't be able
to stop them, a man comes to her rescue on a motorcycle. A
big man, and handsome to boot.
Rory once again has to run off the Flynn brothers. He
knows they'll steal the woman's money and rape her. Then
he gets a good look at the damsel in distress, and knows
he has to play the game with her. As leader of their troop
of faeries, Rory lures human women into his bower where he
has sex with them in his natural form. The next morning,
the women leave and eventually forget all about him. So
Rory takes Falon to an inn for the night, where she comes
on to him. He also decides to play tour guide for her and
they spend a lot of time together.
Will Rory play the game with Falon? Will he be able to
her go when the time comes? Will Falon be able to maintain
the "vacation fling" with Rory, even though she has come
to care for him? Will she remember him?
IT'S MAGIC is a wonderful story of love. Authors C.S.
Chatterly and Amanda McIntyre have done a wonderful job of
portraying love between humans and the fae. Both of these
stories contain sacrifices on the parts of both humans and
the fae. But most importantly, they deal with faith—faith
in things most people no longer believe in. The humans in
this story never lose their belief in things beyond this
world. And the last story is just an added bonus, one
which I very much enjoyed reading! The locations in these
stories are very well described, the emotions brought out
by the characters are realistically portrayed. I was
pulled into these stories from the very beginning and
didn't want them to end. If you love stories of the fae,
you don't want to miss these!
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 11, 2006