"Delightful Faery Stories Thru the Ages"
Treat yourself to an absolutely delightful collection of
stories from a bright new author who will make you laugh,
and cry with stories both funny and poignant. There's not
one story that won't give you a giggle or a sigh and I, for
one, loved each and every one.
Faery Much in Love (Summer 1199) --
Shaylah a faery is sent on a task by Queen Yana to help Sir
Darian find his true love, and with the help of Yana's
daughter Keely, ends up to be Shaylah herself!
*** Keely is introduced in the first story of this
collection of Faery special romances. Although she is
quite old in human years, she is an adolescent fairy and
her magic is somewhat haphazard. The romance between
Shaylah and Darian takes it's rightful course, in spite of
the pesky Keely.
Much Ado About Faeries (Faery Court, 1599 (in the human
Caedmon, the last of the Golden Clan warriors is commanded
to woo Gracie of the Red Clan, his betrothed to ensure an
heir and keep the powers of the Portal rather than cede
them to the queen. Caedmon and Gracie end up playing parts
of the changeling Will Shakespeare's play -- A Midsummer
*** Our two leads, Caedmon and Gracie were definitely at
odds, but Caedmon was determined not to let the Queen take
over his guardianship of 'his' portal. Watching them play
parts in Shakespeare's play was extremely innovative in
helping them to end up mating the way they should - in
spite of Keely's interference?
Faeries of the Caribbean -- London 1655
With the help of her Faery Godmother Keely, Myra who is
down and out and working in a tavern is whisked to a pirate
ship captained by Captain Devlin Angel... Would Myra's dreams
come true of marriage to a handsome, wealthy Viscount or to
a pirate of the sea?
For some reason, I never thought of faeries being anywhere
but in the isles of the United Kingdom. This was truly
original and a good take on a Cinderella type of scenario.
You'll love Myra, the down and out tavern maid, who had
managed to keep her innocence for her very own Prince
Charming to find her, even though he was just a Viscount.
Faery Thee Well (1750 in the Human Year, Catskill
Rhionne, Goddess of the Harvest is told by Queen Yana that
she is to bear the child of Lugh, God of the Sun -- only her
golden dream man Duncan Fletcher is a human. Will Rhionne
with the help of Keely convince him to mate and remain in
the faery world?
*** Let me see, the choices here are should Duncan remain
in the human world, to grow old and die, or should he make
the decision to mate up with a gorgeous faery woman for
eternity? Umm, now that may or may not be a hard decision
for some, but when Keely is around to interfere -- you can
bet anything can and would happen. This was definitely a
very sensually inspired story.
My Faery Lady (London, 1814) --
Posing as Lord Kemball, Gryffyn has created eye glass
lenses for three human lively, elderly ladies. On the day
they come to pick them up, he meets Miss Euphemia Edeson
(Effie). Gryffyn had never pursued any female faeries
before but something about this human Effie has taken hold
of his heart.
*** I'm not sure why but I truly loved this story, probably
because I could empathize with the human frailty of faulty
eyesight and because Gryffyn was such a warm hearted and
simply wonderfully characterized faery. Effie was also
very warm and her love for Gryffyn even though she was
betrothed to a Duke was extremely heartwarming.
A Faery Good Bet (The Human Year, 1850) --
When the human Zachary Dillon is brought to the faery
infirmary to be healed by Gwennyth the faery healer, she
had to use desperate measures to save him. In the process
she lost her heart and later her healing powers, and needed
Dillon to come back and be her mate for all time!
*** This was a very different story that also showed
originality and creativity. Gwennyth's healing abilities
had never been tested quite so severely as when Zachary was
brought to her more dead than alive. Naturally she fell in
love with him but had to release him back to the human
world to take care of his 'kids' and the author shows her
heartache in letting him go. In intertwining stories from
the first part of the book, the author enables the two to
get together as well as complete a condition that allowed a
couple in the earlier part of the book to complete a
promise. The little pixie Morketo is an absolute delight!
The Duchess and the Dirtwater Faery (Idaho Territory,
Kegan a faery himself who stayed in the human world to
avoid marriage to a shrew of a faery meets Grace, the
childless Dowager Duchess of Willoughton. Keely is sent
to negotiate -- marriage and a few thousand years to live
childless in the faery world, or a human lifetime with lots
of babies in the human world. Which realm would they
decide to live in?
Kegan is just wonderful in this amusing story. Isabelle
(the duchess) is totally inept in trying to adapt to life
on the frontier, not knowing how to light a fire, let alone
cook. When she discovers that Kegan is a faery man who
helps her to escape her pursuers, she really doesn't blink
an eye that he happens to have wings. The author puts the
two in some amusing and adventuresome predicaments and ends
this in a very satisfying way.
Faery Foxy Flapper, Upstate New York, 1926 --
Jazzie the faery flapper needed a job in order to live in
the human world. Also hanging about in the human world were
Quinn, the faery flyboy whom Jazzie had a crush on for 400
years and Blair, who according to Keely was Jazzie's true
soulmate. Could Keely be wrong? You'll have to read it to
*** This was amusing from the very first sentence to the
very end. I loved the idea of a 1920's flapper, along with
the author using the 20's cant in the dialogs. This was
another original and imaginative story with Keely sticking
her nose in where it sometimes didn't belong. Very amusing.
Faery Hot Date (Homedale, Idaho: 1968 Human Time) --
Dr. Sean Morgan practiced dentistry by day, and played the
tooth fairy for his region at night. When the very
luscious Candi Collins walked through his office door,
Sean's heart did a flip flop but could he turn human for
her or would Candi and her daughter Moriah live in the
faery world with him?
*** Now this was a perfectly delightful and precious
story. Who better to be a 'tooth fairy' than a dentist by
day, and faery by night. The interaction between Sean,
Candi and her daughter Moriah was perfectly paced and
heartwarmingly real (or as real as fantasies stories go) .
This was totally charming.
Faery Good Advice ( Auburn, Washington: Shortly after the
Frozen Time) --
Keely tries to make it in the human world running Virgin
Freedom Travel and having a hard time of it. When Tyler
Grant chose to book his honeymoon, Keely didn't have the
heart or the opportunity to tell him his fiancÚ was
pregnant and marrying the father of her baby. Tyler was
ecstatic when he found out, he didn't want to marry his
fiancÚ anyway because it was an arranged marriage.
Instead, he convinced Keely to accompany him on his
honeymoon.... Oh my!
*** Keely finally found the man of her dreams, and
surprise of surprises her dream man, Tyler has close ties
to one of the original stories (my lips are sealed!)
Believe me when I say, this entire volume has a delightful
collection of stories! This impressive author took the
concept of the young faery Keely and brought her through
the ages (Faeries live thousands of years, don't cha know!)
from pesky adolescent to adulthood. In each story she is
sometimes charming, sometimes bossy, but always amusing in
her antics and smart aleck dialogues. Each tale is
charming all on its own and you will learn a lot about
faery life from this wonderfully conceived and precious
collection of short stories that will entertain you from
the first to last page!
Reviewed by Marilyn Rondeau
Posted September 12, 2007