"A faery tale collection that is not to be missed"

I *love* shared world collections but usually find myself annoyed at having wasted my precious reading time wading through at least one clunker in the bunch. So, I approached this collection with a little hesitation, sure I'd find myself skimming at least one of the stories. I'm thrilled to report that all four stories were skillfully told and enjoyable and no skimming was necessary.

My favorite was Barbara Samuel's "The Love Talker" which featured a cursed male faery saved from his torment by the love of a mortal woman. Sigh, this story was so romantic that it was worth the cost of the entire book.

My least favorite was probably Jo Beverly's tale "The Lord OF Elphindale" only because the hero acted like an all-round jerk to the heroine (who was supposed to be his childhood best friend) for far too long. This is a story that could've benefited from 100 or so more pages to flesh out his actions and make the romance more believable. Still, this was a fitting addition to the collection and is nowhere near what I'd consider a "clunker".

If you enjoy romance and hold a soft spot in your heart for faeries this is a not-to-be-missed book.

Laurie Shallah / May, 2000
Copyright 2000

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 24, 2002


Set in glamorous Georgian and Regency England, these four stories are filled with myth and mystery, and illustrate the magical, sensual, and humorous events that can occur when the worlds of mortals and faeries collide.


Faery Magic
by Barbara Samuel, Jo Beverley, Mary Jo Putney, Karen Harbaugh

Kensington Publishing
January 1, 1998
ISBN #0821758179
EAN #9780821758175
352 pages
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