Do you like books about Faerie? I don’t mean fairies – like the tooth fairy or the butterfly fairies from the Barbie movies–I mean the capricious fae that like to subjugate mortals. If so, you’ll probably enjoy this book.
As for me, I realize while reading this book why some books about Faerie make me uncomfortable. It’s all wrapped up in their theology…
Theology: Faeries or demons?
The book is well written, I liked the characters, especially the horse, and some of the faeries are good despite their nature. I read it quickly because it’s fast-paced with a great story including romantic elements and mystery.
But I got to the end of the story and found myself dissatisfied with the ending. It took me a while to pinpoint what was bothering me. The main problem was that the protagonist gets stripped of her white magic and is left as a beautiful but dark creature. If you’re like me, I associate white with good and black with bad, but that’s not always the case with Faerie. After thinking about it, I realized books about Faerie sometimes bother me because its not clear what is good and what is bad.
Faeries can’t outright lie, but they can lie by omission, by intentionally misleading, by trickery. The mythological Fae have little to no integrity, they’re only in it for themselves. You know to avoid them because even what seems like a good deal, is never as it seems. And the steal kids from the cradle to raise as their own–changelings. What mom could like creatures that do that?
There is no good or bad in Faerie. It’s all relative, defined by the individual (sounds very post-modern, doesn’t it?). They live in a supernatural realm from which mortals cannot return, where time works differently and the inhabitants are cruel but beautiful. Mortals are treated as inferior, as slaves.
No wonder the Faerie realm bothers me. It seems there are a lot of parallels between Faeries and demons.
I’m pretty sure the author didn’t set up her novel to have demonic theology. Stories about the Fey are popular. There’s always that “Devil went down to Georgia” mentality of attempting to outwit Satan that people enjoy.
On the bright side, there are a lot of Shakespeare references, so if you’re a Midsummer Night’s Dream fan, you’ll enjoy the book. The story within a story aspect of this book is quite clever.
So what about you? Have you read this book? What did you think? Do you have a problem with Faerie theology or am I just kerfluffed?
PG-13 for mild profanity and violence.
Can you escape who you are? How much of our heredity can we shed? Must we suffer the consequences of our parent’s actions? How do you define good and evil?