Tough Traveling: Fae
The Thursday feature “Tough Traveling” is the brainchild of Nathan of Review Barn, who has come up with the excellent idea of making a new list each week based on the most common tropes in fantasy, as seen in The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynn Jones. Nathan has invited anyone who is interested to come play along, so be sure to check out the first link for more information.
This week’s tour topic is: Fae
Surprisingly not in the Tough Guide. How can this be? Fairies are a constant in the fantasy world and it is time they get their own week. Give us your Fae, be they sweet or nasty.
We’re all over the board today with the Fae, and I’m kicking ass and taking names! (Okay, mostly I have my Goodreads tagged “Fae” shelf to thank for that.)
Mac was sitting by the poolside when she got the news that her sister has been murdered. Before she died, she left a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone. Mac travels to Ireland to find answers and discovers she possesses a gift that allows her to see beyond the our world into the Fae realm, and learns that an alpha sex Fae may have something to do with her sister’s death. You heard me. Alpha sex Fae.
If you ever find your computer or networks bogged down by gremlins, sprites, or any form of pesky fairies, John Golden’s your guy. In this world, the fae live in the “Wildernet”, and its denizens wreck havoc on our servers and systems by infesting them with their nasty “burrows”. As a debugger, it’s John’s job to get them out.
New Orleans is the perfect haven for paranormal beings like the Fae, of which there are dozens of different varieties, all categorized by their type of power. Augustine loves partying it up in the city, where the human women find his Fae heritage (as well as his horns) irresistible.
Peter Grant travels into the English countryside to investigate the disappearance of two young girls and finds himself tangling with Faeries, invisible carnivorous unicorns, and skeptical locals. What more can you ask for?
Peace at Sevenwaters is shattered when Sorcha’s widower father is seduced into marriage by an evil enchantress. The witch curses them all, turning Sorcha’s brothers into swans and banishing Sorcha into the forest. it’s up to Sorcha to lift the spell, but first she has to complete a long and difficult quest for the Fae.
The fae reside in the Nevernever and in our world. They are grouped into the Winter and Summer courts. The nobility, known as the Sidhe, are the most powerful of them all. Fae of all kinds love to make bargains, which is how Harry manages to get himself pressed into service of Mab, Winter Queen of the Winter Court,
Meet Celeste Ritsuko and Janus Mikani, a detective team for the Criminal Investigation Department. She’s the first female detective in her division; he’s a magical expert and brings his own uncanny Ferisher (just another fancy name for the Fae here) powers to the case.
This wasn’t really my kind of book: too strange, with a protagonist I couldn’t quite relate to. It’s not helped by Cooper’s, er, unique situation. Over the course of this novel, he gets dragged across the metaverse by a goddess, kidnapped by faeries, drugged by Cleopatra, engulfed by a machine-flesh creature, and pursued by undead monsters and evil elf beings.
The Fae were long thought to have been extinct from Erilea, but in the old days they ruled the forests, rivers and mountains. Queen Elena Havilliard was a half-fae, and former princess of Terrasen. She appears throughout the series as a kind of ghost, helping Celaena by giving her advice.
The world of The Barrow is one filled with dark magics, shady politics, and disreputable characters. Scoundrels and perverts lurk at every corner, and if you’re really unlucky, you might even run afoul of demonic horrors and nasty fae sorcery.
It is Scotland and the year is 1844. A year has passed since Aileana Kameron was found standing over the dead body of her mother, covered in blood. Everyone thinks she has something to do with it, but Aileana knows the truth. It was a faery who killed her mother and ripped out her heart.
The fae almost took over the city six months ago with their plot to make rich society women trade in their natural faces for beautiful, fae-charmed ones. Society is still recovering from the aftermath but it’s too late for Helen, who has already made the switch. Now she has to wear an iron mask to protect herself and her identity from being possessed and erased.
Mercy encounters fae quite frequently over the course of the series. Her mechanic mentor Zee is a rare kind of fae who can handle and work metal of all kinds. Mercy also has a fairy walking stick that has a tendency to follow her around at all times.