Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries: the Sunday Times Bestseller

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Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries: the Sunday Times Bestseller

Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries: the Sunday Times Bestseller

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It’s written in the style of field notes, if such notes were written by someone who has a compulsion to log absolutely everything in a first person journalistic way. As for Emily, while she is apathetic and uninterested in helping others, she becomes a heaping mess if something happens to Wendell. I don’t know how much more gushing I can provide to tempt you to pick this up but if you enjoy scholarly style stories told in journal format by a slightly prickly professor with a love for anything fae set during the 1900s and with a mystery running through its core, not to mention a sprinkling of romance, delicious banter and chemistry and an adorable dog. Missing her and worrying about her at Cambridge, Wendell decides to assist Emily on the encyclopedia. Emily Wilde’s Encyclopedia of Faeries is the perfect title for this book because it reads exactly like the title suggests.

However, soon she realises that Hrafnsvik is full of Fae mysteries and to unlock them, she needs the support of its residents. I'm the author of books for adults and children, including Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries, Even the Darkest Stars, Ember and the Ice Dragons, The School Between Winter and Fairyland, and more.Impeccable Tam Lin vibes…The world-building here is exquisite, a weather-beaten village in an incredible Arctic landscape — and fortunately, the characters are just as textured and richly drawn…Emily herself is delightful, brilliant but flawed, and often darkly funny. FYI for romance readers: this is a historical fantasy with (very enjoyable) romantic elements, not a romance. The buoyant end promises further thrilling adventures filled with magic, fun, humour and hopefully even more of that delicious will-they-won’t-they romance.

I’ve seen some really good reviews of it around and it definitely felt like the sort of read I really want at the moment – bit of fantasy, bit of romance (you kind of have to squint) and it’s also a historical novel as well. Hrafnsvik has the feel of a mysterious place from the moment we arrive there, and the people also have their own unique culture about them, seen especially in the way they react when Emily rejects their offers of help.But as Emily gets closer and closer to uncovering the secrets of the Hidden Ones--the most elusive of all faeries--lurking in the shadowy forest outside the town, she also finds herself on the trail of another mystery: Who is Wendell Bambleby, and what does he really want? Follow the lights into the woods and dance with the fae under Emily’s careful guidance—just be sure not to get carried away. Emily might be tough for some to like, but her introverted nature and her passion for organising and planning her work list made me feel rather close to her. Fawcett’s faeries aren’t all pretty and delicate like Barker’s The Fairies of Winter – many are quite peculiar and unappealing in their descriptions – but they still share the same mischievous, elusive spirit that shines through those classic illustrations.

Unfailingly whimsical and with a kind of sardonic playfulness at every turn that brings many a smile to your face, it also gets a bit caught up in its rather elaborate example of a first person narrative, which while endearing, sometimes makes the plot hard to follow. Unlike this one, most of her previous books involve dragons in one way or another – these titles include Even The Darkest Stars, Ember And The Ice Dragons, and The Grace Of Wild Things. Emily has long held a suspicion about Wendell that she has never voiced to him but when things get a bit terrifying, Emily decides to just acknowledge it.There is precisely zero acknowledgement at any point in the text that there might, maybe, just slightly, be some Anglo-Irish tensions in 1909.



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