The story gets a little dark in places, but is otherwise a tottaly captivating read that blends real-life and faerie myth perfectly.
My female friend who doesn't read very often, couldn't put this down, but couldn't read it by herself at night.
There were several polarised opinions on this book and I ummed and ahhed for some time before making use of free ebook lending at my local library.
Raymond E Feist reads like an early Dan Brown, the characters are there primarily to move the action forward. The weaving of the tale is the star in this book, not individual characters. Basically, it's the equiv...more
Feist, Raymond, E. –Standalone
Doubleday, 1988, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780385236232
First Sentence: Barney Doyle sat at his cluttered workbench, attempting to fix Olaf Andersen’s ancient power mower for the fourth time in seven years.
*** Phil Hastings, his wife Gloria, his daughter Gabbie and their twin boys Patrick and Sean move from Sunny California to an old farmhouse in upstate New York whose land includes virgin forest. They...more
This is the description of the story:
Successful screenwriter Phil Hastings decides to move his family from sunny California to a ramshackle farmhouse in New York State. The idea is to take some time out, relax and pick up the threads of his career as a novelist.
Good plan, bad choice. The place they choose is surrounded by anc...more
Phil Hastings was a lucky man-he had money, a growing reputation as a screenwriter, a happy, loving family with three kids, and he'd just moved into the house of his dreams in rural of magic-and about to be altered irrevocably by a magic more real than any he dared imagine. For with the Magic came the Bad Thing, and the Faerie, and then the cool. . .and the resurrection of a primordial war with a forgotten people-a war that not only the Hastings but the whole human race could lose.From Publish
Both fantasy and horror, this contemporary fantasy evokes the old tales from before "happy ever efter." Following the Hastings family as they adapt after their move to upstate New York, the entire family begins to have encounters with beings from celtic myth. These are not nice fairies who love humans. Rape and physical abuse of children are normal behaviours for them. It is a nail-biting tale as we watch to see if all the humans will survive and how exactly the fae...more
Une sympathique famille s’installe dans une vieille et pittoresque maison pour fuir l’agitation hollywoodienne et se retrouve très vite face à une population bien plus exotique que la faune californienne.
L’auteur joue avec les mythes celtiques et les balance sans scrupule dans notre monde. Mais malgré le titre il ne faut...more
The concept is good, but the pacing is terrible (a slow, ponderous plot), there's a surplus of characters (none of them terribly engaging or real), and it takes seemingly-forever to get to the point.
Worst of all, this book seems to have heralded the start of what my friends and I (at the age of TWELVE) disgustedly referred to as Raymond E. Feist's "rape-fantasy period" in which he seems to relish explicitly describing the rape/abuse of hi...more
on Saturday, May 29, 2004
Hi Mine arrived today also! I am very happy.Thanks that you were willing to trade with me. i hope you will enjoy the book by Doris Lessing.
on Thursday, June 17, 2004
Well i am reading this right now.I did not know what to expect , did not want to know, (that's why i did not read the book description)What I hoped for was a horror book and maybe it is, but stories about leprechauns a...more
but seriously. lay off the absinthe for a moment: how much do you really know about faeries that aren't inspired by disney or alcohol (i know, i know--same diff)? if the first image that comes to mind is some blonde bimbo wearing a dress that looks like a pastry, you are gravely mistaken. celtic faerie lore is very dark. children being stolen and spirited away, men and women seduced from the mortal realms and made to forget all vestiges of their mort...more
The land of Faerie has intersected with the mundane world and the consequences can't be anything but frightening, amazing, fantastic, and at times slightly horrific.
This is very different to Raymond Feist's Midkemia fantasy novels, which began with the awesome 'Magician'. Whether intentional or not, it has elements of Myt...more
Unfortunately, what was scary about the inside of the book wasn't the story, but the actual writing. I couldn't get past the sometimes choppy, sometimes run-on sentence structure, the use of single quoted dialogue instead of double (ack!), or the poor and often random character development. I made it to page 42 and had to give up. I already loathed the mother's character, and couldn't see that changing (save for a...more
Feist has managed to walk away from the twinkly fairy's and bring a real darkness to the legends. He has returned to the old tales and bought out the malevolent and uncaring aspects of the Fae. Reading this book tells you why our ancestors were scared of them and why the old tales are tales of warning.
He's also done a fair amount of homework...more
The story follows the Hastings family, who inadvertently clash with the fairy courts camped out on their lands. The plot lacked immediacy and danger, probably because right in the middle of the climax, the main characters had time to pause for pages and pages...more