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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  6,283 ratings  ·  326 reviews
La vieille ferme isolée dans les bois les avait séduits. La maison était splendide et étrange, spacieuse et pleine de recoins secrets. Phil et Gloria pensaient y trouver le calme après la vie agitée des studios de cinéma californiens. Mais derrière les portes des maisons anciennes, sous les ponts perdus au fond des bois, se cachent souvent des êtres magiques et forces obsc ...more
Broché, 456 pages
Published February 22nd 2007 by Bragelonne (first published January 1st 1988)
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Feist is certainly one of the best in the genre. His descriptions of the worlds he visits are vivid; you not only see them, you feel them. His characters are absolutely real (including the fantasy & supernatural ones). This is the first of Feist's works that I read, and on re-reading, the magic holds. For my money, this is his best. Feist, like King and children themselves, knows that kids are often the targets of the Bad Things and that they must and do struggle with evil; he doesn't shy aw ...more
The first quarter of the book was slow and a little clunky; I felt it very contrived and awkward, almost like the author wasn't quite sure how to get all his characters in one place, or how to introduce them once he brought them to the same location. That said, the remaining 3/4 of the book is excellent. Feist doesn't exactly put a new "spin" on faeries, but his descriptions of them are marvelously complex. Faeries are not merely human with pointy ears and gem-colored eyes; they are hyper-sexual ...more
Jan 25, 2011 Joel marked it as to-not-read-ever  ·  review of another edition
I am shelving this with my other facetious "to-not-read-ever" reviews, even though I have nothing against the book. My parents owned a copy of it when I was very young and I was always fascinated and creeped out by the evocative cover with the lost shoe and the smear of blood.

I spotted a used copy at a library sale a few weeks ago and debated buying it but I have too many books to read already. I contented myself with looking it up on Goodreads and I saw the alternate cover linked to this revie
This book has been recommended to me by several people over the years. Ultimately, though, I was disappointed by it. I found the story dated and formulaic, and the ending a bit too pat and rushed.

Written before there was such a term as 'urban fantasy', this book would fall into that category: beings of myth interacting with the modern world. It's my favorite genre, but is much better served by authors such as Charles de Lint, Neil Gaiman, Emma Bull, and others of that ilk.

The author did his res
Jonathon Dunstan
This is one of my favorite stories of all time, and if I could would be the one book I would convert into a movie. It would definitely need modernising.

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.
FAERIE TALE (Suspense/Fantasy-Hasting Family-Pennsylvania-Cont) – VG
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
Faerie Tale is one of those books, for me at least, that does not get better with age. The first time I read it, I enjoyed it. The second time, I couldn't remember why I liked it to begin with. It's the only book that I've really had that type of reaction to. I've liked books less when I've gone back and re-read them, but not that much. It was like watching the old, original Battlestar Galactica as a child and then re-watching it as a college student- I guess I liked the Vipers, but gosh, I didn ...more
Apr 28, 2008 Damon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes fantasy fiction
Raymond E Feist has built an impressive catalog, and even been likened to a modern day Tolkein. While I don't dispute that, I can say that I find Feist's work eminently more accessible, and therefor more enjoyable than a trip to Middle Earth. Typically, he sets his stories in the Realm he first began to create with "Magician: Apprentice". Faerie Tale, however, is set in a modern day home, inhabited by modern day people, in a modern day United States. But what the characters experience is anythin ...more
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To give this book ANY stars would be giving it too many.

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
Peter Chandler
Clearly some small amount of research has gone into this and the world of Faerie is brought to life with some degree of magic. If only the human world could have been equally lavishly rendered, but with the most tiresomely cardboard thing and wholly unengaging imitations of real people (particularly the women) I can't help but find myself rooting for the insane and twisted Erlking. Add to the mix some hideous clichés and the unforgivable flaw of characters explaining large segments of plot, addi ...more
This is probably a four and a half as I was a bit disappointed at the end...however, an amazing book! Mixing the devilishness of fairies with a cheeky splendour. This countains moments of laughter, horror, and at times a feeling of something inappropriate. I would recommend to fans who love this genra, and to those who enjoy the far fetched horror of authors like Stephen King.
Mike (the Paladin)
An excellent read....very close to 5 stars, but I can't really put it among my top reads. In it's favor it's a book that everyone in my family liked, and that can be said about very few books.

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.
Excellent tale by Feist. I enjoyed this from page 1 and actually tried to read the last part slower so the book wouldn't be over. A wonderully horrific dark fantasy set in upper state New York. It was full of mythical beings and the humans were also portrayed well. This is ready for release.
Just laughably awful. My husband and I still both joke about this one. The author is so obviously infatuated with his main female character it makes you feel dirty reading it. He has written way better stuff. I recommend you avoid this one.
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
Apr 03, 2012 Branwen *Blaidd Drwg* rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of dark fairy stories
This was a great book, full of lots of beautiful details and engaging characters. It was also downright scary, so I would reccomend it to anyone who enjoys Faerie mythology, particularly the dark kind.
Kevin Xu
I love everything about this that does not make it a fantasy. Plus I think this could be a great screeplay for a horror movie.
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Mein Hime
Dec 12, 2011 Mein Hime rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Dan Brown
150 pages in and really enjoying the pacing of this story. I was a tad concerned after reading some of the comments but it's a gripping read.

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
Heidi Garrett
4.5 stars
This is the first book I've read by Raymond E. Feist and I must say I enjoyed it. As a fan of the fae, I'd say he does a great job of creating a creepy world that is vivid, melancholic, and disturbing. He takes his time in the beginning of the book. No rushing. Sets up the characters and the normal world with twinges of the odd and unsettling. It took me a long time to read the book just because I haven't had a lot of time to read in the past month, but I always looked forward to gettin
Joe Abbey
Oct 19, 2007 Joe Abbey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: one and all
Shelves: already-read
This book is a great book for fantasy lovers. It has many twists and turns, at the beggining its kind of boring if you have read some of his other books but as it moves on it does get better if you stick with it. his beggining doesn't have alot of action so to me it was boring but as i read on it started to have stange phenomenon and different things that kept me reading. This is nothing like a classic Faerie tale, it talks about magic and things that other faerie tales would leeave out because ...more
Agree with older review, 'Did not like this. Did not like the plot, the characters, or the "tension" or much of anything else about it.'

Bought this when published in 1988, and it has sat on my shelf collecting dust since then. Finally caught my eye to read, and it did not meet my expectations. I was expecting Stephen King-type novel, but instead it was just muddled fantasy (in line with, but done much better by, Neil Gaiman).

The last third of novel is better because there is finally some action
Feb 28, 2010 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Becky
Recommended to Lisa by: Jade Brelsford
Really a 4.5...a deliciously creepy tale of what happens when the Hastings family bump up against the local fairy population, with dark results.

As usual in this type of book, it's the kids who really see what's happening and have to take it upon themselves to do what the adults can't, which makes the story far more effective. The adults were a little two-dimensional, with the character of Mark Blackman in particular being there simply for exposition, but the fairy encounters more than made up fo
In a nutshell, this is the story of a man who moves to the country and discovers there are supernatural beasties living on his property. In this case, the beasties are faeries straight out of Celtic myth. It felt a bit contrived, but some visuals were reasonably compelling. Parts of it are a bit dated (MRI was in its infancy, for example) and the characters were mostly a touch flat. I did like Gary and Mark quite a bit, but - though it would have been completely unheard-of at the time - they wou ...more
Apr 24, 2008 Holly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Faerie lovers, Mythology lovers, Ireland lovers
Recommended to Holly by: My Father
In early summer, the Hastings-- Phil, his wife, teenage daughter, and eight-year-old twin sons--move into the Old Kessler Place on the edge of a densely wooded parcel known as Erl King Hill. The twins, Sean and Patrick, are the first to feel emanations of evil and danger, even before they hear odd tales of the woods--missing children, peculiar lights, eerie music. In the following months, disturbing and often terrifying scenes are witnessed and strangely forgotten, desires enflamed, and fear and ...more
I really enjoyed this book! It's been on my "to read" shelf for a really long time and I'm not sure why it took me so long to get around to reading it. The story takes place in modern day but manages to wind in lots of ancient faerie mythology. It is suspenseful, exciting and interesting. I had a difficult time closing it to go to sleep at night. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy!
I used to like Feist when I was in my teens, but got quickly annoyed when formula writing got the better of him and he started pooping out two uninspired books a year. That being said, Faerie Tale is different from his usual works. I was actually pleasantly surprised by this piece of dark fantasy, which turns out to be a pretty entertaining and scary "bonfire tale".
This is my favourite R E Feist book. It is a great read, easy and doable in about a day if you have a day on your hands. I enjoyed the way he portrays his characters in this book, faerie folk are not always the nice pretty little things we see in other fairy tales.
Arya Wiese
May 01, 2009 Arya Wiese rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Arya by: My Mom
I received a first edition copy of this book from my mom on my 16th birthday and have read it at least once a year since (most times it's more like 2-4 times during the year). It really is a good read and full of lore and mystery spun in fairy tales.
Brad Smith
This is a very cool novel of ancient mythology as it relates to modern times. A family moves into a great property out in the middle of nowhere and they are haunted by Irish gods and myths.
Casnewydd Hydra
When you find yourself pushing further and further back into a corner of the bed you know it's a good read. Early books a great read, lost his way a bit recently, but still a good author.
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Raymond E. Feist was born Raymond E. Gonzales III, but took his adoptive step-father's surname when his mother remarried Felix E. Feist. He graduated with a B.A. in Communication Arts with Honors in 1977 from the University of California at San Diego. During that year Feist had some ideas for a novel about a boy who would be a magician. He wrote the novel two years later, and it was published in 1 ...more
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