I enjoyed this story of Seattle software programmer Kendis Thompson who ends up being part Fae. She's different from other urban fantasy heroines becaI enjoyed this story of Seattle software programmer Kendis Thompson who ends up being part Fae. She's different from other urban fantasy heroines because she is a proud geek girl (and we don't see enough geek girl heroines) with many nice nods to Star Trek and Star Wars. She's snarky like most UF heroines, sure, but she isn't over the top about it.
Much of the story deals with Kendis finding out that there are Fae alive and well in her city while the full on fantasy background didn't kick in later. The strengths lie in the cast of characters, I believe. I loved the diversity of characters here from Scot Christopher MacSimidh, the Second Warder of Seattle, to Kendis' roommates Carl Saunders and Jake Tanaka and even her best friend Jude. Everyone had their own personality and relationship to Kendis who, even herself, has a diverse background.
The story might not offer much new to urban fantasy fans as far as story goes but it's a fun tale if you're looking for a different type of character with a dash of fantasy and a hint toward a potential romance. 3 1/2
I got hooked on this story the moment I read the excerpt and blurb available on the Drollerie Press website. The company caught my eye with their gorgI got hooked on this story the moment I read the excerpt and blurb available on the Drollerie Press website. The company caught my eye with their gorgeous design, great array of stories featuring fairy tales and fantasy and I even got a chance to chat with the authors and publisher in a recent gathering. The talk went from vampires to Labyrinth and the Dark Crystal and it was just a blast.
I decided to scoot Unseelie up on my list recently after buying it this month. This book by author Meredith Holmes is a gem. I love the world building of the fairies and the myths used to bring the world to life. I especially liked the switch of the Seelie and Unseelie courts and how they tied into the heroine's fate. There was an interesting twist early on as to how her half brother ties into everything that I was eager to see unravel.
It was a fun read with a handsome faerie prince I couldn't get enough, a strong yet soft hearted Cait Sidhe companion and some colorful characters in both courts. Ms. Holmes has a wonderful imagination for making the world of the fae come to life.
The only downside I felt was the main character herself which kind of brought the story down a few notches for me. I was eager to dive into the world and really get lost in it but the heroine's snide remarks and rebellious antics kind of put me off a bit. I felt a bit sorry for the prince and Cait Sidhe who had to teach her!
Besides that I really loved this world and the mythology behind it. Great battle scenes and beautiful visual descriptions of the world make this a world I wouldn't mind escaping to again! ...more