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Niamh and the Hermit: A Fairy Tale

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  3 reviews
The daughter of a king and a fairy, the Princess Niamh is glorious fair - perhaps overly so. Her incredible beauty proves a curse for no man can withstand even a moment in her presence without running mad. Suitor after suitor is turned away, since no one regardless of family name or credentials, is able to approach the Princess without suffering intense burning. The kingdo ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Arx Publishing
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Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, it was beautiful! Oh, it was lovely! Oh, I will read this again and again!

Where to start? Niamph and the Hermit is truly what it promises to be--"an exultation of the classic fairy tale." The prose is glorious, the story is glorious, and the characters are ah! glorious. Glorious, I say. Simply glorious. Not to mention the world-building. Which deserves much more than a mere mentioning.

It's easy to see why this book has been compared to The Lord of the Rings. If anyone deserves comparison to
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Princess Niamh (pronounced Nee-EHV) is perhaps the greatest beauty of the Twelve Kingdoms, one whose loveliness radiates within and without so strongly that nobody in Castell Gwyr is able to appreciate it. Potential suitors have either died or gone mad at the slightest exposure to Niamh, leaving everyone in the kingdom of Maelgwynn, including King Gavron, to wonder how Niamh will be able to take a husband and keep alive the line of Siawn Shieldbearer.

The most logical solution to this problem com
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
This reminds me, both in language and style, of some of the better intricate, dreamlike, epic faerie tale literature of the late nineteenth century. Snyder has created characters and sagas here that require thoughtful careful reading and (until I discovered the notes in the back of the book) note taking to keep all the characters sorted in your head. Characters are varied and intriguing, the plot is not marred by preditability, and nobility of spirit and human frailty combine in thought-provokin ...more
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Emily C. A. Snyder has been inventing stories since she was old enough to babble, and writing them down since she was old enough to dictate. A prolific writer, Snyder is the author of The Twelve Kingdoms series from Arx Publishing, LLC, as well as several Austenesque novels, including Nachtsturm Castle: A Gothic Austen Satire.

The premiere international scholar on writing new verse drama, she is th

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