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Her Unwelcome Inheritance

(Fayborn #1)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Sometimes fairies believe in you… and it’s not always pretty.

When Oberon needs to sacrifice her family to restore his shattered kingdom, Petra will fight for their freedom and sanity as the world she knows and the people she trusts are transformed by supernatural invasion.

Petra is supposed to be starting college, but these fairies are real and they need her help. There’s j
Paperback, 260 pages
Published July 5th 2013 by independent self-published (first published July 31st 2012)
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I simply love urban fantasy, thanks to books like this one.

Petra doesn’t believe in magic and faeries, but they seem to believe in her. She is a faerie. It’s pretty complicated when she just wanted to go to the college and be normal. Did I mention that we also have a stalker, roommate obsessed with faeries and a world depending on Petra’s decisions?

The book is pure magic. It’s like modern version of Alice in Wonderland wit
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Book Browsers,

If you are looking for a delightfully engrossing new fantasy tale in which to immerse your imagination, look no further! I love fantasy and have often lamented the fact that the genre is not what it once was. Since George MacDonald, J.R.R. Tolkein, and C.S. Lewis, there have been none quite so brilliant, well-studied, or original. "Her Unwelcome Inheritance" restores my faith in the genre and gives me hope that more refreshing tales are to come from J. Aleksandr Wootton.

As oth
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very cool book.

For those who long for a more robust fantasy that also explores complex issues like belief, responsibility to others, etc., this is such a fantasy. My measure for good fantasy is whether the story and characters in it could make it as enjoyable and moving in our own world, and THEN I think to layer the new worlds, creatures, powers, etc into that story. The characters in this story are well crafted and balance well between believable and interesting. The story and themes touch on
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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'Her Unwelcome Inheritance' is a great introduction to a fantasy series. I never liked faeries very much, but I think it might change now. J. Aleksandr Wootton did a great job blending other known works with his imagination and created unique story. Petra is an amazing character and I'll be looking forward to read more about her adventures.

Thanks to J. Aleksandr Wootton for sending me his book in exchange for an honest review.
Erin With the Classics
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The summer before she leaves for college, Petra Goodfellow learns that her mom Christina's paranoia has a valid basis: James Oberon, an old flame of Christina's and descendant of the King of Faerie, is searching for Christina. Petra and her mom are descendants of Robin Goodfellow, and James wants one of them to help him restore Faerie (and gain a whole lot of power) buy swearing to be his servant. . . forever. Given James' character, this is not the greatest bargain.

Petra, who just wants the f
Rabid Readers Reviews
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Her Unwelcome Inheritance" is a cheeky wink at literature lovers. The inside joke of the piece is that there are several literature based references. The most overt of them played out in the home of James Oberon as he returns from his journey to find Christine Goodfellow he finds that his manservant has labeled varied things on a tray “eat me” and “drink me” as though James has returned from his own trip down the rabbit hole. The references are smart and subtle opening this novel to children wh ...more
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based on the cover, you do not expect this to be a fantasy novel. I was pleasantly surprised at the content of this story, seeing a glimpse of so many other tales of faery intermingling and connecting together. This novel is one that sort of...connects the dots, if you will.

From the very beginning, you get the feeling that Petra will play a much bigger role in the grand scheme of things than even she could ever imagine.
She has been sheltered most of her life from the realities of her family, b
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say this review may have been much different if I hadn't been given the updated version. The original ARC was a little confusing at first but the finished product been sold on Amazon is well edited making it far easier to get through.

The story itself is very interesting. I personally don't know too much about Fairy legends, just what I've learned from reading Patricia Briggs novels, so for me there was a lot of information to take in. The characters were well done but there were a fair
Masha Toit
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story pulled me right in.
It's getting tough to find good fantasy books, books that are original but still have that delicious thrill,that remind you of why you started reading fantasy in the first place. This is one of them. It is original and surprising, but it also draws on so many of my favourites - The Narnia books, Dracula, Wizard of Earthsea, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Alice in Wonderland, The Wind in the Willows, The Hobbit, the Greek myths and many more. The writer's love and respect
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To say of a book, "I couldn't put it down," is to damn it with faint praise. The best books are those I want to put down, to pause and savor descriptions, moments, or exposition. I wanted to--and did--lower this book several times, and enjoyed it all the more for that. The setting is comfortable, yet unique, with elements that feel familiar, yet defy articulation. Treatment of certain characters came across more subtly than in Gaiman's American Gods--without taking away anything from that excell ...more
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Her Unwelcome Inheritance was a very satisfying read. The scenery isn't cut-and-pasted from Tolkien or the innumerable copycats, but it's an inventive fresh take on fairyland-with-us.

Petra, a clever, likeable girl, is a strong protagonist, but it's in the odd and eccentric minor characters that the real beauty of the book may be found. Each of them is intricate and rather beautifully portrayed and as much pleasure is to be found in Petra's discoveries of them as in the world they live in.

Even pe
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this modern day fairytale thoroughly enjoyable. Delightfully set in small towns and a college, it provided a more tangible, closer-to-home Fairytale feel to it and even, I'll admit, left me looking around me for glimpses of Faery! The characters are great and I enjoyed the pace at which the plot unfolds. Neat retakes on some familiar characters too. I loved seeing the white witch from Narnia in a different light - very creative.

This short book reads fast and leaves you hungry for more fr
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The author has taken the fantasy tradition of Tolkien and Lewis and brought it into the post-modern world. The author does a good job of weaving the history of the faery world and their wars into the story that is filled with wonderful characters that I both loved and loved to hate. I just wish there had not been such a dramatic cliffhanger at the end. But of course I'm looking forward to the next one now...
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I REALLY enjoyed this book. It was well written (though I did roll my eyes at some of the descriptions, a little overwrought vocabulary), intellectual and engaging. It was a story that could easily have become too complex, but the reader is never overwhelmed by the different threads of the story. I was so frustrated when it ended because I wanted to know what happens! i eagerly await the rest of petra's story.
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book several months ago, so it's not as ready in my mind as I would normally like for writing a review. I recall appreciating the conversations between the protagonists and desiring to continue some of those conversations myself with my friends.

I also remember that I enjoyed the way that the author builds and maintains suspense without bluntly resorting to displays of power. It will be interesting to see how this suspense is resolved in later works.
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Following is the official review of "Her Unwelcome Inheritance" by J. Aleksandr Wootton.

Most young adults have to stress over college - new friends, new places, new subjects to focus on. Petra Godfellow has that and much more weighing her down. Only a little while before she moves out of her home to her godfather's house for college, Petra accidentally listens to a phone message directed to her mother, Christina. Telling her mother and her aunt, Penny, has both older women act
Evie Woolmore
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
YA fantasy is such a rapidly expanding genre, that it can be difficult to create a story that stands out amid the usual themes of growing up, emotions, relationships and new responsibilities, even though fantasy gives an author enormous potential to create a really original context for exploring these ideas. For Her Unwelcome Inheritance, the first volume in the Fayborn series, Wootton has borrowed some very old, well-known foundations for his fantasy world in the characters many of us know from ...more
Y. Correa
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Petra is a young girl that does not believe in fairies, or anything fay for that matter. Having been raised by her mother and her “aunt” Petra has never had a stable home or life, like a normal girl her age and that is all she really wants–to stop running and just be normal. The biggest problem is that Petra doesn’t know why her mother and aunt are constantly up and leaving from one town to another. She surmises that there has to be a reason for the constant uprooting. The problem is that Christ ...more
Kristi Bernard
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Petra has lived with her mother Christina and Aunt Penny, her mother’s best friend, since the day she was born. She was raised not believe in fairy tales. She had little to no interaction with television or internet and she is convinced something happened to her mother to make her so paranoid about it all. On her last day of high school she came home to find a message on the answering machine meant for her mother that will quickly change her life. Aunt Penny explains her mother’s past with a sta ...more
Harmony Kent
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on behalf of The Review Board

This is both a Traditional and Urban Fantasy novel. It has all the traditional, classic fantasy elements with faeries and goblins and magic. It has a faery land. It is also mostly set in our normal, everyday dimension. The author weaves the two worlds together seamlessly.
The book opens with a brief, but entertaining history of the fae and “puck”. The first chapter then introduces us to two women who are in the process of burning their house down. Chapter two
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I'd discovered this book decades ago (even though I mightn't have had the context to enjoy it as much as I did). It has everything that I like best about the Narnia Chronicles, George MacDonald's books, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

It is a high fantasy story with Oberon, King of the Fairies (the Empire), Titania Mirrowmorn, the Fairie Queen, and Puck and his hobgoblins (the Rebel Alliance) in exile on earth.

I love how the author appears in his own novel as a profe
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Her Unwelcome Inheritance, though not a long book, draws one in and also draws on a long history of fantasy writing that many current writers ignore. Wootton relies on many different elements of "faerie" tales as backstory, but places these old stories in a modern context and with a fresh plot involving interesting characters. Featuring a rare (to non-vampire fantasy) strong teenage female lead, Her Unwelcome Inheritance skilfully weaves a plot that pits protagonist Petra Godfellow against the a ...more
Would have preferred novel to have some sort of ending instead of "to be continued." For a book in a series, a minor victory/defeat/problem solved would have worked. Spent too much time discussing if faeries were real and not enough time having the plot move forward, especially for the main character. The main "action" scenes in the novel were directed at other characters (burning down the house, being attacked in the sewer, etc) and Petra only gets to participate in the final scene (well, sort ...more
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have been following Mr. Wootton's work for over half my life; given that fact, it took me an abysmally long time to order and read his book. Once I had it in my hands, I could not put it down - and progressed straight on to the sequel. This first novel does not disappoint; the story is engaging and the writing excellent. I very much enjoyed the literary references; knowing the author's tremendous love of literature, I'm quite certain there were references I missed. I found it easy to sympathiz ...more
Jim Stephens
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended read, could not put the book down. Can't wait for the sequel.
E.H. Alger
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous! What a great and unique read Her Unwelcome Inheritance is! It’s a low fantasy about Petra, a college student who reluctantly discovers that she’s descended from Robin Goodfellow (or Puck, from Midsummer Night’s Dream) and that Oberon, a skin-crawlingly horrible version, is after her.

There’s a lot of scholarship hidden within this story, made clear in the book’s appendix which lists the fifty works of fantasy, fairytale and mythology that are subtly referenced within its pages - everyt
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received this book for review from the author, but this in no way affects my thoughts expressed in this review*
I'd posted this review on my blog ages ago, but somehow missed posting it on Amazon and Goodreads!

I've always loved books with Faeries, but some just fall through for me. So, going in, I knew this was a possibility. However, when I finally decided to dive on in I could not get enough of this book. Petra(love that name!), was an altogether easy to relate to character, and one that I
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This is a delightful, light read. I highly recommend it! It's a fun intertextual romp through traditions of pucks and fairies, seen by a skeptical 21st-century college kid. Check it out!
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J. Aleksandr Wootton is a poet, author, and book-worm ("hoards books in shelves and spare rooms; likes to sleep surrounded by them." Derivation, Old Tolkienic).

In his spare time, he chairs the folklore department at Lightfoot College.

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