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Trailer Park Fae

(Gallow and Ragged #1)

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  1,663 ratings  ·  290 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow returns to dark fantasy with a new series where the fairy world inhabits diners, dive bars and trailer parks.

Jeremy Gallow is just another construction worker, and that's the way he likes it. He's left his past behind, but some things cannot be erased. Like the tattoos on his arms that transform into a weapon, or that he w
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 23rd 2015 by Orbit
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Lilith Saintcrow's blog was one of the few I read regularly, and I have fond memories of reading her Jill Kismet series Night Shift when vacationing in New Mexico. In the mood for urban fantasy, when I happened upon this at Half-Price Books, I thought I'd give it a try.


Though I generally enjoy extravagant prose (Beagle, Kay, Valente), this is awful. Layered on and stretched thin (see what I'm doing there?), Saintcrow has traded in Spartan style for Valente on crack. I knew there would be t
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

Let me just start out by saying that this book wasn’t what I expected. Dark Urban Fantasy—most definitely, but the title and blurb led me to believe that there would also be a generous helping of humour, or snark which there wasn’t. The male protagonist lives in a trailer park, and he & Robin eat a meal at a diner; however that’s pretty much the full extent of this story’s ghetto vibe. Lilith Saintcrow’s writing style was heavy on the Fae court speak, and the plot was ra
Jun 15, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a fae version of the Sookie Stackhouse books, you have come to the wrong place.

Having a book called "Trailer Park Fae", and then writing it in an overly flowery and Shakespearean style makes no sense. It is nothing like it seems to be.

The writing is absolutely brutal to read. Maybe if it was supposed to be poetic... or set in an older time.... I don't know, but it just doesn't work for a book called Trailer Park Fae.

Here is what I mean:

Here's a couple of descriptions of wi
Mogsy (MMOGC)
2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

It’s tough admitting when a book doesn’t work for me, and in the case of Trailer Park Fae I find this even more difficult to do considering the high hopes I had for it. To complicate matters, I can’t even really fault the book itself, because the writing superb and the story has it dark charms. However, it just felt like I was sold one thing by the title, cover and description, but received something altogether different

Will there ever be a time when Dan dos Santos cover won't pull me to read a book?

It does help that guy on the cover has David Tennant frown.


Short review:


Longer review:

I had a hard time with Trailer Park Fae.
This entire book is so unnecessary overwritten. I would understand that lyrical and somewhat archaic dialogues are used among fairies who live forever, but author used same flowery style throughout entire book, with descriptions and action scenes, and I felt it was in complete d
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
this is the weirdest book about fairies I've ever read. it's like a custody battle, but with magic, where the judge is really pissed about having to work that day. ...more
Pippa DaCosta
Because: Dat cover!

Okay, so I pre-ordered this on the cover alone. I should have waited and read the sample. I've not read this author's work before, so I'm to blame, but the flowery prose is a killer. I was hoping for something fun, gritty, dark, and sexy - which the cover and blurb suggests. I was wrong. I get that the author is portraying 'fae-speak', but I keep stumbling over the writing, which makes it difficult for me to really connect and immerse myself in the world.

I'm putting it aside f
DNF @ 32%

The characters were interesting but not enough to inspire me to continue. The worldbuilding was way off though. The aspect was there, but the describing bits were missing leaving moments of mass confusion.

"A sidhe who could craft a quirpiece could also craft - or barter for - a breakaway, and if the huntwhistles were so close he could hear them through a mortal brawl..."

Quirpiece? What's a breakaway? And huntwhistles? There was just a lot of interesting concepts without the descript
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I finished it!!! But dear heaven, this was hard work.

I usually like Saintcrow and read just about everything written by her, but this book was not an easy read at all.
If she continues in this direction (concerning her literary style) she should switch to poetry and leave the world of prose. Many of her sentence structures are fraught with ancient fey words, poetic metaphors and complicated "hinting around the bush", so you need a lot of time and patience to reread whole passages ("WTF have I jus
3.5 stars

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at

I had no idea what I was going into with Trailer Park Fae. I’ve read books by Lilith Saintcrow before, so I knew she wrote some dark and gritty stories. However, when I saw that cover, I don’t know what I was expecting. I think I was expecting something along the lines of Diana Rowland’s White Trash Zombie series. I should’ve known better. Just because they have the same cover artist, doesn’t make them the sa
I was pleasantly surprised to find this urban fantasy with its strong romantic thread had a good story. While the main characters were decent folks carrying loads of regret that got a bit old, it was a good counterpoint to the fae who carried none. I really liked the way the old Seelie courts were done, too. Beautiful or stark, but always deadly with an intricate viciousness & boundless plots lurking behind every action. All in all, it's pretty brutal & I liked that. It's a nice change from good ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

4 Stars for Narration by Joe Knezevich - He definitely made the story more appealing & cohesive.
3 Stars for Story Concept
3.5 Stars for Gallow & Robin
2 Stars for Overall Plot Execution

I like the characters a lot but there wasn't enough meat in the story itself. As soon as Audible is working again, I'll dive into the next book to see if the plot will be fleshed out.
#1 Gallow and Ragged - UF - Fae

First Read: October 2015, 4 stars
Second Read: July 25, 2016 - 7/31/16

Read #2 Review - July/Aug. 2016 - 3 stars

Reread prior to reading #2 Roadside Magic.

What I liked:

World building, characters, intrigue, danger, Summer Queen/Unwinter King drama, characters' having to dodge politics and whims of both Courts, surprises and twists.

What I REALLY disliked:

Rereading this was a total chore. The overblown, overdescribed writing on every single page was so annoying, and took
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a while now I have been distracted by straight up romances and anything of the young adult variety. I was missing my roots, where I started. So I began looking for new urban fantasy titles and “Trailer Park Fae” caught my eye for several reasons.

First, and probably the obvious one for me, is the cover. If I see Daniel Dos Santos cover-art, I’m immediately interested in whatever book it’s gracing. Or at the very least, I’ll take a second look. I’ve been a fan of his work for some time now.

Jeremy Gallow and Robyn Ragged.
I made it 25% and then just couldn't trudge through the overwrought prose anymore. Sheesh, it was exhausting and I missed stuff because I was listening to the audio format.
The story sounded intriguing, but apparently it is a cliffhanger (did not know that when I bought it... hope I can return it!)
Anyhoo, Jeremy is a strong half fae who hides as a construction worker living in a trailer park. He lives a half life still mourning the death of his mortal (human) wife,
I absolutely hate that I had to do this because I had such high hopes, but I had to DNF this at 50%. I just couldn't read another page. I didn't care for the writing, the characters or the story line and was having a really hard time following the story because I was just plain bored. It just wasn't for me. ...more
Dec 24, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, urban-fantasy
9 December 2015: $1.99 on Kindle

24 November 2015: $1.99 on Kindle
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading a variety of fae-centric books lately and this one comes out on top as the darkest of the group. Not in a bad way, but in a HOLY WOW this world is gritty and the underhanded dealings of the fae are fantastically diabolical and THINGS are never as they seem. Which are all things I enjoy in a fae-centered book, so I was ALL IN.

Gallow is a mess. A half-human, half-fae who turned his back on the Summer Court, he's stuck in an endless rut of grief and remembrance. When Robin shows u
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not the best writing nor all that original of a story, wasn't a big fan of the ending either. ...more
Kathy Davie
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
First in the Gallow and Ragged urban fantasy series set in the human world of low dive bars, construction sites, and trailer parks inhabited by fae and human both. The focus is on Jeremiah Gallow and Robin Ragged.

My Take
This is good, a weedy, alley-ridden home to trailer parks and divey bars into which sidhe treachery and betrayal leaps. It reminds me of Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series with its low-class settings while Gallow’s character is a blend of the enigmatic Barron from Fever, the com
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
4.5 Stars

Full Review:
Trailer Park Fae. Tell me that is not the best title ever! I mean, faeries are so elegant, graceful, and proper, and trailer parks are, well not. So a juxtaposition like that, how could it not be amazing?! And that COVER. Honestly probably my all-time favorite. So as soon as I saw this book, I needed it in my life.

But then I read some reviews, and so many said the same thing—the writing was too frilly and difficult to understand. So I sank into the depths of indecision and s
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

For all of its intriguing cover and title, TRAILER PARK FAE has a lot more fae and a lot less trailer park than one would expect. Frequently confusing, full of characters with multiples names, with a plot that didn't make itself clear until way farther through the book than it should have, TRAILER PARK FAE is a different take on fae in urban fantasy, but a bit of a slow read.

Jeremiah Gallow, our titular trailer park fae, is the character who kept me re
I was looking out for this book as Kevin Hearne recommended it. It was about Fae, which I tend to like. And her name is Lilith, let's be honest. So I was super excited when I found a copy of it in a bookshop in Berkeley last year.

And jeez, what a let down. The lore was super complicated, and there was no introduction to anyone. You were just plonked in the middle of a world and expected to work it all out for yourself. Thank god I know who Puck/Robin Goodfellow is, as I would have probably thou
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
yipes! DNF. I can be honest, I was interested in this book because of the Casey Affleck-looking dude on the cover + what I imagined a book called "Trailer Park Fae" would be like (fun).

instead, 1. nothing is explained. a lot of characters, terms, descriptions of magic - kind of just left up to the reader to keep track of everything. I thought, did I accidentally pick up the second book in the series? but no.

2. the writing. like a lot of other reviews have pointed out, the writing is kind of fr
Cardyn Brooks
Trailer Park Fae is an engaging mash-up of Shakespeare with various Faerie mythologies. Robin and Jeremiah are jaded and complicated in ways that resonate as believably modern and grown-up.Thankfully, the passages with archaic syntax are sparingly used.

Fans of Marjorie M. Liu and Tanya Huff will likely enjoy this very promising start to this new series.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Good trilogy about a war between the Seelie and Unseelie Courts (Summer and Unwinter) and the half-human/half-fae who get caught in the middle.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grown-up, orbit
This is a very well done bloody twisted trickster tale.

Don't fuck with the fair folk, people.
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First read June 24th 2015
Interesting premise, more old world fey than the usual fare. The two main characters are interesting and unfold as the story does.

There's drama and adventure, in a plot that is more about our two getting caught in power wrangling between the Seelie, UnSeelie & Free Fey - and how they try and survive it.
Lyndi W.
Jun 28, 2015 marked it as d-n-f  ·  review of another edition
Okay, what? I read English but this makes no freaking sense to me. We just jump right into a world with no description and with no explanation of what these people are even talking about. And did that guy just eat a person like an animal cracker?

I... I dunno if I can keep reading this.

In fact, I still can't read it four months later. Into the DNF pile it goes!
Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
I really wanted to like this one, but the parts with the Fae POVs were just so overwritten and boring that I couldn't slog through them. ...more
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Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as a child, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She and her library co-habitate in Vancouver, Washington.

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“Maybe handling her memory every day for five years had made it fade, like the mortal thing it was.” 2 likes
“Hadn’t he spoken to the trees? Of course, the entire trailer park and its surroundings might be razed to make way for something even mortal-uglier, the living earth sleeping fitfully under concrete. He might well decide it wasn’t worth the effort, or the heartbreak when such careful work was undone.” 1 likes
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