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The Laird of Duncairn

(Fey Matter #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  21 reviews
The year is 1882 Scotland, and the auld alliance betwixt king and fey has long been forgotten. Men of science, backed by barons of industry, push the boundaries of technology. When Sir Walter Conrad discovers a new energy source, one that could topple nations and revolutionize society, the race to dominate its ownership begins. But the excavation and use of this energy sou ...more
Paperback, 343 pages
Published May 2017 by City Owl Press
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Pouting Always
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
When a new energy source is discovered in Scotland in 1882 it's mining brings out old evils that captures the attention of the Queen in London and her Fey Finders. Effie has been running from the fey finders and found herself a position with an ally when the problem comes to her and she sets out to investigate. The story behind the book was really detailed, especially the lore for the fey. I think it's a little on the steampunk side, there's a flying machine at one point. The writing was really ...more
☙ percy ❧
this is a pretty difficult book to rate; i oscillated between three and four stars for a while. the real rating would probably be 3.5 stars.

this was pretty well written and the fey lore was interesting and well-developed. the storyline was also coherent and well-developed. for some reason the title made me think this was a paranormal historical romance, so i was pleasantly surprised when there wasn't really a romance aspect (i'm not particularly fond of romance-for-romance's sake)

however, i fe
November Is Nyarlathotep The Haunted Reading Room
There's something special about Fantasy, or Urban Fantasy, or Science Fiction, Horror, Steampunk--any kind of Speculative Fiction really--when it is molded in the hands of a master. The world-building that enchants, the characters who demand and receive all your empathy, the plot that twists and turns, endangering your favourite characters yet enabling their evolution--all that makes a story priceless. I give you the fantastic 'gaslamp fantasy" LAIRD OF DUNCAIRN, which happens to be Book 1 of FE ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a little steam punk and more fantasy. I have not read many steam punk but this genre is growing on me. This book is in the long past and humans and fey are not a good terms. Effie is half human and fey and has to overcome a lot in this book. This book is also a little mystery as well and I enjoyed that little surprise. Overall, a good book. *This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.*
Cecily Wolfe
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well-developed characters and plot make this historical fantasy a true pleasure to read and become lost in. Readers looking for a strong female protagonist will find her in Effie, who is believable and likeable. A very unique and fascinating story - I definitely can't wait for this series to continue!
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting fantasy book

The story revolves around a young girl set in a quasi steampunk sort of setting, in Scotland. The story is more fantasy than steampunk which is what I preferred as well.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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In The Laird of Duncairn, the reader is transported to the setting of Scotland in 1882. The alliance between the humans and the fey has long been forgotten, and scientistis are pushing the boundaries of technology. Sir Walter Conrad discovers a new energy source that could revolutionize society… But excavating this source will have dire consequences, for both humans and fey, as an ancient enemy stirs, awakened by what Sir Walter discovered.
D. Messing
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Talk about a whale of a story! It's set in the highlands, (one of my absolute favorite places in the world!) but it's the highlands of an alternate world, mixed with more than a fair dash of steampunk, fey, and a fat dose of whodunnit. The Laird of Duncairn is a fabulous story filled with intrigue, and takes a veiled look at the consequences of greed and the abuse of people different than oneself. It is entertaining, and makes you think all at the same time. I very much enjoyed it, thank you for ...more
Garrett Calcaterra
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel has a bit of it all: steampunk, fantasy, intrigue, and mythology, all set in an alternate Victorian-era Scotland. The action kicks off when Effie volunteers to investigate some mysterious happenings in a coastal town, partly to protect her friends and partly to discover her place in the world as a Sithling. As she unravels the mystery, she learns of her family's past and her own magical abilities. The story ends in thrilling fashion as Effie comes into her own as a powerful wielder of ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
I didn’t like it, but maybe that has more to do with me than with the book

Effie is a Sithling, which means she’s not quite human and not quite fey. We’re talking Scotland, 1882: the Industrial Age. There is a serious fey hunt going on (a bit like the witch hunts).

The knowledge displayed in this novel is impressive, if not overly interesting. It just didn’t excite me… it didn’t make me eager for more. This book took me all weekend to read and I kind of regret it.

Katrina Roets
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it

I feel like it's been quite a while since I read a fantasy novel so between that urge and the fact that this one was Gaelic in nature, I couldn't resist picking it up.

The Good:
I really enjoyed the plot of this book and the characters that I met along the way as I read it. This book isn't listed as steampunk but it definitely has those elements in it and I think that they added to what was already happening. I appreciated how the author worked the characters backstories in without it feeli
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
The Laird of Duncairn can be described as an alternate historical fantasy with a hint of steampunk. The world building was pretty amazing. Interesting melding of fey lore with advancements in science and technology and political struggles. Good strong female protagonist. However, I had a hard time keeping interest in the story overall. I found myself getting somewhat bored at times with the writing. The author would go off on detailed rants that would distract the reader from the plot.

I receive
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This combines the pleasure of historical fiction with the joy of amazing world-building. Despite the various spirits and the presence of the peoples of the mound, the details feel real, as do the characters, and it's very entertaining to journey across Scotland. It has some slight steampunk elements, but in my book it's definitely Sidhepunk. A great read and enough of the world is left unexplored that I'm looking forward to the sequel.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
This is an interesting story, but it was a little slow for me in some places. I liked the mix of science and myth/fantasy., and the Scottish folklore added color to the story. The book is relatively long (300+ pages) and I thought it could have been shortened by removing some parts that didn't really move the story, and it would have been a much tighter, faster moving story.

I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The links between the king and the fey has been long forgotten. A new energy source is found but this is going to cause trouble. An enemy is being awoken and this is going to be dire consequences. What will happen if he wakes? Who will be able to stop him? Follow the tale and see where it will go

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is set in an alternate Scotland of the Victorian era, there is fantasy, intrigue, and steampunk this is the first book by this Author that I have read. I found this book to be well-written and it held my attention throughout. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
InD'tale Magazine
A steampunk fantasy tale, “The Laird of Duncairn” is the first in the “Fey Matter” series.

Read full review in the 2017 October issue of InD'tale Magazine.

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Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
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Disclaimer: I was given this book for free as part of the Library Thing Early Reviewer (LTER) program for an honest review. 

This first book in the series was a quite enjoyable. I think it is a good book to go into blind, only knowing what the synopsis provides. This book focuses on the journey that Effie aka Miss Martins takes to protect the human and fey race. The book does not provide in-depth character development or world development, it is presumed that the reader has some backg
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Craig Comer
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Craig Comer is the author of the gaslamp fantasy series A Fey Matter, which includes the novels OAK SEER and THE LAIRD OF DUNCAIRN. He is co-author of the mosaic fantasy novel THE ROADS TO BALDAIRN MOTTE. Craig earned a Master’s Degree in Writing from the University of Southern California. He enjoys tramping across countries in his spare time, preferably those strewn with pubs and castles. Find ou ...more

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