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The Laird of Duncairn (Fey Matter, 1)

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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
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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!
Nahid
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.
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
Majanka
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book Review originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/book-tou...

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
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Samantha Fischer
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Laird of Duncan by Craig Comer is the first book in the Fey Matter series. This book follows Effie, a half-fey half-human known as a Sithling. In the beginning of the book she is a scared little girl,  but by the end she acknowledges her own power and embraces it. This book has well rounded characters and the growth of the main character is steady as she overcomes numerous obstacles. While I cannot speak to the accuracy of Scottish geography, the story itself was very well done. It contains ...more
Marissa
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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
Ahimsa
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.
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.

Fiona
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 background knowle
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Craig Comer
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Rita Cline
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I really enjoyed this book. Mr. Comer developed his characters well. Each character is unique and has his or her own back story that allowed me to develop attachments to them. The story is very well developed and is told in a way that grabs you from the beginning. As the heroine, Effie, comes to know her race’s past, she develops abilities that surprise herself, her companions, and her enemies. She also learns the value of family and friendship. This book was a great read. I cannot wait for the
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Gillian
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Effie is a Scottish fey, a Sithling, who finds herself thrust out into a world she has stayed hidden from, a place where humans distrust and where Sniffers seek her kind with vile intentions. Intent on doing what she can to help save her kin, she embarks on a journey, learning of her history and the powers of the fey, hoping to defend against darker forces. Excellent story-telling and well-rounded characters makes this a thoroughly enchanting tale of a strong yet compassionate female protagonist ...more
Brenda
Apr 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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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 source will have dire consequences for both humans and fey. For an ancient enemy stirs, awakened by Sir
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Craig Comer is the author of the gaslamp fantasy novel THE LAIRD OF DUNCAIRN and co-author of the mosaic fantasy novel THE ROADS TO BALDAIRN MOTTE. His shorter works have appeared in several anthologies, including BARDIC TALES AND SAGE ADVICE and PULP EMPIRE VOLUME IV. Craig earned a Master’s Degree in Writing from the University of Southern California. He enjoys tramping across countries in his s ...more
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