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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 Pouting Always 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
Ahimsa
May 14, 2017 Ahimsa 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.
Fiona
Apr 23, 2017 Fiona 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 Craig Comer rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Rita Cline
Apr 06, 2017 Rita Cline 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 Balharry
Apr 09, 2017 Gillian Balharry rated it really liked it
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 Brenda 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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