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The Boy Who Was Mistaken for a Fairy King

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  13 reviews
On the day Carl was born, the crocuses heralded the arrival of a special child. Or did they?

Carl King is an average boy, a gentle, kind, sweet teen who attracts an odd assortment of friends. He sometimes confers with trees... and just so happens to have antlers growing atop his head.

Evangeline Chase is an average girl from a close-knit family. She likes to run and enjoys a
Paperback, 122 pages
Published November 13th 2019 by Annorlunda Books
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Francesca Forrest
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In your journeys through the internet, maybe you’ve come across the description of a rottweiler that’s simultaneously so glowing and so slightly off center that it prompted the response “Did … did a rottweiler write this?” That was my feeling reading The Boy Who Was Mistaken for a Fairy King--only with fairies, not rottweilers. Some fairy scribe has recorded this tale of a human boy whose antlered head causes confusion among the fairy folk. That authorship would explain the dancing way it’s told ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fransesca Forrest's review enticed me to read this novella (novelette?) and I'm very glad I did. The charming narrative voice about Carl, a boy with antlers, interlaced with a strong sense of menace personified in the (supposedly real) Erlking - a disturbing but evocative combination. The contrast between Carl's gentleness and graciousness and the Erlking's malevolence - together with the resourceful and interesting Evangeline - were a large part of the novella's charm for me. ...more
A lovely little novelette about a boy called Carl who, due to weird genetics, is born with horn nubs, a fact that'll eventually get him mistaken for and land him in hot water with the Erlking. Funny and creative, and a quick read. ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
An intriguing story, not quite like anything else I have read. YA at times , fairy tale at others, sometime hilarious and sometimes downright scary.

Highly recommend!

I received an early copy from the publisher
Si ce n'était pas d'une fin qui n'en est pas une, la faute au format je suppose, j'aurais assurément donné cinq étoiles à cette petite merveille.

Non seulement la plume de l'auteur est magnifique, mais le rythme est encore plus magique. On trouve ici un savant mélange de conte, de poésie et de modernité. En suivant l'histoire d'un adolescent doté de bois sur la tête et donc, que les créatures fabuleuses des bois croient être leur roi, on passe du rire à la curiosité. Les scènes d'action sont déli
Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a weird one.
I was intrigued by the premise and it seemed like a cute, easy story - I’m all here for that.
The beginning was a bit underwhelming. The writing was too truncated and sparse, each scene coming and going without much holding them down. Too much flowery prose, not many grounding elements. (I like all the snippets about flowers and meanings, but they took too much time that could have been given to the actual plot).

It got better once I got really into it and I enjoyed Mrs King
"Erlkönig" is one of my favourite poems, so it was pretty interesting to read a modern fairy tale take on it. Fullerton has a lovely style that keeps the appropriate ethereal atmosphere while also introducing many modern elements. I loved the basic premise, and the build-up of the story.
My only complaint has to be that it ended quite abruptly and not everything was resolved (which can be a problem with novellas.)
Natalie Waddell-Rutter
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Such an intriguing story. I almost want to read it again to see all the foreshadowing and symbolism that is hiding in the book. It's broken into short sections that often jump in time and topic. For example, it starts with Carl's birth, but quickly jumps to his childhood, and then the main action occurs in high school. His story is then interspersed with sections discussing the symbolism of the natural world, often ending with a bit of a nursery rhyme. Those nursery rhyme fragments felt ominous ...more
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed the basic premise and the characters, even most of the plot, but the stylistics got so pleased with itself and eager to show off that the book was a bit difficult to read at times. The odd breaks and sped-up narration in some places didn't quite fit, for instance the ending turned out a little anti-climactic. Overall a nice read for a lazy day in, but I was a little disappointed. ...more
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
this is one of those trippy reads that make you wonder what is real and what is not, and the kind of novella you wish were a full novel instead because the ending opens up so many possibilities and you just want MORE.
Maria Haskins
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A charming, playful and utterly unique novella about a boy who just happens to grow antlers, and what happens when he (and his girlfriend) become entangled in the world of gremlins, fairies, and the Erlking. There's such a delightful sense of everyday magic in this story, as Fullerton creates a place where the plain and ordinary of the world we know, exists right next to (and sometimes intersects) with a world of magic that can be both hilarious and dangerous. Gremlins who mess up your car and t ...more
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
lovely little novella. wonderful story, great characters. Carl was such a well written lad. very enjoyable.
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