Faeries aren’t just for kids these days. Thanks to paranormal romance authors like Laurell K. Hamilton and Sherrilyn Kenyon, there are a number of novels with the mysterious men (and women!) of Faerie. [Be aware – some of these books tend towards the steamy side of romance!]
The Legend of Drizzt (Series) – R.A. Salvatore
Drizzt Do’Urden is a dark elf who turns his back on the evil matriarchal society he was born into, called the Underdark. Since he left, he’s become a champion and hero of the Forgotten Realms world, appearing in nearly twenty books since his first appearance in Homeland, in 1990.
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A Kiss of Shadows – Laurell K. Hamilton
The first in the Merry Gentry series, this book introduces an alternate history of the world (much like Hamilton’s best-selling Anita Blake series; where vampires are legal citizens) – Merry is the daughter of a king, and therefore, a princess. However, she must return to the faerie mounds underground to face her aunt, who wants Merry to give her an heir to the Unseelie Court.
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Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clarke
Another alternate-history novel – this one about the return of magic to England, courtesy of the two title gentlemen. They deal with magic, fairies, and enchantments, and famed members of fairy stories and courts.
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Faefever – Karen Marie Moning
Third in the series that started with Darkfever, Faefever picks up with the protagonist MacKayla Lane finding a piece of her murdered sister’s journal. Still seeking answers in the dark world she now inhabits, MacKayla must make alliances, and still accomplish her destiny – the finding of a book that claims to hold the key to power over the worlds of Fae and Man. This is far from her last chance, though – author Moning has two more “Fever” books in the works.
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