Beneath the Knowe
This is a rich and lyrical short story of fairyland, glamour, one woman’s courage and magical music.
Maeve is a resourceful young woman who wants more from life than marriage to a man she barely knows, and the mundane existence of her kin. She has music within, a glorious melodic soul that yearns to be heard, but women cannot be bards. When the fairies who ‘protect’ the clan take the chieftain’s baby son, Maeve’s nephew, nothing is to be done. Such is the bargain. Eventually, the menfolk challenge the fairies, and are sent home beaten and ashamed, minus the human infant.
It takes a woman, and a magical, musical soul to challenge the great Fairy King on his own turf -Maeve, and her music. Of course, bargaining with fairies has its price.
I loved this tale, with its vibrant imagery, innocent yet determined courage and a glimpse of the power of Anthea Sharp’s writing. Although this tale is short, it is enough of a taster to want more of this author’s work. I will definitely be venturing into fairyland with Ms Sharp again.
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Fairies, fair folk, imps, trolls, and pixies—they haunt our myths from Ireland to Iceland and everywhere else. Join in the fairy fun, or fairy fear, as good, bad, and mischievous they show themselves. Dare you take the trip to Fairyland? No one who returns is ever quite the same.
A 13 -book fairy bundle.
Flower Fairies by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Bride Thief by Brigid Collins
Feyland by Anthea Sharp
Phouka by Liz Pierce
The Giving Year by Alexandra Brandt
Summerland’s Paladin by Diana Benedict
Real Girl by Leslie Claire Walker
The Troll’s Belt by J.M. Ney-Grimm
The Clockwork Fairy Kingdom by Leah Cutter
The Kitchen Imps by A. L. Butcher
Faerie Fruit by Charlotte E. English
By Winter’s Forbidden Rite by DeAnna Knippling
Dark Dancer by Jaleta Clegg
The Lore of the Land: A Guide to England’s Legends, from Spring-heeled Jack to the Witches of Warboys by Westwood and Simpson
This is a fascinating book covering every county in England. Tales of ghosts, giants, heroes, villains, monsters, place-names, kings, witches and so much more. England has a very rich history of folklore – some of it very strange indeed! The accounts are about a paragraph or so each, interspersed with longer two-page spreads, images and at 900 or so pages is a hefty read. This is a must for any fan of English history, folk-lore, fairy tales, ghost stories, and the general oddness of folk.
Many of the counties had similar beliefs, some now seeming strange to us and some of the accounts are sad, some funny, and some just plain weird. Most are from the fairly recent or more distant past – when science was in its infancy and religion accounted for most people’s knowledge of the world. Yet it wasn’t clear cut as belief in god went hand in hand with belief in fairies, giants and dragons. You’d be surprised how many churches were moved; how often the Devil tried to drown/bury or otherwise play havoc with a town; how many dragons and giants stride the land and how many ghosts, headless horses and boggarts haunt us. This is a book which shows us the mythic past of England.
The book is long but a great resource, and a great book to dip into.