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Subject: Fae
Date Posted: 12/29/2010 11:04 PM ET
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Hi everyone! I am looking for adult books with fae as main characters. I noticed most of these books are young adult. I have read the Merry Gentry books by Laurell K Hamilton, and I love those, but I am having a hard time finding other authors whose storyline revolve around faerie worlds. Thanks for all your help!

Date Posted: 12/30/2010 1:14 AM ET
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Tinker by Wen Spencer.  (SciFi with fae)

Seanan McGuire's series starting with Rosemary and Rue

Date Posted: 12/30/2010 1:23 AM ET
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Well, Elizabeth Bear's Blood and Iron is maybe my favorite novel with fae characters. . . but it's rather dense and YMMV. Lots and lots (and lots!) of mythological and literary references.

If you didn't need it to be in a contemporary setting then there are more I'd recommend: Patricia McKillip's Winter Rose is a mix of Tam Lin and the Snow Queen; The King of Elfland's Daughter, by Lord Dunsany, and Hope Mirrlees' Lud-in-the-Mist are both about people going to fairyland; oh, and another contemporary novel with fae characters is Orson Scott Card's Magic Street, which is probably the most accessible of all the books I've mentioned, despite plenty of Shakespearean references. ;)

Date Posted: 12/31/2010 9:15 PM ET
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I second Winter Rose.  I really enjoyed that one.

Another one you might look into is Tad Williams' The War Of The Flowers.  It is almost entirely set in the fairyland, and almost all the characters are either fae or fairies of some sort or another.  But neither of these have the strong romance component the one you mentioned does.

If you're wanting something more like the Merry Gentry series, Karen Marie Morning has a couple of paranormal romance series with large fae components.  I think the first book of the Fever series is Darkfever and the first Highlander book is  Beyond the Highland Mist. Since I'm not a romance fan, I can't vouch for either nor am I sure if it's the main characters who are fae,  but they're both reasonably popular.

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Subject: Glenn Cook's Garret Series
Date Posted: 1/1/2011 10:41 PM ET
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This series is Sam Spade meets the Elves, centaurs, et al.  It is a lot of fun and definitely grown up reading without getting too detailed in the bedroom.

Date Posted: 1/4/2011 8:38 AM ET
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I just got the first "Rosemary and Rue" book based on the above rec, and like it a lot!  "Magic Street" was great, too; a little different for Orson Scott Card.

"War of the Flowers" did not do much for me; I like them more when the Fae are in our contemporary world.

But most of the above books are not even in my local library. Sigh. Guess I'll get them on my WL!

Date Posted: 1/8/2011 1:52 AM ET
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I recommend the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. LOVE this series. It begins with Darkfever, and there are a total of 5 books in the series. The last one just came out, so if you start now all the books are able to be read.

Date Posted: 1/15/2011 2:11 PM ET
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"Midsummer Night", a relatively new book by a British writer, Freda Warrington (I think, something like that last name) is fabulous, and probably most of her main characters are Fae---she calls them Aertherials, but seems the same to me---along with humans.

Contemporary times, real-world setting, but lots of magic. She had an earlier one called "Elfland" that was also good---contemporary and fae--but a lot less fae, as I recall.

Date Posted: 1/28/2011 4:08 AM ET
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You might enjoy Mark Del Franco's Connor Grey books.   He, Connor, is not Fey, however he used to work (before he was crippled) for the Fey Investigations Bureau.  The first book starts out with a murdured Fey prostitute.  The books are Unshapely Things, Unquiet Dreams, Unfallen Dead, and due in April Uncertain Allies.

Subject: try Anya Bast - "Wicked Enchantment" and "Cruel Enchantment"
Date Posted: 1/31/2011 9:46 PM ET
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also  read Richelle Meads cooks that are Fae type - like her "dark swan" series - "storm Born" etc - not sure it's Fae.

plus C.E. Murphy has a new Fae type book called " Truthseeker" - haven't read yet but  her stuff in good. 


Like the books already recommended - esp. The Fever series and the "october" books by Mcguire are excellent.

Subject: oohps meant Richelle Meads' Books (not cooks) lol
Date Posted: 1/31/2011 9:47 PM ET
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Subject: fae
Date Posted: 2/3/2011 7:19 PM ET
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A really great series is the Tarien Soul series by C. L. Wilson. One of the best series I have ever read.  Characters are Fae, but not in the "fairy" sense that a lot of Fae are.  Lots of magic, great world building, amazing love story and charactes that you will easily fall in love with.