I haven't read anything by Feist that compares to this book. In fact, this is one of THE BEST fantasy novels I have read. I have recommended this book to several people, and they have all been floored by it. Yet the book seems to be relatively unknown.
The story takes place in our world in the present day. This is about the fairy world--hidden, but still existent in this modern age.
The book brings together present, mythic past, celtic lore, and a bit of eroticism. A must-read for any fantasy fan.
This book was an extremely fun journey, probably the most exciting of its genre I've read in the past year (next to Passage by Connie Willis)! I especially liked it because it took place in our "real" world but added a fairy tale/fantasy effect. It sort of justified my belief regarding the possibility that such creatures could really exist (although it WAS a fictitious novel). The book was very fun and could almost have been classified as a horror novel in my opinion.
The book's downside for me was when the story started to wander about 2/3 of the way through. I also thought the author threw in some characters and side stories that were irrelevant to the overall plot.
Nevertheless, I'm glad I discovered this book. :)
I found this book when I was a teenager, and it is so well written. It draws you in, and keeps you flipping pages long after bedtime! A wonderfully written "Faerie Tale". I enjoy rereading it several times a year. I wish they would make it into a movie, it would make a fantastic one! This book is a keeper.
This was a good dark fantasy set in the modern day. I liked the intermixing of Celtic mythical creatures with twentieth century people. I especially liked how the twins Patrick and Sean learn how to cope in the faerie world.
Kind of a creepy fairy tale, when this family moves into an old house with a fairy circle out in the woods behind the house. Well written, not too "Message" driven. I thought it was more fantasy when I bought it, but it's closer to a horror book.
Usually Raymond Feist writes long, detailed series of books. This book may be a one book read but it is engrossing and a bit frightening in the use of the faerie and the world that we live in. I read it twice it was so good and detailed.
Great urban fantasy. Next to _War for the Oaks_ (by Emma Bull) this is probably THE best "faerie tale" I've read. NOT a tale for children!
From the back cover:
" Phil Hastings was a lucky man--he had money, a growing reputation as a screen writer, a happy, loving family with three kids, and he'd just moved into the house of his dreams. Life was wonderful, full of magic and about to be irrevocably altered by a Magic more real than any he dared imagine.
For with the magic came the Bad Thing, and the Faerie and then the Fool...and the resurrection of a primordial war with a forgotten People--a war that only the Hastings, but the whole human race, could lose."
Interesting insertion of traditional folklore into a 1980's mystery tale.
A contemporary story set in rural upstate New York. Phil Hastings has a wonderful life full of magic - but then the Magic came with the Bad Thing, and the Faerie, and then the Fool...
A creepy mix of fantasy and horror. Definitely a book you stay up late to finish.
This book is a well written story with a somewhat unique slant on myths and legends.
The characters are well presented and believable and the supernatural elements are interesting and fast paced.
All in all a good read.