Trailer Park FaeSeries: Gallow and Ragged, #1
by Lilith Saintcrow
Published by Orbit on June 23rd 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
New York Times bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow returns to dark fantasy with a new series where the fairy world inhabits diners, dive bars and trailer parks.
Jeremy Gallow is just another construction worker, and that's the way he likes it. He's left his past behind, but some things cannot be erased. Like the tattoos on his arms that transform into a weapon, or that he was once closer to the Queen of Summer than any half-human should be. Now the half-sidhe all in Summer once feared is dragged back into the world of enchantment, danger, and fickle fae—by a woman who looks uncannily like his dead wife. Her name is Robin, and her secrets are more than enough to get them both killed. A plague has come, the fullborn-fae are dying, and the dark answer to Summer's Court is breaking loose.
Be afraid, for Unwinter is riding...
For a while now I have been distracted by straight up romances and anything of the young adult variety. I was missing my roots, where I started. So I began looking for new urban fantasy titles and “Trailer Park Fae” caught my eye for several reasons.
First, and probably the obvious one for me, is the cover. If I see Daniel Dos Santos cover-art, I’m immediately interested in whatever book it’s gracing. Or at the very least, I’ll take a second look. I’ve been a fan of his work for some time now.
Second, the fae. I love those quirky, full of themselves, otherworldly, brutally vicious, non-sense talking fae. Dark court, light court, summer or winter court – I’ve seen them all and you never know which is the bad or good. Ms. Saintcrow’s world is especially unique because the halflings (half-human, half-fae people) played such a huge role in the story.
If you can get past the legendary, cryptic fae-speak in the beginning of the book, you will be treated to an anything goes story of intrigue, trust, and family dynamics. You wouldn’t think those go together. But there are a lot of things that happen in this book that I never imagined could ever happen! We’re talking maiming and killings, frying people in the sun. It’s absolutely fantastic! And Ms. Saintcrow does a fantastic job capturing those images and putting them into words on the screen/paper. Ms. Saintcrow’s writing is extremely visual.
Going into this story, I thought it was all about Jeremy Gallow. Turns out, my favorite character is Robin Ragged, somewhat the other half of the story. After how everything went down in the end, I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in the series.
If you’re a fan of the fae, you’ll enjoy another view of the culture. If you’re new the fae world, you may want to sit this one out and go for something a wee bit easier. I can help if you need suggestions!