Review | Fairies: The Myth, Legends, and Lore by Skye Alexandra

Title: Fairies: The Myth, Legends, & Lore
Author: Skye Alexandra
Genre: Folklore
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication: February 18, 2014
Read: January 2020
Format: Digital
Pages: 224
Rating: 3 Caffeinated Stars

3 Caffeinated Stars

Goodreads Summary:

An enchanting treasury of fairy lore!

Around the corner, behind the bushes, and just out of sight…fairies have spent hundreds of years weaving their way in and out of our homes and gardens to spread their magic. Featuring folklore, mythology, and poetry from around the world, this lovely collection reveals these ethereal spirits’ extraordinary powers and the history behind their existence. From the case of the Cottingley fairies in the early twentieth century, whose photographs fooled thousands (including Arthur Conan Doyle), to the mischievous fairies found in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the fascinating stories surrounding these magical sprites are sure to captivate anyone who has ever dreamed of catching one hiding deep within her flowerbed. Whether you’re interested in exploring the history and culture or just want to learn more about fairies’ powers and trickery, you’ll love plunging into the enchanting tales that bring these whimsical creatures to life.

Complete with hundreds of lovely illustrations, Fairies reveals the magnificent beauty of these mesmerizing sprites as well as their knack for causing mischief.

My Thoughts:

I’ve had this book borrowed from Kindle Unlimited for a few months, but I never found the time to read it. As you all by now should know, I love Faeries. I’ve fallen in love with many mythical creatures, but faeries have always had a special place in my heart. Since I started #FaeFriday, I figured it was time to brush up on my faery facts, which is surprisingly nonexistent.

"Capricious characters, fairies embody good and evil, innocence and passion, playfulness and treachery—the juxtaposition of opposites is part of their appeal."

This book will be perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about faeries and fairytales. I have to admit, I wanted more focus on the fae and not on all of the fairytales. Yes, it was fascinating, but at times it felt that the author ran out of things to say on the fair folk.

"Like dreams, fairy tales give us a way to see ourselves, our motivations, and the hidden parts of ourselves more clearly. They also show us the world in which we live, what it expects of us, and how to navigate its waters safely."

Though the content was thorough, I wish this book didn’t feel like a chore to read. At times I had to remind myself that I was reading this for pleasure and not for a class. It truly read like a textbook. I appreciated that there were citations, and I’m looking forward to diving into some of the sources she referenced.

"The Irish people often call them “the Gentry” out of respect. Deep in the burrows beneath their sacred mounds, the sidhe live in magnificent castles made of gold and jewels—hidden from human eyes, of course."

Ultimately, if you’re looking for a textbook on fairies and fairytales, this might be a good fit. Want to try this book out? Here’s the buy links!

Amazon, Goodreads

"Capricious characters, fairies embody good and evil, innocence and passion, playfulness and treachery—the juxtaposition of opposites is part of their appeal."

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