Faeries, Elves, and Goblins by Rosalin Kerven: Review

Title: Faeries, Elves, and Goblins
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Publisher: National Trust Books
Publication Date: November 2013
Number of Pages: 213
Series: Stand Alone
Reason for Discovery: ARC
 
This book was generously donated by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
 
From GoodReads:
 
Weaving mystical tales of changelings, mischief, treasure, and enchantment this collection presents 25 stories which keep folklore heritage alive. Interspersed with spotlight features on faery folklore, including fascinating quotes drawn from medieval manuscripts and both written and oral folklore, these tales cover faery morals, elvish misdemeanors, the spells cast by goblins, and the sightings of the creatures, as well as their dealings with mortals. The enchanting stories, rewritten to engage a new generation, are each attributed to a British region. With charming illustrations from favorite illustrators throughout, this book reminds readers of the enduring appeal of folklore and mystery for all generations.
 
This is a collection of tales about faeries, elves, and goblins. These faeries are not Disney-fied, so as an adult I enjoyed them, but they may not all be appropriate for a younger audience. These are the old stories about faeries that steal away fair maidens and clean your house as long as you are kind to them. This book contains 30 short fairy tales.

This book was simply fantastic. I love these tales. I am a big fan of shows like Supernatural and Lost Girl. These tales are the foundation for some of those television show episodes. These stories are short enough that you can read one a night. A bonus of this is that you can savor the 30 tales over the course of a month. One thing that makes me very happy about this book is that in the back of the book is a complete lists of sources and works consulted. I love when authors do this, so you have a starting point if you want to learn more about these stories. Also, if you find that a story doesn't seem correct, you can see where the author got her information.
 
4 out of 5 Faeries
 
 

12 comments:

kimbacaffeinate said...
November 2, 2013 at 8:31 PM

I love these types of tales and folklores. You find the most clever books. Wonderful review and I like the cover on this.

Pamela D said...
November 3, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Aww, thanks! I was so excited when I found this book, because I love reading traditional tales and folktales too. :)

Pabkins said...
November 4, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Oh my goodness I need this - not disney-fied indeed. This is for meeeee

Pamela D said...
November 5, 2013 at 8:34 PM

:) I know what you mean! If I am going to read fairy tales, I want the scary ones in which few people live happily ever after (or if they do, they paid a price for it).

Chene Sterckx said...
November 6, 2013 at 5:55 AM

I love Fairy lore and all things mystical :) what a great review, once again I love your variety Pamela!

Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

Pamela D said...
November 6, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Fairy lore is fantastic. I love all things magical. :)

Berls said...
November 8, 2013 at 6:05 PM

How cool! I think I'll be checking this one out, but potential for my use in school, not just fun reading. I love that the sources are documented! Thanks for sharing :-)

Greg said...
November 8, 2013 at 6:25 PM

This looks great! I like faerie lore as well and especially tales that are not just for kids. I will definetly be checking this one out. Thanks!

Kimberly @ Turning the Pages said...
November 9, 2013 at 12:35 PM

This looks really good :) I love a good book about Faeries, Elves and Goblins! Thanks for the rec Pamela.
- Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

Pamela D said...
November 10, 2013 at 11:13 PM

I love it when authors cite their sources when they are writing nonfiction. :) I guess it is too many years of grad school. :)

Pamela D said...
November 10, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Me too! I like the older faerie tales. In one of the Grimm's fairy tales, a mean witch gets an anvil dropped on her head. Not that I support dropping anvils on people's heads, but the stories do strongly suggest that you should be nice to people. :)

Pamela D said...
November 10, 2013 at 11:16 PM

I hope that you enjoy it! :)

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