Title: Faeries, Elves, and Goblins
Author: Rosalind Kerven
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.
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