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Elfland (Aetherial Tales) [Hardcover]

Freda Warrington
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  • Hardcover: 462 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (18 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765318695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765318695
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 14.5 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 637,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy 10 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Elfland is a faerie tale for adults, a true faerie tale in that the book deals with a race of beings called Aetherials, who were what the humans thought were faeries; angels, vampires or demons. The mythology is great, but it is also an all too human tale of love, loss, fear and courage.

I can't condense the plot too much; it is too epic to even try, and this is only one of the first books in this new series. The story mainly concerns two families, the Foxes and the Wilders who live on earth but are Aetherial in nature and desire. Lawrence Wilder is the Gatekeeper; mad as a hatter living in the fortress-like house of Stonegate. The Aetherials can move between worlds on the night of the Summer Stars when the Gatekeeper opens the portal between the worlds; but one night he refuses to do so, spouting out about a great danger that awaits if he even tries. But is he just delusional or is there really something out to get them?

This book was a joy to read. I'm not normally a fan of urban fantasy, but for some reason this one drew me in and I felt like I was in the book with the characters and all the strange and wondrous places they visited. The romance flowed with the story, it didn't just suddenly apppear out of nowhere as if the author just wanted to put the romance in. The romance was part of it from the beginning. The book draws you in and by the end you feel you too have gone on a strange quest and come out relatively unscathed.

A keeper.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Elfland centres around the community of Aetherials, members of a fairy race who have chosen to live in the human world, indistinguishable from regular mortals. Once every seven years, Lawrence Wilder throws open the Gates between the worlds to allow access to the fairy realm, known as the Spiral. However, when the book opens Lawrence refuses to open the Gates and instead seals all entrances to the Spiral in order to keep the Aetherials safe from a threat which he will not name. Some continue with their lives, becoming increasingly human, while others resent Lawrence's decision and try to find ways to force his hand. Meanwhile the Aetheiral children grow up without ever having visited their magical homeland and both Rosie Fox and her brother Matthew marry humans. But Rosie is continually tempted by a life outside of her mundane, human existence, epitomised in the form of tempting bad boy Sam Wilder. Like the problem of the gates, this cannot be ignored and soon things reach boiling point.

I'm sure there are a great many people out there who love this book, but personally I found it very frustrating. What this book reveals about the Aetherials and the world inside the Spiral as fascinating, but I felt that the fact that the characters were part of a semi-immortal race of fairies was irrelevant for about 70% of the plot which instead focused around normal, mundane things like family relationships and whether the heroine will choose her safe, ordinary husband or the attractive bad boy that she seems unable to resist (hmmmm, I wonder how that will work out. No prizes for guessing). At times it seemed that the only special thing about being Aetherial is that it leads to lots of really great sex.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Promised so much, delivered so little 4 Sep 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Elfland (Tor Fantasy)

My low rating of this book pains me since my expectations were so high, given that I have been a fan of Freda Warrington for years. The concept promised so much and I felt that Freda was well positioned, given her wondrous Blackbird fantasy series as well as other fantasy tales, to deliver something truly magical. For all that `Elfland' is set in a land of a fae race of beings, there is little magic in it. I was ready to be taken into a world ruled by old magic, old belief systems, where spirits such as elves, faeries and elementals play a very real part in people's lives and fortunes. The story is set in the modern day where humans live alongside a fae race, but only on occasion do we see glimpses of the fairy world. The concentration on the mundane details of human daily life - which should only punctuate the magical, fairy world - overtakes it, and renders the sudden switches to `Elfland' rather unbelievable and slightly ridiculous.

Perhaps there is also an over reliance on the romantic aspect of the story, as other reviewers have suggested. However I am more than happy with romance in my fantasy, so was propelled along by this, only to be disappointed by the unreality of situations. Freda is normally fantastic at building characters you can understand and love, however I felt she didn't do justice to her characters in this book and many were one-dimensional and often predictable. She made you love the character of Jon - the beautiful, long-haired, poetic Wilder son - but his troubled story is never properly resolved which made me very annoyed and frustrated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Magical! 30 Aug 2012
By Mel
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I began to read Elfland, having previously read Freda's Blood Wine Trilogy and at first it didn't appeal as much. I thought it may be written with a younger audience in mind, a kind of Harry Potter meets His Dark Materials. We meet Rosie, aged 9, then again aged 14 and we learn of 'fylgia' which at first reminded me of Pullman's'demons'.
I'm really pleased I kept reading as it rapidly became much more interesting as Rosie grew older. There is so much depth that a short review can hardly do it justice. I liked it more than Pullman's Northern Lights etc. The characters are so real, though they live in an extra sensory reality. Other reviews have criticised the story for being either too much focussed on day to day happenings, or having too much fantasy. The author cannot win here as different readers want different things. For me the mix was just about right. I like day to day life being coloured with otherwordly sensitivities and Freda Warrington does this so well. The description is amazing as if she actually visited these places, felt these things. It just blends and doesn't feel false at all. For me, this makes this genre an ideal escape from reality which is what I'm looking for when I turn off the TV.
The idea of 'fade' and 'Spiral' took me back to the 'Crystal Ring' in the Vampire stories, though I stress for those who don't like vampires, there are none in Elfland. It is a complete story, and I understand that the next book in what will be a trilogy has different characters living in the same worlds. I've just bought it and I'm looking forward to reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read
This is only the second book I have bought by Freda but I will defiantly be getting more. Each one has left me unable to put it down!
Published 5 months ago by Effie87
4.0 out of 5 stars Naughty Faeries!
Read this as I loved the Blood Wine Trilogy and it didn't disappoint. Yes it is is a little slow to warm up and you'll have to stick with the first few chapters but that's because... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Miss_MP
4.0 out of 5 stars Elfland
I had not heard of Freda Warrington until I found myself buying and reading book 1 of her jewelfire trilogy from a poundsaver. Read more
Published on 5 July 2012 by Boo Brooks
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as I expected
I am a huge fan of both fantasy and paranormal romance, and having read Warringtons Blackbird series 20 years ago as a teenager, this new book seemed to cover both bases. Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2010 by Decca
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous fantasy
Elfland by Freda Warrington is a gorgeous, intricate fantasy. I couldn't put it down. Beautiful!
Published on 9 Feb 2010 by Mary Beth Bass
5.0 out of 5 stars Elfland
I loved this book. At nearly 67 years of age, I could have wept when I finished it. I tried to make it last as long as I could, but eventually the last page was turned and now I... Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2010 by Catwoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off if you don't normally read fantasy
The writing is so good, the characters so believable, and the story spellbinding, that I was completely drawn in to the worlds created by Ms Warrington. Read more
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