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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Drollerie Press (1 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979808154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979808159
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,805,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Texas Aphrodite on 7 Jun. 2006
Format: Paperback
Very light read, lots of mythological references but not preachy. It was pretty fast paced and I liked it. Took me one and a half afternoons to finish (which isn't a bad thing, lol) and the series promises to be very exciting! Can't wait for the second book!
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Take a trip of a lifetime... 10 Jun. 2009
By LAS Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Take a trip of a lifetime...into the Unseelie Court of legend! And that is exactly where Meredith Holmes takes you in this beautifully written story. Come and immerse yourself in a land out of time and play with the pixies while trying to save the Courts of the Fae from destroying one another.

Cadfael and Alfhild are two of a kind, yet polar opposites. Where Alfhild is a contemporary human, very much at ease with her place and life in the modern world, Cadfael is a fae of many hundreds of years, and it shows; often. However, despite their vast differences, they are drawn to one another by forces beyond their control and the common bond of their blood. Their attraction, as well as Alfhild's reluctance, are both very real and endearing. It brings out so much of their inner personalities watching them deal with each obstacle.

Probably the only thing better than the hero and heroine in this story is the cast of supporting characters. Pixies abound, both helpful and not so much. Assorted faeries of both courts, a bad guy you love to hate, and a misunderstood Queen (or two!). My favorite, however, is the Cait Sidhe, Du, who is Cadfael's best friend and right hand man. He has the total feline personality. Easy going yet arrogant and playful.

Faery tales and Celtic mythology have always been keen interests of mine and Meredith Holmes combines them both seamlessly in this one story. She does a great job of mixing the old world myths with a very contemporary heroine. An updated version of a classic story sure to please the most avid lover of the Gentry.

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An interesting new novel from Meredith Holmes 17 May 2009
By Cherie Barstow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
When Alfhild was a little girl, her grandmother called her a fairy princess and told her all of her favorite tales. She'd never imagined they were real.

Now as a grown-up, Alfhild has changed her name and fled Louisiana, and the paparazzi that's been haunting her since her half-brother's murder accusations. She's now taken up residence in her grandmother's ancestral home in England, where all is well until the morning she awakens to find a naked man in her rosebush: a faerie prince by the name of Cadfael. And then the games begin....

All of a sudden, Alfhild is unwittingly drawn into the Faerie realm, becoming a pawn between the sparring Seelie and Unseelie Courts. And it seems her half-brother Gulliver is here too, playing for the other team....

Like me, you're probably thinking, oh no, not another faerie book! Aren't all these faerie realm books beginning to sound the same: young girl gets sucked into the realm, discovers her faerie prince, yada yada yada, and when all is said and done, lives happily ever after. This is what I was afraid of when I first started reading. But fortunately, this story had a few different things going for it to distinguish it from the standard "faerie tale" setup, and unlike many of the other faerie-based stories out there, this isn't a young adult book. For starters, we have Alfhild's half-brother, Gulliver, and her best friend, Jackie, both characters in the story who follow Alfhild from the human realm into the faerie realm. There are also several other interesting species besides human and fey, and several mythical beings from the old legends such as Jack of the Green and Jenny Greenteeth. Some very interesting characters to be sure! The unconventional methods by which Alfhild attempts to bring victory to the Unseelie Court in their never-ending battle with the Seelie is quite entertaining (she's such a ditz! LOL) and didn't follow any of the preconceived formulas of other stories I've read.

According to an online interview with Meredith, this book started it's life as a NaNoWriMo project which grew into three separate self-published novels. These three novels were then later combined to become the single book it is now. During my reading, I actually did find myself thinking this seemed to be quite a long book, though reading on my Kindle I couldn't quite give a specific page count. If I were to hedge a guess though, I'd have to say it would probably be over 400 print pages. The finished product could have done with a bit more editing before being released however as there were some incidents of bad grammar and awkward sentence structure, and even a few conflicting facts within the story itself which, for an obsessive reader like me, detracted a bit from the enjoyability of the reading. For future books, I'd like to see a bit more foreshadowing, allowing the reader to speculate a bit. Instead, it often seemed the facts were laid down as they happened, leaving little room for such speculation. But I truly believe some of these skills will come with more experience as a writer. And despite these minor drawbacks, I did enjoy the story overall, particularly for the differences cited above which allowed it to stand out from the crowd.

If you enjoy a good faerie story, you should enjoy this as well, and can pick up a copy for your Kindle here at Amazon, or directly from the publisher, Drollerie Press, in one of several other ebook formats.
Fae Fun! 12 Nov. 2009
By Alexandra - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This seems to be my year for media about the Fae and Unseelie! Between Hakushaku to Yousei (Earl and Fairy) anime, Eyes Like Stars* by Lisa Mantchev, Wonderous Strange by Lesley Livingston, My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent and now Unseelie...I'm just a little in heaven right now reading about lesser known mythical creatures.

If I had been AlfhildLorelei and I found a naked guy in my bush that happened to be hot, I'm not sure I would have reacted the same way. Weird, yes. But being a child of fantasy I would have immediately jumped to the conclusion that Big Major Adventure now awaits me. Like Alfhild ne` Lorelei I would have probably freaked out. I found it amusing that throughout the book she remarks about how typical heroines do this or that (depending on the genre), but she refuses to fall into that pattern. She does, sometimes, but then she admonishes herself to be more practical.

While I enjoyed Unseelie a lot, I felt at times that it should have been broken up into two or three books. A lot happens in Unseelie, but at the same time you aren't given time to digest what happened before when something new occurs. The e-book runs at 400 pages (roughly) there's plenty of Big Happenings, but the book could have benefited from focusing on one Big Happening and then writing another book about the Next Big Happening and so forth, to flesh out some characters (and motivations) and give the reader time to adjust to the changes.

I loved the interaction between Cadfael and Lorelei. The two of them sparked, giggled, fought and irritated the living daylights out of each other, but their conversations were always fun. Du, a cait-sith (a feline fae as it were, not related to the Sith of Star Wars thank you), is an amusing a quirky character. He was a little abrasive at first, but I grew to like him a lot by the end.

There's some assumption made that the reader will at least recognize some of the inhabitants of the Unseelie and Seelie Courts without too much prompting from the characters within. This was fine for me, since I grew up on these stories, but for those not really attuned to the Celtic lore confusion might abound until someone (usually Du or Cadfael) takes the time to remind Lorelei that she's being thick-headed and should remember things better.

Overall I enjoyed Unseelie a lot. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fantasy read that's both humorous but with dark touches or who found themselves wanting to know a little more about the creatures after reading other Fae related books.
Unseelie 29 Mar. 2011
By Bookaholic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
hmmm...how to review this...I really had no expectations going in as I had randomly come across the book on Amazon looking for something new to read. It was a very interesting story and it was very different in that the Unseelie are almost painted as the "good guys" while the Seelie are the bad guys...most stories about the Fae tend be "Seelie good" "Unseelie bad" so it was interesting to read the reverse. I really liked Lorelei/Alfhild even though a few times I thought she behaved like an idiot...and while I liked Cadfael I wish he had just told Lorelei everything in the beginning....although that would probably take away a lot of the story. All in all it was a good story and a fun read.

My * scale is slightly different then Amazon's..to me 3* is a good solid book not just "it's okay" which is why I did not give it 4 here.....
enchanting tale of the Fey!! I love it. 24 Jan. 2009
By S. Egeberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book because I love all things Fairy! This was a great book. I can't wait for the next book by Meredith! Thanks for all your hard work. I can feel all the descriptions given.
This was a great book. I am telling all my friends.
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