on 22 January 2008
To quote the blurb on the back of the book, "A Faerie Treasury is a magical reference to all things faerie! It's probably the most comprehensive faerie book ever written". A bold claim, you may be thinking but what the blurb says couldn't be further from the truth. In its 300+ pages, you learn about all the names of different types of faeries and their purpose, how to contact them, the various faerie monarchies, the flowers that will attract/repel the little magical folk, the location of various faerie forts etc.
After reading the above brief synopsis of this heavy tome, you may be thinking, Faeries? Ha! There's no such thing! If you have thought that, then you're quite entitled to your beliefs. However, I will put this question to you: if you believe that a man who could walk on water and perform numerous miracles existed 2,000 years ago, is it not possible that faeries exist too? It's important to keep an open mind when reading this book because if you don't, then you'd miss out on a great read. One of the wonderful things about A Faerie Treasury is that it captures your imagination from the very first page of chapter one. It was as if Alicen and Jacky sprinkled some faerie dust over the novel themselves because through their vivid descriptions of various faerie kings and queens and their surroundings, you become lost in an enchanted world and it rekindles the wonder and mysticism of your youth in you. An example of this is the description of King Paralda, "Paralda is visualised as a young man with long flowing fair hair. He is clad in clothes of a light and gauzy material in a pale blue, representing the sky at springtime." Another aspect of Ward's and Newcombe's book is the wealth of information and facts about faeries that I never knew before such as, butterflies are connected to the faeries and is possibly one of them in disguise, and bridesmaids were originally created in ancient times to ward off or confuse male faeries for it was believed that a bride would be taken if not protected. Facts like these really open your mind to this ancient race. The only flaw that I have encountered is that sometimes the authors may go into too much detail, especially the section on the flowers to lure the enchanted beings into your garden, which may cause you to skip a few pages but this is only a very minor flaw. At the start you may be a sceptic and may even think the authors are daft, but you'll have a completely different viewpoint by the time you reach the end.
Just like the mystical beings that it's based upon, A Faerie Treasury is a magical little book with rather lucid descriptions that leap out at you and charming real-life stories of encounters with the luminous, tiny, winged ones. Once you curl up and commence reading, you'll be "away with the faeries" but in a good way. It is definitely one of the best, if not the best book of its kind out at the moment. If you're interested or have a love for faeries then this is a must buy.
on 5 December 2007
I love this book! Have read Jacky Newcombe's book 'An Angel Treasury', and also am a fan of Alicen's book 'Fairiecraft'. It is lovely to read of other's interactions with faeries, along with Jacky and Alicen's own experiences.
I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in faeries, or even those who have read Jacky's previous books on Angels.
A beautiful insight into a magical world.
on 28 January 2009
I'm not terribly into faerie magic, preferring the magic in the bottom of a bottle of rum but I have used this book as a source for ideas on faerie magic for characters I've been thinking about putting into my fiction. I particularly liked the background information which was good for research and the hierarchy is particularly useful if I want to give a character some solid structured knowledge. It's definitely a great resource and a very useful reference book.