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There's a reason this book was out of print for so long...,
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This review is from: The King of Elfland's Daughter (Del Rey Impact) (Paperback)
'Charming', 'whimsical' and 'poetic' are some of the adjectives that can be used to describe this work; 'gripping', 'moving' and 'satisfying' are not. I don't doubt "The King etc" has a place in the development of fantasy but that place is a footnote. Or rather, it proves that Dunsany is not the exception to Gaiman's rule, that the British aristocracy are usually poor writers. There's a lot of cod-medieval description, not much plot, and then it all peters out. If you like the thought of Morris Dancers and Baldric singing "Hey nonny nonny" you may enjoy it. On the other hand, like Blackadder, you may want to give that man a whipping.