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I love me a fairy tale, whether the Fae therein are portrayed as good or bad (as they seem to be often interchangeable in the various mythos in which they appear). The Fae in this one are pretty obviously the bad Fae, and I'm down with it. Dark, scary Fae are okay.
It took me a little while to truly get into. The story didn't really latch on to my attention until about 1/4 of the way in or so. Once we got a bit settled down with Kloss, I was completely immersed. The shifting POV between Selena, Kloss, and Devin gave a nice view of the whole story from multiple angles. I really liked Selena's 'I'M THE BOSS' attitude. I'm excited to see how she deals with the situation that is arising. I'm also excited to see if everyone puts their differences aside, so to speak, to deal with what has become an entirely larger problem than Vikings vs the locals, in the end.
The narrator of this book was amazing. Accents on point (though, I might have made the Bjornmen ah... Scandinavianer, which is a word I just made... but I'll roll with this). Stress in the right places. Out-of-breathiness when it fit. He told this story very well, and I do really hope that we get audio versions of books 2 and 3 of this trilogy with this same narrator. My fingers are crossed.
Really well done!
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The premise of Fae The Wild Hunt, Book 1, is a large, medieval-like mainland is separated from a cluster of islands by an ocean that is very difficult to navigate. The islands have limited resources, and the people raid the mainland for food and other goods. The culture of the people on the islands is focused on raising young boys into warring raiders adept at navigating the ocean. If it sounds similar to medieval Europe being raided by Vikings, it is, but there are many differences that set this world apart.
The story moves between a few main characters on both the mainland and the islands. They're very different in their culture, motivations, and outlook on how to live and survive. In the opening chapters, we are witness to a tragic story of a boy and his family being attacked by bandits while travelling on the mainland. The Grimdark kicks in with an introduction of one of the Fae when the boy and his mother stumble into the forest. The Fae is a humanoid creature with glowing orange eyes that has absolute contempt for the boy when anyone else would show empathy and care. It's clear that the Fae are evil and very angry at humans. We don't know why at this point, but what sets this story apart from others is the very detailed description of the Fae, how the world reacts to the area the Fae are in, and the absolute terror on the part of the humans who come across them. There's a larger backstory of the Fae being locked away in another 'world' and they're slowing breaking their bonds, allowing them to walk the world of humans again for the first time in over 100 generations. The action really kicks in when more Fae appear in the world and come across the mainland nations attempting to defend themselves from a large island raiding force.
The story is narrated very well by Jonny McPherson. But, be warned that Mr. McPherson yells when a character shouts orders, laughs, cries, and other similar sounds that act out the emotions of the characters. It takes some getting used to, but in the end, I nearly forgot that one person narrated this story, all the characters sounded unique.
I enjoyed Book 1 in this series, and I'm a few chapters already into Book 2. Creepy, eerie, and it's very suspenseful - the Fae are powerful and it's difficult for me to see how the humans are going to defend against the onslaught.
I really enjoyed this audiobook! a good story with unexpected plot turns. I really empathised with all the lead roles which were well portrayed. Best of all though was the narration! If I could give it a six I would have!
This book reminded me of the Norman and Viking invasions of England in 1066, but in a fantasy setting.
It follows a number of different story arcs, which coverge in an exciting finale.
I found all of the POV characters interesting and am looking forward to seeing how the storylines continue in the next book.