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Before history began, a legendary queen battled a foreign army, braved the death of her husband, and faced betrayal at the hand of someone she trusted. This is the story of Eire, Queen of the Faeries, the Immortal One, and the leader of the Tuatha de Danann.
To this day, her homeland, Ireland, bears her name, and this is the story of the war that drove the Immortal Ones into exile. It's also the tale of how she found help from an unexpected place, leading her to a love like she had never known before.
Fairytale Christmas is a story that spans thousands of years. It's also the beginning of all of our fairy tales and legends; it's where mortals and immortals survive because they love one another, proving that love is the greatest gift of all.
This is the first installment in the Saga of the Fair Folk, a journey that lasts until the end of time.
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By Kaci Hill on 01-28-18
Have you listened to any of Sally Hanan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This narrator is great and perfect for this story. It creates a haunting, surreal effect that's needed in this particular one.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I love Merrie's books. This one didn't disappoint.
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By sweetdeily on 01-30-18
solid research and strong voice
What made the experience of listening to Fairytale Christmas the most enjoyable?
the narration was top notch!
I love anything Sidhe. I fell in love with the Fae folk as a little girl- listening to my Grandfather tell me stories from Ireland and I have devoured all the old tales. I love reading about them, and even have written about them extensively myself.
Would you recommend Fairytale Christmas to your friends? Why or why not?
No. my friends don't like prophecy in their novels either.
What does Sally Hanan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I got chills when the first few lines of this story drifted into my ear.
Sally’s voice is perfect for this narration; soulful and with the tinge of mourning in tone, as the main character relates her sadness, she carried me into this ancient land with a smooth and strong hand. I love hearing Gaelic in the correct enunciation and the novel had a strong voice that Sally pulled right off the page.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Definitely would recommend this to anyone who likes stories about Sidhe; especially ones that are well researched and show it. You can tell Merrie has dug into not just her myths and legends, but the lifestyle and way of people in the bronze age.
Any additional comments?
I will admit, I think this is a great example of an audio book pulling something off that I wouldn’t have immersed into on a page; the scenes flowed very naturally when spoken.
I was really melting into the beautiful and haunting story when I did have a bit of a pull-back with words I’m not too keen on ‘ancient prophecy’ and ‘chosen one’-- these are giant red flags. Early in a novel they make me jump ship, and I am afraid they did this time too. But if they are not red-flags for you, read/listen on!