I've known Feists "Krondor" books (and the video game) since my early youth. But I didn't knew he wrote horror stories until I recently stumbled across this book. Bought it, read it.. and was surprised how well this (kind of simple) story works out. One can easily see that this man can write. You will definitely recognize his style by the witty remarks his characters give, the description of the scenery. But on the other hand this is not the deepest Story one has ever created. More like a book you find on the "reduced price" pile at your local store (in Germany, we call this "Schundromane" ;)). But it's an easy and entertaining read, so give this one a try.
Let me cut to the chase. I loved this book! I simply could not put it down. I only lament the fact that I had left it sitting unread on my bookshelf for years. It is really unlike anything else I have ever before read. The book that comes closest is "The Stolen Child" by Keith Donohue. So, if you enjoyed that book, you will definitely enjoy this one.
In this book, the author, who is renowned for his epics in the fantasy genre, gives the reader a contemporary tale interspersed with elements of fantasy and horror. Well-written and highly imaginative, the author fully engages the reader with this finely crafted story about a family who, seeking respite from the pressures of our modern day world, move from California to a small hamlet in upstate New York. Little do they know that their new home, set in a bucolic, rural setting, is really a gateway to another world, one that is inhabited by creatures of ancient lore. They will soon discover that looks can be deceiving and that ancient forces are at work all around them.
Be prepared to be swept away by magical portents and a faerie world that exists side by side with our world. Know that the battle between good and evil is ever present. This is a wonderfully told tale of a family that finds itself engulfed by events beyond their ken. So skillfully does the author tell this dark, well-crafted story that the unbelievable quickly becomes believable, fully engaging the reader in an absorbing book that the reader will find impossible to put down. Bravo!
I'm reading this back to-back with the "Serpent War Silliness Saga", cause our local library has gone a little Feist-crazy and bought all of his books. Anyway, it's really hard to believe that the excellent one-of-a-kind dark fantasy/horror-novel "Faerie Tale" is written by the same guy responsible for the awful and inconsistent "Serpent War Stupidity"-series. Perhaps those were really written by some untalented hack and published under the Feist name/trademark? I wish the real Raymond E.Feist would turn to dark fantasy/horror, but unfortunately another sequense of "Midkemian Boredom" is probably a more lucrative deal.
And, as I'm sure you might guess by reading the generally good reviews for the books of Raymond E. Feist, his books are in fact pretty good. I certainly like them. And I loved this one. It is not his typical fantasy book, though, so readers of his other works should keep that in mind. This book is more of a cross between modern suspense/horror and fantasy. It is a great read, one of those hard to put down kinda books. Mr. Feist weaves a delightful tale that will thrill you page after page. He has a very interesting idea about how things might be with regards to the 'handling' of supernatural events, also. I won't say more, so as not to spoil anything, as this part of the tale comes at the end. But if you are intrigued by the concept, other writers such as Katherine Kurtz sort of work a similiar idea in some of their tales. At any rate, this is one of my favorite books to recommend, so that is what I shall do. Recommend it to you!
Even though being a bit on the darker side, this book is nevertheless quite a beauty. Feist managed to place a fantasy story in our time without making it look ridiculous, and which kept me thrilled to the last page. And that even though i usually don't like books where kids are the main characters. One of the few books that doesn't read as if you already did, just from another author. I can only recommend getting it, if you can.
Just when you thought it was safe to escape to the countryside, you're fighting half-seen horrors that make your flesh creep. "Faerie Tale" is an excellent rendition of the Legends We Thought We Were Too Modern To Believe Suddenly Start To Get To Us fable. Those who enjoyed Faerie Tale might also like the "Dark Is Rising" series by Susan Cooper--billed as young-reader books but enjoyable by adult fantasy fans, too.
I read this about 6 years ago and will remember it always as one of the most haunting stories I have read. Having read over 1500 novels, that says a lot. Whilst reading this I happened to be listening to a personal stereo playing the album Moods (includes titles like Twin Peaks theme, Chi Mai and Inspector Morse theme). The album and the book created a spellbinding atmosphere and I would definitely recommend you do the same. The scene I recall most fondly is where the daughter gets lost on her horse in the forest and meets Aerial for the first time, in the form of a blacksmith, and is enraptured.
I have read this book once and that was about a mth ago and now I'm reading it for the 2nd time at the moment... This is one of his best books ever I think... Keeps the reader wanting to know more about what is going to happen to this Irish family and those who are friends or accqautinces of the family... A must read book... Totally gripping aand keeps you wanting to know more... This book would have to be my all time fav book in the world and he would have to be my fav writer... This boook is for those who don't even like fantasy/horror/Sci-Fic.... AN EXCELLENT AND MUST READ BOOK