Review: Trailer Park Fae by Lilith Saintcrow

August 11, 2015 Books, Reading, Reviews 0 ★★★★

Review: Trailer Park Fae by Lilith SaintcrowTrailer Park Fae by Lilith Saintcrow
four-stars
New York Times bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow returns to dark fantasy with a new series where the fairy world inhabits diners, dive bars and trailer parks.

Jeremiah Gallow is just another construction worker, and that's the way he likes it. He's left his past behind, but some things cannot be erased. Like the tattoos on his arms that transform into a weapon, or that he was once closer to the Queen of Summer than any half-human should be. Now the half-sidhe all in Summer once feared is dragged back into the world of enchantment, danger, and fickle fae—by a woman who looks uncannily like his dead wife. Her name is Robin, and her secrets are more than enough to get them both killed. A plague has come, the fullborn-fae are dying, and the dark answer to Summer's Court is breaking loose.

Be afraid, for Unwinter is riding...
Series: Gallow & Ragged #1
Published by Orbit on June 23rd 2015
Genres: Speculative Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.

This was an odd book. Not that that’s negative; in fact, I actually liked the book quite a lot. But Saintcrow has managed to write the fae so alien that I felt slightly off kilter during my entire read, and that’s an impressive feat.

The book is filled nearly to overflowing with the florid, twisted language of the fae, and even though the book is definitely written in English, the style Saintcrow uses here does much to remind the reader that these creatures are definitely not like us mere mortals. It’s a bit difficult to read–it slowed my pace considerably–but it’s not off-putting for me. I thought it was complex and beautifully done.

I didn’t feel like I got a really strong sense of who the main characters, Jeremiah Gallow and Robin Ragged, were underneath all their motives. They’re interesting characters, to be sure, and I’d like to read more about them. But they both keep things close to their chests, and that comes across in the prose as well. They are both driven by their responsibilities to people that they’ve lost, and that combined with the suspicious nature of the fae themselves, it leads to two characters who can’t connect, not yet. It was a bit frustrating but also very intriguing.

I think this is a great addition to the urban fantasy world, particularly in how it deals with fae and how bizarre they are. But… the title and the cover don’t really fit the tone of the book. When I saw Trailer Park Fae, I figured it would be of the snarky variety of UF, but nope. This is a melancholy book that takes every opportunity it can to twist the knife in the heroes’s backs. So please don’t go into this book expecting it to match the brightness of the cover or the slight awkwardness of the title. If you’re looking for dark urban fantasy with one of the best portrayals of the sidhe I’ve ever read, this is the book for you.