The Fairy Queen of Spencer's Butte and Other Tales
Paperback, 251 Pages
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In the Willamette Valley: a queen gathers her court around her in a new land and dares to hope for love; a mother protects her daughter no matter the cost; a dragon lies slumbering, forgotten by the world; a grieving man struggles to honor the dying wish of a loved one; the past and the present collide. Gathered within these pages are thirteen tales centered around Eugene, Oregon and its environs, exploring the magic and wonder of this lush green valley.
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Aug 29, 2012Oh, wow. What can I say about Ms. Dawe’s new book? Fairy Queen of Spencer’s Butte is her latest collection of tales of magic and mystic wonder fueled by the landscape around Eugene, Oregon, of which she is clearly fond. But this is no mere travelogue. In these tales, she twists reality to create a stage for the mythic side of nature. Each story tells of an underground (quite literally in some cases) community of faeries, werecats, werefolk of all species, dryads and trolls making their lives among the mortal community of the area. I enjoyed them all, but I think the standouts among the collection were The Elk King, about a young woman who, finding herself lost in the woods, happens upon a ruffian who offers her rest, and a place to spend a long dark night. Nine months later, the woman realizes her baby is the Elk King’s son and that discovery leads to true love, and a little insanity. Crown her With Poppies, is a dragon tale of a different sort, a love story between two different... More > peoples that results in war, and sorry. The title story The Fairy Queen of Spencer’s Butte, tells of a young woman who is saved after a vicious rape and tended to by the Fairy Queen and her people. From them the woman learns—well, I’m not going to tell you. You’ll have to read this wonderful collection yourself to discover all its secrets. Highly recommended for lovers of fantasy and myth.< Less
Apr 5, 2012This is an enchanting collection of short stories inspired by the breathtakingly beautiful and often downright weird Willamette Valley, the little slice of Oregon I (and the author) call home. The dedication reads simply “For the spirits of this place,” and this volume (a respectable-sized one, at 246 pages) is filled with spirits of all sizes, shapes and intentions: the eccentric and colorful guardians of an even more eccentric Pacific Northwest city; a southwestern cadejo (mischievous spirit dog) on a quest to rescue his best friend, a weretiger; a stranded woman who falls under the spell of a mysterious creature of the woods; a harried shopgirl charmed by a chance encounter with a man literally as old as the hills; a bullied child who receives help from an unlikely source; a bard who sings the praises of the Willamette River; an exiled fairy queen who dares to find love with a tormented mortal girl (the novella-length story of the title); a crow in search of a human nanny for his... More > offspring; a nixie who will stop at nothing to protect her daughter; a troll who goes a bit too far in pursuit of the nymph he adores; an apathetic middle aged wife and mother who finds release and meaning as a maenad; a man who honors his grandfather’s dying wish to rest in the keeping of the supernatural being he once loved; and (my favorite tale of all) a dragon princess captivated by the prince of her peoples’ enemies…to her undoing. In all, there are thirteen tales, all of them centered around the offbeat little city of Eugene, Oregon and its environs, each one more darkly shimmering and spellbinding than the last. At turns humorous, lyrical, compelling and insightful, Dawe’s sure storytelling hand and deft prose weave an enchantment as thick as the woods surrounding the butte itself (which, by the way, is the Willamette Valley’s highest point, a craggy peak surrounded by primeval forest). But be sure to leave yourself a trail of silvery stones–to catch the moonlight and mark your trail– as you wend your way into these deep, dark woods, because we all know what happens with bread crumbs: they get eaten by the crows! If you or someone you need a gift for loves the worlds of faerie, otherworldly beings, and sheer enchantment, treat them (or yourself) to this lush literary confection!< Less
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- Standard Copyright License
- Wild Hunt Press
- December 11, 2011
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.96 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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