The Fairy Queen of Spencer’s Butte
(author provided review copy)
What can I say about Jolene Dawe’s new book? Jolene’s a bosom friend so I heard about The Fairy Queen of Spencer’s Butte, being currently available for Kindle and paperback, and pdf from its earliest inception. And I’ve looked forward to reading it just as long. The book encompasses 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 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 what she now owes to them. And that is—well, I’m not going to tell you. You’ll just have to read it to find out.
Don’t let the fact that I know her, or that she’s about to host me on her blog, sway you away from this title. I urge you to give it a try. 🙂 I think fans of mythic flavored tales will enjoy it very much.
If you’d like to know more about Jolene Dawe and her wonderful works, see her site: The Saturated Page.