Source: Borrowed (Library)
Genre: Fae, Urban Fantasy
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.
Jeremy 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...
I have seen mixed things said about Trailer Park Fae. I have been wanting to read this book for a while simply because I loved the cover and the concept and when I saw Kristen over at Metaphors and Moonlight liked it I got excited about reading it all over again so I was so excited when I saw my library had it on their shelves (but they don’t have the rest of the series so I have to request it and see if they can order it in!). I am glad I read it. And Kristen asked how I read it so quickly? Let me tell you, once you get over the writing style I was totally absorbed.
The writing style of Trailer Park Fae is strange, to say the least. It’s really difficult to get used to. I full on had to read the first chapter twice because I felt like I was only understanding every third word. It’s very much a writing style you will either get used to and enjoy or absolutely hate. I get why it’s written the way it is. It’s written to suit the fae and their airy-fairy pretentious game playing confusingness. It’s like they speak in riddles with their games within games and every word is carefully chosen so that is how the book is written. You notice that as you switch character perspective the writing style changes slightly. For the characters, like Jeremy Gallow, who have been out of the Fae world and in the human one longer the writing style employed for them is a bit clearer and less round the houses to understand. Then, for characters like Robin, who live in the Fae world and experience the Fae court the writing for them is a lot more confusing. Once you get used to it it is easy to understand but it is a learning curve. I do think the writing style will be the main deterrent to people picking this book and this series up, which is sad but understandable.
If you manage to get through the writing style, though, you are rewarded with a really fun and interesting book. I like that there is a mystery to what’s going on and who is behind what with this story. This is very much about game playing and political intrigue and it’s fantastic. Sure, some of the mysteries were a bit obvious when they were ‘revealed’ but it was still enjoyable. I really want to get my hands on the next book because I need to know what happens next after that ending!
Have you read a book that had a really weird writing style but is good once you adapt? And what was the last really good urban fantasy book you read, I always need suggestions?