The Laird of Duncairn by Craig Comer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There's something special about Fantasy, or Urban Fantasy, or Science Fiction, Horror, Steampunk--any kind of Speculative Fiction really--when it is molded in the hands of a master. The world-building that enchants, the characters who demand and receive all your empathy, the plot that twists and turns, endangering your favourite characters yet enabling their evolution--all that makes a story priceless. I give you the fantastic 'gaslamp fantasy" LAIRD OF DUNCAIRN, which happens to be Book 1 of FEY MATTER by Craig Comer (I can't wait to read Book 2). If you don't immediately fall in love with this book, I'd be very surprised (or you've unfortunately become the dread Jaded Reader). I loved it.
Set in alternative late 19th century Scotland, when the Fey are hunted and shunned pretty much in the status of the 17th century Witch Hunts, a young orphaned half-blood (half-Fey) girl who has incredible apport with all animals proves to be the only one who can stop the oncoming Human-Fey Conflict.
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