Trailer Park Fae by Lilith Saintcrow
Series: Gallow and Ragged #1
Published by Orbit
Published on: June 23, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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New York Times bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow returns to dark fantasy with a new series where the faery 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...
Let me just start out by saying that this book wasn’t what I expected. Dark Urban Fantasy—most definitely, but the title and blurb led me to believe that there would also be a generous helping of humour, or snark which there wasn’t. The male protagonist lives in a trailer park, and he & Robin eat a meal at a diner; however that’s pretty much the full extent of this story’s ghetto vibe. Lilith Saintcrow’s writing style was heavy on the Fae court speak, and the plot was rather humdrum until the halfway mark. Still, I enjoyed it once the ball got rolling.
The author’s prose was the largest hurdle for me having not read anything by her before. I wasn’t deterred by the Fae politics or by the formal discourse because both go hand-in-hand whenever the Sidhe are involved. My problem was with the amount of it; there was no break in the flowery words whether it was the dialogue, descriptions, or mortal exchanges. It made the plot threads difficult to spot because I was too busy trying to figure out what the heck Saintcrow was trying to convey, and the fact that nothing really happened until page 160 made it worse.
The remainder of my review will focus on what happened after the pre-excitement hump considering that it was the second half that merited the four star rating. The novel was actually shockingly uncomplicated once all of the key characters, and their motivations were identified. The twists were carried out nicely, and the author nailed the ambiguity of Fae word play, as well as their creepy / magical natures. The Fair Folk were pretty standard as far as their mythology goes, so once the language was no longer an obstacle, I was able to find my bearings.
I liked Jeremy; he had an interesting back story, and there was way more to him than his construction worker facade. Former Armormaster, and ex-lover of Summer who gave it all up for a mortal woman, and refuses to serve any court (anti-hero FTW!). Robin did everything right; she set off to save a human boy, mostly had Gallow’s back, and she’s powerful, but I just couldn’t bring myself to her. Also, I’m hoping the romance doesn’t pan out because, well… spoiler. Puck Goodfellow was the quasiessential mischievous Fae, and the catalyst of many things I suspect. Yup, I will be reading book 2.
TRAILER PARK FAE required a bit of patience, but I’m glad that I stuck it out.
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