marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

Except The Queen

Except The Queen by Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder

Once, two fairies came upon the queen of fairy cavorting with a mortal.  They laughed and ran off, but some time later, one of them let it slip.  The enraged queen sends them packing into mortal lands, transformed into old women, and they have to try to live in the modern world.  They get some help, but they also find the fairy is loose in the world, and these are the -- ehem -- Good Folk out of folklore.

It's an interesting point-of-view set-up, with each chapter in its own POV, which is probably wise because they are very different.  Very strong voices.  Some first-person, some third-person, some even second-person, and very well done.

And the story winds on through doves, hawks, crows, Baba Yaga, sisters, strange aunts, and other familial relationships, crude college students, buying fruit, selling herbs, and plenty of other stuff before it all resolves together, revealing what was happening behind the scenes and pushing along many events.
Tags: fiction reviews: contemporary fantasy, point of view

  • observations about inspiration

    One can discuss what the effect of power levels, and number of superheroes, are on world-building. But when building a superhero story, one doesn't…

  • flip-flopping

    Our hero is returning in triumph from his quest and going from success to success -- No. He's going success to nerve-wracking attempt to success.…

  • encounters

    It's all very well to plan out how the heroine and the others escape from the evil and violent monsters. You still have to get them to meet in the…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded