Bad-Ass Faeries: In All Their Glory

Bad-Ass Faeries, #3

Bad Ass Faeries: In All Their Glory is a collection of 21 short stories edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail divided into the different categories that fae-folk can occupy during times of conflict. The stories range from different struggles within fae society itself (War and Circuses, Brief Battle for the Throne, Field of Honor, Uddereek, Return of the Hero), personal struggles (Fae Fighters, Seeing Red), fighting against human meddling and the effects of cold iron (Last Gate to Faerie), the role of the fae in traditional human conflicts (At the Grasshopper’s Hill, I Carry No Gun, Natural Born Spy, Snow and Iron, Not-So-Silent Night, Amazons and Predators), the bond that can form between the long-lived fae and their mortal companions (Selk-Skin Deep, The Size of the Fight In the Soldier, The Price of Friendship), and the price that humans pay for apparent gifts from the fae (Faerie Ring Blues, So Many Deaths). Story settings range from alternate history locales, present-day southern bayous or Australian deserts (Theatre of Conflict) to a war waged entirely within a single household with butterscotch ammunition (Brownies vs. Blondies).

An amazing combination of themes that adhere to certain basic tenets of faery-lore (especially the abhorrence of cold iron) yet explore a myriad of variations. The pixie with superhuman strength that dreads human childcare duty, the fighter pilot fearing rejection of his idol, fae who can be themselves without glamour thanks to the internet and the true effects of the development of a railway system. Particularly enjoyable were the John L. French tale that alternates between worlds yet explores the horrors of the drug trade upon two disparate cultures, the Kelly Harmon tale that explores another use for the selkie fur and the editor’s exploration of the Wild Hunt.

Book Blurb for Bad-Ass Faeries: In All Their Glory

Think all faeries spend their days picking flowers and dancing in circles? Think again!

We bring you tales of urban conflict, of lurking assassins, of defenders of the home front. Eternal battles…between good and evil, right and wrong, Seelie and Unseelie…fought by timeless warriors whose battle cries echo throughout both history and legend.

Discover fae fighting the good fight with every turned page.

A WAC pilot and her leprechaun guardian get a bit of their own back in L. Jagi Lamplighter’s A Not-So-Silent Night.

Refugee recruits from Daemor defend the base camp from gators and mongers in Patrick Thomas’s The Size of the Fight in the Solider.

Elaine Corvidae treats us to a new glimpse of the realm of the Shadow Fae as an assassin stalks Pook, the Unseelie king on the Seelie throne, in Field of Honor.

And in David Sherman’s The Price of Friendship a simple Nix gives Viking warriors a lesson in unconventional warfare.

Each story in this collection follows a fine warrior—and fae—tradition. Protect your own, avenge your fallen, and put the bullies in their place. So get ready to declare your allegiance, because…

By Land, Air, or Sea, the battle lines are drawn…Which side are you on?

This book is part 3 of the Bad-Ass Faeries series

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2010 4.25