Freda Warrington's Elfland is an intimate, sensual novel of people―both human and Aetherial―caught between duty and desire. It is a story of families, and of Rose Fox, a woman born to magic but tormented by her place in her adopted world.
Led by Auberon Fox, a group of Aetherials―call them the Fair Folk, if you will―live among us, indistinguishable from humans. Every seven years, on the Night of the Summer Stars, Lawrence Wilder, the Gatekeeper, throws open all gates to the Other World. But this time, something has gone wrong. Wilder has sealed the gates, warning of a great danger lurking in the realm beyond them. The Aetherial community is outraged. What will become of them, deprived of the home realm from which their essential life force flows?
Rose Fox and Sam Wilder are drawn to the lands beyond the gates, even as their families feud over Lawrence's refusal to do his duty. Struggling with their own too-human urges, they discover hidden truths that draw them together in a forbidden alliance. Only by breaching the dreaded gates and daring the danger beyond can they confront that which they fear most― their otherness―and claim their birthright.
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FREDA WARRINGTON was born and lives in Leicester, England. She has written both fantasy and vampire novels, including her most recent work, The Jewelfire Trilogy, and a historical fantasy based on the life of Richard III, The Court of the Midnight King. Elfland is her first novel to be published in the United States.Review:
“Anyone who has ever felt the real world might suddenly waver—to reveal a glimpse of Otherness—will find the reason why in this erotic and colorfully evoked mix of glamorous gothic Faerie and modern values. A glittering treasure-trove and a stunning read for Warrington’s multitude of fans.”
—TANITH LEE, WORLD FANTASY AWARD–WINNING AUTHOR
“An absorbing and gripping journey into a world where the otherworldly shivers alongside us, unseen. Sensitive characterization and evocative scene-setting draw you into the tale; you won’t want to leave it.”
—STORM CONSTANTINE, AUTHOR OF THE WRAETHTHU HISTORIES
“A literally enchanted story of magic, love, loyalty, and hope, imbued with an authentically pagan sensibility.”
—LIZ WILLIAMS, AUTHOR OF
THE SHADOW PAVILION
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