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Emily Wilde’s Encyclopedia Of Faeries

Do you believe in faeries? What if you lived in a small village surrounded by them? What if they started to steal children? When it comes to faerie folk, Emily Wilde’s Encyclopedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett is a detailed accounting of one researcher’s quest to find the answers.
The story follows the journey of Emily, a scholar and researcher who ventures to the frigid cold confines of a far-off arctic village to study the local folk – including the faeries of the woods. While Emily’s expertise lies in folklore and fairies, her interpersonal skills could be better. The villagers aren’t fond of outsiders, and upon her arrival, she’s met with reception almost as cold as the weather. But the villagers warm up when her rival, Wendell Bambleby, a somewhat more refined academic, joins her. Wendell, who excels in areas where Emily struggles, adds a dynamic twist to the story. They stumble into trouble and adventures with the faerie folk, and Emily’s character begins to transform. As she seeks answers to her questions, Emily realizes she can open her mind and heart to embrace the world around her.
This story is a refreshing departure from the norm. The story unfolds through Emily’s academic journal entries. While a few of these entries got a little long, this was a unique and engaging storytelling approach. Wendell Bambleby’s unexpected and unwanted arrival at Emily’s cottage adds a dynamic energy that perfectly complements her unique character. Their (often witty) banter combined with nail-biting adventures had me eagerly turning the pages. I particularly enjoyed the encounters with the faeries, each adding a new layer of intrigue. And, with their unique quirks, the villagers also added a delightful element to the story.
I really enjoyed reading this book. If you’re a fantasy fan, like fantastic characters, and enjoy unique storytelling, I think you’ll like it, too.