Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries Published by Random House Worlds on January 10, 2023
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure, Fiction / Fantasy / Romance
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A curmudgeonly professor journeys to a small town in the far north to study faerie folklore and discovers dark fae magic, friendship, and love in the start of a heartwarming and enchanting new fantasy series.
“So endlessly enchanting, so rich and complete and wise that you’ll walk away half ensorcelled.”—Melissa Albert, author of The Hazel Wood
Cambridge professor Emily Wilde is good at many things: She is the foremost expert on the study of faeries. She is a genius scholar and a meticulous researcher who is writing the world’s first encyclopaedia of faerie lore. But Emily Wilde is not good at people. She could never make small talk at a party—or even get invited to one. And she prefers the company of her books, her dog, Shadow, and the Fair Folk to other people.
So when she arrives in the hardscrabble village of Hrafnsvik, Emily has no intention of befriending the gruff townsfolk. Nor does she care to spend time with another new arrival: her dashing and insufferably handsome academic rival Wendell Bambleby, who manages to charm the townsfolk, muddle Emily’s research, and utterly confound and frustrate her.
But as Emily gets closer and closer to uncovering the secrets of the Hidden Ones—the most elusive of all faeries—lurking in the shadowy forest outside the town, she also finds herself on the trail of another mystery: Who is Wendell Bambleby, and what does he really want? To find the answer, she’ll have to unlock the greatest mystery of all—her own heart.
A genius scholar and foremost faery expert, Emily Wilde is writing the world’s first encyclopedia of faerie lore. But for all her academic achievements, Emily has never been good at people, preferring the company of her dog, Shadow, and the strange Fair Folk to other humans. The story is told in journal entries which is not my favorite way to read a story as it tends to make it dry and less exciting. I rated the story at three as it kept my attention to the very end. I enjoyed parts of it, like when Emily is captured by the fairy king she naive lets out of his prison. Or when she finally tricks a changeling child into revealing its actual name. The romance was unbearably slow and predictable. I might read the sequel I may not.