Song of the Fairy Queen, by Valerie Douglas
The good King is overthrown by his evil half brother who turns out to be a horrible king (obviously, he is evil after all) and murders people and stuff. The real king roams the countryside and gathers a rebellion with his faithful allies Kyriay, Queen of the Fairy, and Morgan, the High Marshall. Then Kyriay and Morgan totally do it. Totes. Bow-chicka-wow-wow
Morgan is clearly the hero of the novel, and Kyriay is a really great fairy queen who takes the safety of her people and her kingdom personally, to the point of getting down and dirty in the fighting (and the lovin’).
This is a pretty epic book. No, really, it’s long, covers a couple of years, lots of traveling, and has an epic feel to it. It reminds me more of one of those “guy” fantasy stories that has a couple of volumes. I hate to say it, but the first half of the book dragged. I felt like it could have been cut in half and moved a lot faster, and there was too much of a focus on politics and more minor characters. BUT – the second half of the book rocked. The action was fast paced, the love scenes were hot, the dialogue was snappy, and the focus remained on the people I actually gave a hoot about – Kyriay and Morgan.
The Three Rs:
Rating: NC17 for some definitely hot love scenes. I’m not talking hard core or anything, but there is quite a bit of copulation going on amidst the rebellion.
Recommendation: If you’re looking for something that you can put down and pick up here and there, this is a good one. It reminds me of when I read the Three Musketeers – skim the first 100 pages or so, and then the good stuff happens. And trust me, the second half of Fairy Queen is worth it.
Re-Read: I don’t often reread epic fantasies (excepting Robert Jordan), so I’ll probably pass.