Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for the complimentary e-ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
For me there is a special kind of fantasy that isn’t cozy per se—there’s too much danger, violence, & disappearances etc for that—but that feels cozy because it’s so quirky & whimsical.
The Emily Wilde series by Heather Fawcett has Fae—sometimes cruel, sometimes helpful, depending on a bunch of factors including their mercurial personalities.
It also has suspense, humans who are often trying to live their lives without bringing the wrath of the Fae upon them, & an amazing protagonist named Emily Wilde who is brilliant, amazingly resourceful & quick on her feet, brave, not terribly skilled in engaging in social interactions but very aware of this (as well as aware of lots of other undercurrents many wouldn’t notice), & an all around fierce explorer of Fae & their culture.
Accompanying her is Wendell, a Fae ruler who was deposed & happens to be someone she kissed in book 1 (!).
Like in book 1, the interplay between charming Wendell & practical Emily in book 2, Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands, is amazing. Both of them are occasionally snarky toward the other but in a way that makes it clear they actually find the mannerism endearing; both of them clearly find spending time together wonderful even though they are very different in some ways (& similar in others).
Even more amazing for me is Emily Wilde’s writing style as relays her adventures in the diary we get to read. I could read them every day, & the sense of intimacy they create—particularly when we get Wendell’s POV—amps up the immediacy of the contentment, the adventure, & sometimes the sense of peril.
Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands is another fabulous adventure that captured my heart & imagination & I’m so excited to read more in this series & more by this author in general!
5⭐️. Out 01/16.
[ID: Jess’s white hand holds the ebook in front of a river view.]
Give me that HEA, please.
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