The Fey Man

The Fey Man[PDF / Epub] ☉ The Fey Man ❤ James T. Kelly – Oaklandjobs.co.uk A land plagued by dragons A mortal entranced by a Faerie Queen A quest that could save his realm or doom it foreverThomas Rymour is hopelessly infatuated with the Queen of Faerie On a mission to find A land plagued by dragons A mortal entranced by a Faerie Queen A quest that could save his realm or doom it foreverThomas Rymour is hopelessly infatuated with the Queen of Faerie On a mission to find a way into the realm and reunite with his love, he makes a pact with an elf lord to steal a legendary magic sword in return for a way inside But in a land where dragons prowl the skies, he starts to wonder if his quest could prove The Fey MOBI :¼ fatalWhen Thomas tricks a powerful duke, his plan backfires and soon he is running for his life Forced to defend himself in a world of dragons and magic, he races to find his queen before the deadly flames catch up with him If he fails, he may lose his own land to the Western Kingdom foreverThe Fey Man is book one in The Fair Folk epic fantasy series If you like fierce dragons, flawed heroes, and faerie mythology, then you ll love James T Kelly s magical blockbusterBuy The Fey Man to take an epic magical adventure today. So first things first I loved this book I urge everyone to give this book a go, you will be genuinely pleased you did.The central character Thomas Is full of intrigue I just want to know everything about him, there is magic and mystery around him and yet you really get a sense of him also being a man who has loved and lost and finding his way through I really like the way the characters link in and find their voice, how they lead on to each having an important part to play in this story So first things first I loved this book I urge everyone to give this book a go, you will be genuinely pleased you did.The central character Thomas Is full of intrigue I just want to know everything about him, there is magic and mystery around him and yet you really get a sense of him also being a man who has loved and lost and finding his way through I really like the way the characters link in and find their voice, how they lead on to each having an important part to play in this story The interweaving of the characters, the mystery, the magic, the danger at one point I could actually feel my heart racing in the hope the players remained safe no spoilers so I won t add to that you will just have to read it for yourself And most importantly, not only do I HAVE to read this again, I WILL read it again and I never do that I absolutely cannot wait for book two I don t like to say to much about the plot in my reviews as i find this can sometimes spoil the story So very briefly The story follows Thomas Rymour as he joins a quest to defeat the power of the Western Elfs Their enemies are many and powerful, even their allies have their own agenda Their path will be long and arduous and fraught with peril.This story is very well crafted, well paced and has enough twists to keep it interesting It has a little of everything, mystery and intrigue, action a I don t like to say to much about the plot in my reviews as i find this can sometimes spoil the story So very briefly The story follows Thomas Rymour as he joins a quest to defeat the power of the Western Elfs Their enemies are many and powerful, even their allies have their own agenda Their path will be long and arduous and fraught with peril.This story is very well crafted, well paced and has enough twists to keep it interesting It has a little of everything, mystery and intrigue, action and heroics The stories lead, Thomas Rymour, starts the story depressed and maudlin about his lot in life after being ejected from faerie and forced to live in a time that is not his, but as the story moves forward he develops in to alikeable and supportable character and I am looking forward to seeing how he develops as the series progresses.A cast of very strong and believable characters ably support Thomas They each add something to the story with no feeling of dead weight being dragged along The myriad of relationships and the interplay between the characters give the story a fullness and complexity that is not an easy thing to achieve Something I particularly like is that the author develops each character as the story moves forward without overloading or slowing the story down which can sometimes happen The descriptions of the Fae and their duplicitous nature are interesting and I think really add to the story.The world is rich and full with a large range of cultures and customs I find the culture of the Eastern Elfs fascinating and I am quite eager to see this culture exploredas the series goes on All in all this is a very good story and one I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Content warnings this book contains implied sexual violence and some fairly visceral descriptions of violence and deathThe Fey Man is written by a Norwich author and clearly the publisher, Skerry Books, is a small press or self publishing outfit, so I was a little pessimistic about the whole thing, but a colleague lent it to me I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the world and story building in The Fey Man It is the first of a series, and feels like it, but that doesn t make it any l Content warnings this book contains implied sexual violence and some fairly visceral descriptions of violence and deathThe Fey Man is written by a Norwich author and clearly the publisher, Skerry Books, is a small press or self publishing outfit, so I was a little pessimistic about the whole thing, but a colleague lent it to me I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the world and story building in The Fey Man It is the first of a series, and feels like it, but that doesn t make it any less fun to read.The Fey Man is a fantastical version of the Arthur legends with a legendary king who is supposed to rise again, a wizard who helped him, and a magical sword that will supposedly save the day as well as the story of Thomas Rymour or Thomas the Rhymer from our world s legends who is carried away to Faerie and returns having gained the gift of prophecy and unable to tell a lie, but discovers that he had been away for 100 years and everybody he knew and loved is dead The Fey Man is the story of what it is like to live with prophecies, enforced honesty and a 100 year gap in your history, always trying to return to the addictive world of Faerie It s also the story of three powers dividing a continent called Tir, two groups of elfs yes, it s elfs in this rather than elves from the West and East with very different cultures, and the humans stuck in the middle, as they deal with the threat of war and the fear of ancient magic Thomas is recruited by the Eastern Elfs to help them find a way into Faerie so they can bargain for the Sword of Emyr, a powerful weapon that they believe can destroy the magical monoliths the Western Elfs are using to control dragons for their armies.It s a political fantasy with a quest element, and honestly I really enjoyed it The plot sounds slightly convoluted when explained but makes sense when read, and Kelly evokes a sense of wonder as Thomas and his companions travel through Tir that raises The Fey Man above a lot of faux LOTR fare The characters are interesting and very different from one another, though it takes a long time to introduce them all, and the ladies are pretty uniformly badasses in various and varied ways, often martial, but not always My favourite bit was when they finally make it to Faerie I love portrayals of properly frightening versions of fey, and this had some great inventions, like the dual nature of the fey across the year, relatively benevolent for half the year and horrifying monstrosities for the rest of it In many ways, I grew a bit disheartened when the story left Faerie and returned to the war of the real world, which seems appropriate somehow There was a lot of the setting such as the death religion of the Eastern Elfs that intrigued me and I wish to knowabout, and there is a lot to enjoy here.It did feel, especially near the end, as though the proof reading could have done with another pass For the most part it wasn t an issue but there were a few missed words at the end that made it hard to follow what was going on The beginning is also pretty confusing you have to take an awful lot in straight away, with names and places being thrown at you very quickly However, stick with it Thomas is a likeably flawed protagonist and the story is a good combination of political fantasy and grail quest, especially as it quickly becomes clear that obtaining the Macguffin is only part of the solution, which leaves plenty for the rest of the series to explore Thomas Rymour is an asshole.That s it, that s basically the plot of the entire book He s a total self absorbed asshole who cares about nothing except getting back to Faerie because he s hopelessly addicted to the Queen While he cannot lie, he can manipulate the truth and he does at every available opportunity as he pushes himself closer and closer to his goal Who cares about the woman who found and saved him Who cares that Tir is about to perish in flames He s getting back to Faerie by hook Thomas Rymour is an asshole.That s it, that s basically the plot of the entire book He s a total self absorbed asshole who cares about nothing except getting back to Faerie because he s hopelessly addicted to the Queen While he cannot lie, he can manipulate the truth and he does at every available opportunity as he pushes himself closer and closer to his goal Who cares about the woman who found and saved him Who cares that Tir is about to perish in flames He s getting back to Faerie by hook or by crook.If only you could hate him for it But, of course, you can t How could you expect anything else from a mortal who d spend years as pet to the immortal And how can you really stay mad at him when he behaves just like an addict, knowing what he s doing is wrong and yet not being able to stop himself.In fact, he s so captivating a character that I can barely spare a moment to mention that James T Kelly is a phenomenal writer and also a terrible sadist, leaving me hanging like that I woke up this morning pumped to read , only to remember that I d run out ofThere was noI d hit the cliff hanger of an epilogue and now I have to wait.And it wasn t until hours later that I remembered one of the events towards the end of the book that sucker punched me I must have blocked it out when I originally read it It was traumatic enough, after all, as it brought another tear to my eye just remembering it.God it was Well can you read the book already, so I can just talk about it with you Please I mean, if you re a fan of epic fantasy, you re basically guaranteed to love this book Kelly has a way with words I could never even dream of having and has crafted a masterpiece.And I m not just saying that in the hopes that I ll get an early edition of the second book I should also point out the supporting characters are also fantastic Especially Six, Draig, and Glastyn They are my favorite And not even conditionally like Rymour is 5 stars, a must read for fans of epic fantasy Although this tale is set in a high fantasy world, it draws heavily upon the myths and lore of our own world, being inspired by the medieval legend of Thomas the Rhymer True Thomas a mortal who lived in Faerie for seven years, returning with the gift of prophecy and the inability to lie The story opens during the period after Thomas s return He is living as a retainer in the court of Duke Regent, who finds his honesty and prophetic powers useful, but he is not happy He longs to return to F Although this tale is set in a high fantasy world, it draws heavily upon the myths and lore of our own world, being inspired by the medieval legend of Thomas the Rhymer True Thomas a mortal who lived in Faerie for seven years, returning with the gift of prophecy and the inability to lie The story opens during the period after Thomas s return He is living as a retainer in the court of Duke Regent, who finds his honesty and prophetic powers useful, but he is not happy He longs to return to Faerie, and the arrival of the elven lord Neiren gives him a chance to do so.Neiren rules over the eastern elves, and is on a mission to save the world as he flamboyantly likes to put it from the ambitions of Idris, king of the western elves He needs Tom s help to negotiate with the Fae, but these are dangerous times, and Regent is unwilling to let his prophet leave on some bizarre quest Tom does not greatly care about the quest or Regent He soon overcomes his qualms about disloyalty and the perils of asking any boon from the Fae, and runs off with Neiren to help him find a way into Faerie As The Fey Man , Tom certainly lives up to the title of the book Many mortal years have passed during his seven years in Faerie, and he feels that he no longer belongs adrift in a strange time, plagued by fragmentary visions and possessing knowledge that no one else has He is frequently filled with doubt, guilt and self pity, reflecting on his life and the mistakes he has made but doing nothing to mend his ways He means well, but not well enough to actually shoulder any responsibility or make the best of what he has All in all, he is an interesting character.This book was an enjoyable read Compared with other fantasy novels, the style of writing seemed rather lean , but that just made itimpactful The author is especially good at describing his characters all of Tom s travelling companions are engaging in their different ways and creating different cultures The world felt both familiar and unique, while the Fae themselves seemed truly inhuman My only complaint is with the ending a cliff hanger that left hardly anything resolved view spoiler I d at least have liked to know whether Tom and his companions survive although I m guessing they will and how why they were betrayed hide spoiler I felt like I d just finished the first part of a single book rather than the first book in a trilolgy Personally, though, this isn t a big problem for me I ll just have to wait for the next book If you enjoy well observed characters, distinctive cultures and stories about the Fae, this book is definately recommended I enjoyed this book, despite, or perhaps because, it fell outside of my usual fantasy read While I normally enjoy an action packed book, there is relatively little fighting and bloodshed in this book, but there is plenty else to keep you interested The story has a mixture of intrigue, mystery and danger which tie together well The story centres around Thomas Rymour, who comes across as an unpleasant man, although becomes strangely endearing through the course of the book as you find outI enjoyed this book, despite, or perhaps because, it fell outside of my usual fantasy read While I normally enjoy an action packed book, there is relatively little fighting and bloodshed in this book, but there is plenty else to keep you interested The story has a mixture of intrigue, mystery and danger which tie together well The story centres around Thomas Rymour, who comes across as an unpleasant man, although becomes strangely endearing through the course of the book as you find outabout him He is a man obsessed, coming across a little bit like an addict, which is perhaps what makes up for otherwise deceitful, and at time, down right nasty behaviour The book has many other supporting characters who are all well thought out and well defined While the main characters are well developed within the book, each of them has enough depth to warrant a story of their own The novel is well written The book flows along at a good pace The world is sufficiently defined physically, politically, and historically that the events in the book make sense and give you the feeling that they are part of a greater whole The characters are well defined and I did not feel this knowledge was imparted using info dumps instead the character development and world building seems to flow naturally into the narrative The story ends on a cliff hanger almost literally with no attempt to wrap up any of the plot elements started so far A frustrating thing, although it does leave you wanting to read the next one I only hope the next one is as good as this one Overall, I would say a well deserved 5 stars and would recommend this book It took me a while to get into this book, but it was worth it Thomas Rymour is a weak and selfish man,basically cowardly, who once spent time in Faerie, but since has returned to the mortal realm On leaving he was gifted or cursed with foresight and cannot tell a lie Because of these gifts he is summons to the court of Duke Regent His land is in dire straits, continuing conflict from the Eastern Elves and war starting from the Western An envoy comes from the Eastern realm, offering an allia It took me a while to get into this book, but it was worth it Thomas Rymour is a weak and selfish man,basically cowardly, who once spent time in Faerie, but since has returned to the mortal realm On leaving he was gifted or cursed with foresight and cannot tell a lie Because of these gifts he is summons to the court of Duke Regent His land is in dire straits, continuing conflict from the Eastern Elves and war starting from the Western An envoy comes from the Eastern realm, offering an alliance They believe that only the sword of a legendary King can dispel the thrall on the dragons the Western King is using The sword resides in Faerie Thomas longs to go back the Faerie Queen Maev, whom he loves He abandons Duke Regent and with Elven envoy and others, seeks entrance to Faerie Once there he discovers that he really isn t sure if he wants to stay The former wielder of the sword lives in Faerie and is Thomas s friend The old King grants their wish, but with one condition, only Thomas can carry the sword Thomas doesn t want the responsibility, but makes the promise The companions leave Faerie and enter the mortal realm only to find it consumed in war Plenty of combat and magic All the characters are well drawn Lovely story The Fey Man is part of The Fair Folk series by James T Kelly It s a humorous epic fantasy with plenty of adventure and colorful characters The protagonist is a human named Thomas Rymour who grew up a farmer, but never had much ambition He let life happen to him and ended up trapped for seven years in the land of the fairies Later he is granted the ability to see glimpses of the future, but even that is not always a helpful gift He might not be a typical hero, but he is a hero nonetheless, The Fey Man is part of The Fair Folk series by James T Kelly It s a humorous epic fantasy with plenty of adventure and colorful characters The protagonist is a human named Thomas Rymour who grew up a farmer, but never had much ambition He let life happen to him and ended up trapped for seven years in the land of the fairies Later he is granted the ability to see glimpses of the future, but even that is not always a helpful gift He might not be a typical hero, but he is a hero nonetheless, especially as the story unfolds He ends up with a group of unlikely friends who also come with their own personal weaknesses That s what I like so much about this book Every character is flawed and their mission seems too big for them to fulfill it Will they succeed The first book will leave you hanging.Posted on Amanda s Books and I have to say, I really did enjoy the story in this book A mortal man is kidnapped by the fay and kept in Fairy for a few years But in mortal time, that was 100 years The fay release him and everyone he loves is gone He must decide whether he wants to help the easterner s end the coming war Does he want to help the people or does he just want a way back to Fairy This was a very interesting story and I enjoyed reading the story, but the author had a different way of turning a phrase that I d I have to say, I really did enjoy the story in this book A mortal man is kidnapped by the fay and kept in Fairy for a few years But in mortal time, that was 100 years The fay release him and everyone he loves is gone He must decide whether he wants to help the easterner s end the coming war Does he want to help the people or does he just want a way back to Fairy This was a very interesting story and I enjoyed reading the story, but the author had a different way of turning a phrase that I didn t understand at times I could understand some of the characters talking this way but not the narration I had to take a star away because I personally HATE cliffhangers Guess what Cliffhanger We have to pick up the story in The Unquiet Sword, whenever I can pick up that story The Fey Man, by James T KellyMy rating islike a 3.5ish, instead of a straight 3 stars.The Fey Man is a quick, solid read I enjoyed it I gave it three stars because I m waiting to see how the rest of the series plays out I would have liked to seeworld building and by that I mean I want to knowabout the races Westerners and Easterners are great, they re both elven races, one of them venerates death, but I d like to knowthan that That being said the Fey are very well do The Fey Man, by James T KellyMy rating islike a 3.5ish, instead of a straight 3 stars.The Fey Man is a quick, solid read I enjoyed it I gave it three stars because I m waiting to see how the rest of the series plays out I would have liked to seeworld building and by that I mean I want to knowabout the races Westerners and Easterners are great, they re both elven races, one of them venerates death, but I d like to knowthan that That being said the Fey are very well done, I like the Winter Court atmosphere I look forward to the next book and the hope of learningabout the people of Kelly s world