This year I’m going to host an Advent Book Calendar event, where Jen and me are going to pick one book every day until December 24th. Books we’ve read this year, and tell you why you should pick it up. You can check our progress in the Advent Book Calendar 2018 introduction post, where you can “open” the windows every day and find out what we have for your reading pleasure!
My pick for day 20 The Bastard of Fairyland, was a book I picked up to cover a specific Bingo square. I just love it when I get a nice surprise out of spur of the moment purchases!
This is a rather bleak world where the Fae have won and humanity is scrambling to survive. I loved the characters, the mix of Arthurian legends and the Fae, and especially how – as everything is slowly revealed – it turns into a hell of a lot twistier plotted story than I was first expecting.
“What I thought was going to be a book about Robin/Puck the complete and utter bastard, tricking, torturing, and just being a general asshole. This was not that at all. In fact, Robin/Puck was quite a likable fellow and I enjoyed the sometimes-wry tone to his POV.“
The world’s sea levels have risen and washed civilisation away. Survival is a constant compromise, made worse when the Fae invade; a cruel and sadistic race eager to turn humanity into slaves. Robin Goodfellow is an elite Fae warrior with a long life steeped in blood and his loyalty rewarded by betrayal. Now he lives among humans, growing bitter and lonely, and wants no part in the war.
But Robin holds the key to victory for the Fae, the man who betrayed him demands his help and he’s brought Robin’s ex-lover along to ensure his cooperation. Trapped in the middle of the conflict and despised by both sides, Robin races across a flooded English landscape to rescue the two children who can help him make a difference.
What he doesn’t know is that powerful members of the Fae are manipulating him to succumb to his psychotic alter-ego, Puck, who’s ready to cause even more bloodshed.