- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1723 KB
- Print Length: 248 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: IFWG Publishing Australia (18 August 2018)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07GMST85F
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 9 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #633,703 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Faerie Apocalypse Kindle Edition
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"In this beautifully imagined novel, Franks tells a story viscerally graphic, emotionally moving and very, very sharp."
— Kaaron Warren
"Franks has delivered a dark fantastical history of staggering imagination, written like a fable, delivered like a punch. Powerful and engrossing stuff."
— Alan Baxter
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‘Only three kinds of mortal were permitted entry into the Realms of the Faerie – lovers, poets and madmen – and he was most certainly to be counted amongst their number.’
But what will happen to the mortals who do enter the Realms of the Faerie? Will they find what they are looking for? Will they escape unscathed? Do they deserve success?
‘You can’t go home until you’ve completed your quest.’
It seems that mortals can destroy most things, but they don’t get everything their own way in the Realms of the Faerie. Humans may be cunning, but the Faerie can be malevolent. There’s plenty of violence as the two worlds clash. But there’s a point to this violence: it reinforces that mortals are neither heroic nor noble and that they do not think (nor seem to care) about the consequences of their actions.
I kept reading, wondering how it might end. I kept reading, hoping that the mortals would become self-aware. I kept reading. And by the end, the faerie apocalypse made sense.
‘We do not imagine; we are the imagined. The truth of my telling is entirely dependent upon the mortal to whom I speak it.’
I don’t read as much fantasy as I used to. When I read novels like this one, I resolve to read more. If you enjoy dark fantasy, you may also enjoy this.
I wish I could pen an essay on why it is an amazing read and why everyone needs to experience this book, but all I am really left with the ability to say is: Jason Franks, you had me at "The magus racked the Uzi."
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The story follows four different mortals (most of them unnamed) who enter the Lands Of The Realm for various reasons, and wreak havoc upon it, intentionally or otherwise. I won’t say any more because part of the appeal here is seeing where Franks goes with this – and it’s not where you might think. The chief criticism I have is the lack of a sympathetic main character – not a hero, which would defeat the purpose of the story, but someone who could at least offset the senselessly destructive nature of everyone else. The faerie playwright Nentril Revallo is the most likeable character here for my money, and while he plays a key role in the story, he’s still a minor character. Overall it’s rather bleak and nihilistic for my taste … and yet it has to be for the story to work, and I do appreciate what Franks is ultimately shooting for here. So if yr interested in seeing someone take a chainsaw to the whole faerie-fiction paradigm, this may be just the thing.
A superb critique of the madness of desire, the impacts of personal quests and the nature of faerie. A strong thread of black humour and strong action throughout also helps propel this finely written story forward.
Franks also does a great job of twisting and subverting troupes, while simultaneously showing that he also has his own story to tell.
I wouldn’t say I “enjoyed” this sharp and black book – but it will stay with me for a very long time and I highly recommend it.
You should read it.