Tirnan'Oge by Amanda McIntyre
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Crescent Moon Press
June 26, 2008
I don't know if Amanda McIntyre meant for this book to be emotional and tear inducing, but the story of Roan McNamara broke my heart in a sad, yet wonderful way. He was simply an amazing guy. Some thought him crazy and mad, eccentric in his desire to be alone. But that was his fate after one beautiful, soul-shattering faery kiss when he was younger. From that moment on Roan's heart would forever belong to the Sighoge faery named Feeorin.
You won't find a traditional romance in Amanda McIntyre's Tirnan'Oge, but what you will find is a man and his touching, selfless sacrifice to pass along the stories of the Fey, without it, peoples beliefs will disappear as will eventually the Faery people. So Roan chooses a life of solitude in which he gathers faery stories that he writes for publication. And when he feels he's passed on enough of the tales maybe then his sacrifice to remain alone rather than take what his faery love offered him three times in the past will pay off: A mortal life with him, or an immortal life with her.
This may be a novella, but it had an epic feel to it, encompassing more than 50 years. And not one time did the story feel rushed. It just kept sucking me in, and sucking me in. Amanda McIntyre's writing voice in Faery Song was simply amazing. There is no action and fighting, heck there isn't even a raised voice in all the pages. It's just a simple, profound telling of Roan's lonely life and the small amount of people in it. Roan does have a happily ever after, but it's a lonely journey for him to get there. But he's okay with that, because he believes in his heart that he has made the right choices. I loved this story.
One thing I've come to appreciate about Amanda McIntyre's writing, is that her stories are so original in their set up. I've read three so far, The Diary of Cozette, Mirror, Mirror, and Tirnan 'Oge in Faery Song, and each one of them have there own path to get to the HEA. There isn't the typical formula. Her stories are fresh and original and she is an author I will never hesitate to pick up one of her books.
Lady of the Herd by Isabo Kelly
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The second novella in Faery Song, Lady of the Herd, the fairy Diarmaid, a Tuatha De Danann must find Grainne, the Lady of the Herd, and also his lady love. After a terrible incident Grainne fled the fairy realm for the mortal world. For 5 centuries Diarmaid has searched for Grainne. He must find her now more than ever. For the deer herds in the fairy realm are suffering, which eventually affects the essence of the entire realm. The magics are tied together, and all must be in harmony.
Diarmaid finds Grace, and knows that it is his Grainne. She may look different after 5 centuries of being reborn a human, her spirit is still the same. Now Diarmaid must convince Grace who she is and that she must return with him to the fairy realm. Will Grace give in? Because Diarmaid also says he will stick by whatever decision she makes, even if it is a life forever to remain in the mortal realm...alone. You see, if Grace should die one last time in the mortal realm, Grainne's spirit will no longer be reborn. But Grace must believe.
I liked this story also. The relationship between Diarmaid and Grace was very sweet and sensual with the phantom touches from Diarmaid.
I love the fairy lore that was used in both Tirnan'Oge and Lady of the Herd. Two very fine fairy tales!