One of my current fascinations is with the fairie folk. There’s something appealing about the legends of the “other folk,” charismatic, mercurial, and potentially dangerous. So like us in some ways, and yet so different in others. Ever since I “discovered” the fairies in reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, I’ve been reading books of fiction and folklore about fairies. So it was with some excitement that I started reading The Hunter’s Moon, the first book in O.R. Melling’s The Chronicles of Faerie. I wasn’t disappointed.
The Hunter’s Moon is a beautiful, lyrical tale of friendship, love, and sacrifice that’s sure to please any fantasy fan. The melding of ancient and modern Ireland sets a poignant backdrop for an exciting story that builds to a startling conclusion. Melling’s love of Ireland and her knowledge of folklore are skillfully woven into a story that brings the land of Ireland and its people to life. It made me long to visit Ireland, both the modern and the old, and to dance with the fairies whatever the risk.
The book was originally published in Canada in 1993, but Melling has updated it with several modern pop culture references. While this would seem to be a risk, ensuring that the books will become outdated quickly, the references serve to show the contrast between the modern and the ancient. I’m looking forward to reading book 2, The Summer King, scheduled in the U.S. to be released in May of this year.
Oh, and Melling is a blogger! Read O.R. Melling’s blog here