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Book 1 of 2 in the Fey and the Fallen Series

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Set in the Ireland of the Troubles, before the recent détente, this fraught debut captures the backdrop of tension and choosing sides that overlays even the smallest act. The lingering effects of the Kesh and Malone prisons are gut-wrenchingly convincing. Less developed are the magical elements. Former prisoner Liam's ignorance of his fae side makes sense, as his mother, Kathleen, and mentor, Father Murray, seek to protect him, but Leicht only introduces one full-fledged fae, Liam's father, and his offstage war with the Redcap is more told than shown. Liam's marriage to Mary Kate is a believable complex of love, lust, pride, anger and forgiveness, but the really pivotal relationship is with Father Murray, a member of an arm of the church that kills the fae in the belief that they are Fallen. Perhaps later books will expand the intriguing premise. (Feb.)
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About the Author

Stina Leicht is a science fiction and fantasy writer living in central Texas. Her second novel, "And Blue Skies from Pain", was on the Locus Recommended Reading list for 2012. She was a Campbell Award finalist in 2013 and in 2012. In 2012 she was also shortlisted for the Crawford Award. When she was small Stina wanted to grow up to be like Vincent Price.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597802131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597802130
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Jacobs VINE VOICE on May 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
There aren't many fantasy novels I would characterize as brilliant. This is one of the few.

I picked up this book with quite a bit of trepidation. I've done a lot of reading on Northern Irish politics over the years, and I didn't want to see the Troubles treated as some sort of flashy backdrop to a shallow and simpleminded fantasy plot. I needn't have worried. Ms. Leicht interweaves the novel's fantasy elements seamlessly into a depiction of time and place that feels absolutely real. Now, I'm not Irish, and I imagine there are things that one could quibble with, but the author's instincts and sympathies are sound and she certainly gets the bigger picture right. The situation is complex and ugly and frequently impossible, and Ms. Leicht has taken all of that on and used it to create an understated masterpiece. On top of all that, her characters are real people, nuanced, and if they don't break your heart from time to time you're not paying attention.

It's clear that Ms. Leicht is planning on at least one sequel to this book, as there are questions left unanswered at the end regarding Liam's fate as well as the strategy and intentions of the Fallen. This is excellent news. I can't recommend this novel highly enough, really, and I'm looking forward to the next volume with a level of anticipation I haven't felt for a book in years.
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Picked up this book for free because I wanted to understand more about the IRA and the political crisis in Ireland. I knew it was fiction but I thought it would help me understand the climate. It did, however, I didn't realize it would have some supernatural Irish folk elements. I guess that only furthered my weak understanding or Irish history...but I can't say it wasn't kind of weird. And I'm sick of people making Jesuits out to be the secretive bad guy Catholics. I know I know l, it's fiction but the way the Jesuits were portrayed was just awful. I have. To give it a 3 though because of all the credits and further reading the author kindly suggests in the acknowledgements.
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I had purchased this book awhile ago, but I made sure to read it after the author had an excellent AMA on the r/Fantasy sub-reddit. I wasn't sure if I would like this book, but after I got into it I really loved it. I've really never read anything quite like this book, with the combination of Urban Fantasy style Fae creatures (although they weren't too prominent in this book, as a lot of the action occurs in the normal world) in the very interesting historical setting of the Irish Revolution (1970's). The main character is the bastard child of an Irish Catholic woman and a Fae shapeshifter, he was then raised by his mother and hateful adopted father, without any knowledge of what his real father was. After Liam is wrongfully imprisoned for being at the wrong place and the wrong time during a protest, he experiences a horrifying trauma which has a very realistic and thoughtful effect on his character, with an added fantastical side-effect of uncontrollable shape-shifting into a fae beast/wolf with it's own mind/personality. Following his imprisonment (after he's wrongfully arrested again) he marries a woman he's loved all of his life and joins the IRA. Afterwards, there's a lot of entertaining bits where Liam becomes a racecar/getaway driver, but while avoiding spoilers, I'll just say that everything seems to go wrong, and the the coming of age in a troubling time story turns into a revenge story. This part of the story is also great, and there's even a bit of a Narc and addiction side-story, and as the truth of his parentage comes out towards the end, a lot more of the fantasy comes into play for the climax. I loved all of the characters in this book, they all feel very real and fully developed, with the only one lacking being the main villain (he's a good villain, and while we learn some of his backstory, the reason he does what he does isn't explained too well).

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book, and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.
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Stina Leicht has written a really good first novel in "Of Blood and Honey".

She has developed her characters well, the story line is well thought out and the dialogue is the best I've read in a long time. (By the way, I have never met Ms. Leicht so I'm not one of her friends). It is refreshing for me to read subject matter I have never read before. To have it come across as a sound novel, well, that's just a bonus. Ms. Leicht has given me a better knowledge of what individuals may have gone through during the turmoil of Ireland in the mid 1970's.

It was a nice change to read about a different kind of supernatural being other than vampires and werewolves and to mix it all in with the terrible police force of Ireland. It was also nice that Ms. Leicht did not overuse the Irish dialect in her writing as that becomes tedious very, very quickly.

I briefly mentioned that the characters were well-developed. Usually in novels one or two characters stand out, but in "Of Blood and Honey" all of them are attractive to read. I don't mean that in the literal sense of the word, but more that they are interesting to read and to get to know. Kathleen, Father Murray, Bran, Liam, Mary Kate, Oran, Haddock and the rest of them are all interesting characters well worth reading.

About the only thing I did not like is the strong use of vulgar language. I'm no prude and use those words myself on occasion, but reading them is distasteful to me and they were used a great deal in the course of this novel. That's my only complaint, otherwise it's a great story.
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