Ancient grudges and ruthless schemes are simply business as usual to the Faerie court in Bear's complex and involving contemporary fantasy. Seeker, formerly Elaine Andraste, is a changeling bound to the Mebd, the queen of the Daoine Sidhe, to find other changelings and bring them to the Faerie court. There, like legendary Tam Lin, and Seeker's own son, Ian, they entertain the queen until she tires of them. Now the queen needs Seeker to find—and win the heart of—the new Merlin, latest incarnation of a being who, in the hands of the Prometheans, could be used to destroy the Fae. Pragmatic college professor Carel Bierce, the first female Merlin, is not easily swayed by Fae—or Promethean—advances. Long-forgotten rivalries and unsuspected blood ties arise to tug at Seeker's loyalties, even as the queen promises to free Ian when she succeeds. Campbell-winner Bear (Worldwired) overturns the usual vision of Faerie, revealing the compelling beauty and darkness only glimpsed in old ballads and stories like "Tam Lin." (July)
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Vet interesting read. I haven't finished yet, but I am enjoying a trip back to the Fae world.Published 8 months ago by Erin
Quickly moving, engaging,well-written story of the struggle between a modern and strong mage society and the weakened, ancient Fay. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kim Horton
If you are looking for a book about only straight, white men, Elizabeth Bear isn't where to look. If you are looking for a book with reassuring moralistic themes, this isn't it. Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by Beth
If you are expecting a simple urban fantasy story with mages and faeries, then you are in for quite a shock here. Read morePublished on November 23, 2009 by Ithlilian
I agree with Kevin Quinn's review--I loved Elizabeth Bear's New Amsterdam for its detailed, believable, likeable characters and tight plotting. Read morePublished on June 29, 2009 by Richard A. Loftus
The chronicle of an invisible war between human Mages and the creatures of Fairie for the control over Earth's destiny.
A fantasy story, which is not my normal read. Read more
Overall, I consider myself a fan of the urban fantasy genre. There are a few authors that I purchase sight unseen because I enjoy all their books. Read morePublished on June 10, 2009 by Barbara S
What fun! A thoroughly detailed universe where the world of (modern) man is linked with the world of the Fae. Read morePublished on April 14, 2009 by Mark Shackelford