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Prolific British author Warrington (the Jewelfire Trilogy), mostly unknown in the U.S., puts a distinctive spin on human/nonhuman relations in this sensuous, relationship-driven story, the first of the Books of the Silver Wheel. The feylike Vaethyr regularly travel between the Spiral and our world until the gates are summarily and permanently closed by Lawrence Wilder, the Gatekeeper. He warns of danger, but the Vaethyr on Earth need to return to the Spiral to survive. Much of the book is devoted to describing the turbulent life of Rosie, daughter of Vaethyr king Auberon, and her love triangle with Sam and Jon, Wilder's troubled sons, as long years without reconnecting to their aetherial selves slowly drive the Vaethyr mad. Solid wordplay, great pacing and a thrilling conclusion will definitely earn Warrington some new American fans. (Aug.)
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“Anyone who has ever felt the real world might suddenly waver—to reveal a glimpse of Otherness—will find the reason why in this erotic and colorfully evoked mix of glamorous gothic Faerie and modern values. A glittering treasure-trove and a stunning read for Warrington’s multitude of fans.”


“An absorbing and gripping journey into a world where the otherworldly shivers alongside us, unseen. Sensitive characterization and evocative scene-setting draw you into the tale; you won’t want to leave it.”


“A literally enchanted story of magic, love, loyalty, and hope, imbued with an authentically pagan sensibility.”



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Product Details

  • Series: Aetherial Tales (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy; Reprint edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765358409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765358400
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.3 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,264,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) VINE VOICE on August 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Cross Elizabeth Hand with Fire and Hemlock, and you might end up with something like Freda Warrington's _Elfland_. This is the kind of big, sweeping modern faerie tale that you don't see often on the adult shelves anymore. There's been some beautiful work done in YA recently, but in the adult realm, the trend has been away from novels like this. And that's a shame. _Elfland_ is complex, rich, sensual, beautifully written, and sometimes heartbreaking.

I devoured _Elfland_. I carried it with me everywhere for four days, because I never knew when I might have a spare five minutes to steal a page or two. When I was at work, I looked forward to going home so I could read more. I read late into the night, every night. I was hooked. That, to me, is the surest sign of a five-star book: the complete inability to put it down unless I absolutely have to!

Our heroine, Rosie Fox, is of Aetherial (fae) descent, living with her family just this side of the Great Gates that divide our world from the Otherworld. Rosie's haughty neighbor, Lawrence Wilder, is the Gatekeeper, and as such, is supposed to open the Gates every seven years to allow travel, and a flow of energy, between the realms. As the story opens, however, he has shut the Gates, claiming a great danger lurks on the other side. Elfland follows Rosie, her family and friends, and Lawrence's family over the course of the next fourteen years. Fourteen years: long enough for a girl to grow into a woman, for loves to be lost and found, and for family secrets to explode. Long enough for some Aetherials to decide it's better to deny their fae nature, and for others to resort to desperate measures to reopen the Gates.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Fisher TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"What a great book!" That was my first thought on completing "Elfland." It was one of those books that I would read far into the night, telling myself: "just one more chapter, just one more chapter..." until I couldn't even keep my eyes open. In a nutshell: it's unique, it's clever, it's funny and it's definitely not what you'd expect from this particular genre.

Probably best described as urban fantasy, "Elfland" concerns a community of people known as Aetherials. The Aetherials are physically indistinguishable from humans, and move between this earthly plain and their true home called the Spiral in another dimension. A Gatekeeper controls the way in and out, but at the start of this novel, the current keeper - Lawrence Wilder - has flatly refused to open it, claiming that there is something deadly on the other side. Some Aetherials believe him, others don't, and yet there's nothing that any of them can do considering that only Lawrence has the power to open it.

As year follows year, the Aetherials feel the inevitable entropy that comes without access to the rejuvenating powers of their home, and the latest generation grows up with no experience of their powers or heritage. Some are quite happy with this arrangement, wanting to embrace normality and the human world. But obviously, others are more interested in finding a way in...

Despite all the fantasy trappings, "Elfland" is predominantly a family drama, as most of the action involves the members of two specific families: the cold and wealthy Wilders, and the warm and loving Foxes. Between the two families exists a strange bond, not a "feud" as such, but rather an inability to keep out of each other's lives for reasons that only become clear when the dark family secrets are brought to life.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. Palmerini on September 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I stumbled onto Elfland on accident...I had never heard of it and I usually do a little research before purchasing a hardcover book. The beautiful cover art prompted me to pick it up, but it was the praise from a couple of authors I really enjoy (Charles de Lint, and Tanith Lee) that actually brought me to the check-out. Best book I have purchased this year! It easily makes my list of favorites. Along with other reviewers, I devoured this book and simply couldn't put it down.

The world of the Aetherials is an enticing one, but the real reason this story stands out against the rest is the wonderful characters and the relationships they have. I feel like the fantasy genre can crank out the magic and world-building, but well done characters make the difference between a good idea and a great story.

I loved how family relationships, romantic relationships, and friendships represented--to me -- how they feel and what they mean during different points of the character's lives. Rosie Fox, our protagonist, learns to trust her instincts through trial and error. She finds love and loses it, and finds it again.

My one complaint....after I put down this book, I immediately went to look for more from Freda Warrington, but this is her first American release, which means all of her other novels are a little more difficult to get and some are very pricey. I hope Elfland's success will lead to re-prints here in the U.S. I am anxiously awaiting more from Warrington.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By silver elves on November 9, 2009
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we gave this book five stars...
dear lovers of faerie lore,
... but we'd like to give it seven stars. In fact, we bestow upon it the the Seven pointed Elfin star. If you took Charlotte Bronte and merged her with Jane Austin and brought her into the present writing in the Magical Realism style of Alive Hoffman about elves in modern Britain, you'd have this wonderful novel. It could be called a "tale of two families" for it tells of the relationships between the Wilders and the Fox family, who are both elven/aetherials, and upper class British citizens. There is romance here, and longing, and a beast that lurks beyond the gate to Elfin, for which reason it has been sealed and closed, creating protests among the Vaethyr, the elves on Earth/Vaeth. We could go on, but instead, simply read this book. No one's ever come closer to understanding the modern Faerie folk.
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