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The Book of Faeries: A Guide to the World of Elves, Pixies, Goblins, and Other Magic Spirits Hardcover – April 1, 2002

4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • An enchanting and inspirational guide to the history of faeries, their role in the universe, and their place in our lives
  • Descriptions of more than 50 types of faery from all over the world, with their folklore, characteristics, and attributes explained
  • Special rituals and recipes to help you find favor with the faery folk, plus their favorite plants and trees revealed

    Lavishly illustrated in glorious color, The Book of Faeries opens up a world of wonder that will fire your imagination and feed your soul.
  • About the Author

    Francis Melville is also the author of Love Potions & Charms and The Book of Angels, both recently published by Barron's and currently available. He has written on a variety of subjects for many publications, including The Times of London.
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    Product Details

    • Hardcover: 128 pages
    • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (April 1, 2002)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0764154575
    • ISBN-13: 978-0764154577
    • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    By Dee Sanfilippo Solindas on November 6, 2004
    Format: Hardcover
    This small book has colorful and inventive illustrations, drawing mostly on fairy folklore from around the world. Following a brief introduction about origins of faery and entering the faery realm, there are chapters on Elementals & Nature Spirits, Faery Helpers, Tricksters & Seducers, Angelic Faeries and Rituals and Recipes.

    Each section is accompanied by a simple exercise that the author suggests can connect you to these beings of nature and energy. In addition to the traditional nature spirits, the author describes a number of others, including Jack Frost, Jack in the Green, the Blue Fairy, and Wee Willie Winkie. The book is well researched and written. The last section, covering Rituals and Recipes, has simple techniques and suggestions for contact and introductory work.

    The Book of Faeries is a pleasant place to begin a journey into faery. While there is much more to say about the subject, I'd highly recommend this book as a good place to start.
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    I thought this was a very nice compendium of faery types for those who may not want to delve really deep into the lore. I have been reading on the faeries for twenty-five years, and certainly would recommend this to someone who wanted a good over-view of the subject. I very much appreciated Mr. Melville's respectful attitude toward them and this earth they sustain and protect. I felt very good after reading this book, and appreciate the reverence that went into the writing of it. Great illustrations too -- some of them reminded me of the work of Marc Chagall.
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    Format: Hardcover
    Great book for reference, the activities to connect with the faeries are extremely effective. Faery lore and legend are accurate. The book is filled with beautiful pictures of individual types of faeries, each page with full colour. A good introduction for beginners to the world of fae. It is interesting, and offers a gentle approach.
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    By A Customer on March 11, 2002
    Format: Hardcover
    I learned so much about the traditions of the little people all over the world. It made me laugh and cry and filled me with a sense of wonder. Countless generations of people the world over can't be wrong! The little people DO exist! - Oh and the illustrations are wonderful.
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    By A Customer on January 26, 2004
    Format: Hardcover
    Melville did a wonderful job in puting this book together and the information in it, is absoutly stunning. Although at times I wish he had given more information on some of the faeries (Such as the Undines). The illustrations are pretty good, but I rather have a book with no illlustrations in it at all.
    This book has 5 chapters:
    Elementals & Nature Spirits (Sylphs, Devas, Elves, ect.)
    Faery Helpers (Brownies, Dwarfs, Domovoi, ect.)
    Tricksters & Seducers (Leprechauns, Pixies, Morgan le Fay, ect.)
    Angelic Faeries (Peris, Erotes, Lauma, ect.)
    Rituals & Recipes
    I give this book a 4.5 stars overall.
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    I keep my mind ever open to all the possibilities of life and the unexpected delights. I believe just because you haven't seen it, doesn't mean it doesn't exist. This book is a delight. I recommend it for all who have a belief in the spiritual and the possibilities of all that can be encountered if one believes. Highly recommend seller!
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