Faerie Apocalypse Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B07GMST85F
- Publisher : IFWG Publishing Australia (August 18, 2018)
- Publication date : August 18, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1723 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 248 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,355,888 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story follows four different mortals (most of them unnamed) who enter the Lands Of The Realm for various reasons, and wreak havoc upon it, intentionally or otherwise. I won’t say any more because part of the appeal here is seeing where Franks goes with this – and it’s not where you might think. The chief criticism I have is the lack of a sympathetic main character – not a hero, which would defeat the purpose of the story, but someone who could at least offset the senselessly destructive nature of everyone else. The faerie playwright Nentril Revallo is the most likeable character here for my money, and while he plays a key role in the story, he’s still a minor character. Overall it’s rather bleak and nihilistic for my taste … and yet it has to be for the story to work, and I do appreciate what Franks is ultimately shooting for here. So if yr interested in seeing someone take a chainsaw to the whole faerie-fiction paradigm, this may be just the thing.
A superb critique of the madness of desire, the impacts of personal quests and the nature of faerie. A strong thread of black humour and strong action throughout also helps propel this finely written story forward.
Franks also does a great job of twisting and subverting troupes, while simultaneously showing that he also has his own story to tell.
I wouldn’t say I “enjoyed” this sharp and black book – but it will stay with me for a very long time and I highly recommend it.
You should read it.
Jason Franks has. And he doesn't think very highly of them.
Faerie Apocalypse plays with the tropes of quests and fantasy violence. He twists the old storytelling standards of cycles-of-three, cunning humans outwitting faerie malevolance, all the same-old-same olds.
Franks isn't afraid of being pretty damned gruesome with it, either. Many encounters end not merely with violence but with gore so extreme it's less horrific and more a form of nihilism. If Shakespeare wrote Titus Andronicus in a spirit of 'I'll show YOU a revenge tragedy!', Franks has said, 'I'll show YOU a tide of pointless butchery!'.
Except that it's not pointless. The purpose, mostly hinted at throughout the brutal excapades of the mortals, the mage, the daughter of the warrior queen and the Bad Little Dog is very pointed, but it's a spoiler to say what it is.
I loved how the inklings that supposed mortal questers aren't as noble or heroic as they're cracked up to be turn into certainties that they're all pretty awful people with little regard for the consequences of their actions. Where they go, death follows, on a scale that humans in the mortal world have wrought with such horrific abandon.
The level of butchery is a bit much at times, but it's a deliberate choice that is less gratuitous than it seems, by the time you reach the end and learn why. Though the hint is in the title. It is a faerie apocalypse, after all.
I'll admit that I have a fonder spot in my heart for the wild and wickedly funny Bloody Waters , but it's good to be reading Franks again and I'm looking forward to whatever comes next.