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Feist, author of the popular Magician fantasy trilogy, turns to the horror genre in this slick, only partially successful novel of a very modern family newly settled into a house on the edge of an enchanted woods. Each member of the familyretired actress Gloria Hastings, her novelist and screenwriter husband Phil, his teenage daughter by a previous marriage, their twin eight-year-old boys, and a dog and a catis touched in some way by "the Bad Thing," as the boys call it, which turns out to be a forest spirit out of ancient folklore. Feist builds atmosphere with intimations of the supernatural that soon escalate into outright violence. It is the boys who most clearly perceive the Bad Thing, and who eventually confront and defeat it. While the plot has some intriguing features, the book is afflicted by a superficiality of characterization and a flat, uninteresting style. 150,000 first printing; $150,000 ad/promo; BOMC and QPBC selections.
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Californians Gloria and Philip Hastings migrate to upstate New York to live in an old farmhouse near a stretch of virgin forest. The three Hastings children are soon caught up in a love-hate relationship with Celtic creatures of mythology that inhabit the dark and mysterious wood. An oft-told tale of a new family in a haunted house/land, this better-than-average dark fantasy novel features solid writing, strong development of both human and nonhuman characters, and a well-realized sense of geography. A tantalizing sense of foreboding permeates the novel and makes it highly readable. By the author of Magician , this is recommended for middle-sized and larger public libraries. BOMC featured selection. James B. Hemesath, Adams State Coll. Lib., Alamosa, Col.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (January 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553277839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553277838
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 17, 2006
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Let me cut to the chase. I loved this book! I simply could not put it down. I only lament the fact that I had left it sitting unread on my bookshelf for years. It is really unlike anything else I have ever before read. The book that comes closest is "The Stolen Child" by Keith Donohue. So, if you enjoyed that book, you will definitely enjoy this one.

In this book, the author, who is renowned for his epics in the fantasy genre, gives the reader a contemporary tale interspersed with elements of fantasy and horror. Well-written and highly imaginative, the author fully engages the reader with this finely crafted story about a family that, seeking respite from the pressures of our modern day world, moves from California to a small hamlet in upstate New York. Little do they know that their new home, set in a bucolic, rural setting, is really a gateway to another world, one that is inhabited by creatures of ancient lore. They will soon discover that looks can be deceiving and that ancient forces are at work all around them.

Be prepared to be swept away by magical portents and a faerie world that exists side by side with our world. Know that the battle between good and evil is ever present. This is a wonderfully told tale of a family that finds itself engulfed by events beyond their ken. So skillfully does the author tell this dark, well-crafted story that the unbelievable quickly becomes believable, fully engaging the reader in an absorbing book that the reader will find impossible to put down. Bravo!
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With "Faerie Tale," Feist allows his readers a glimpse into the world of Phil Hastings and family. Though not what one might call the typical American family, the author invokes our sympathy by making the Hastings family a realistic one (i.e. a divorced family with a teenager from one and two small children from another marriage). The Hastings clan makes the mistake of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. They become caught up in a situation that few could comprehend - indeed, the only person in the novel that has any conception of the situation is an old Irish alcaholic. Feist very cleverly weaves ancient Irish myth and modern life together in a work that keeps its reader on the edge of his seat. This book is a terrific example of today's industrialized society clashing with the gods of yesterday. It is a ghost story that reminds us that some things from the past are best left unknown. This was the first book I read by Mr. Feist and I belive it to be the best of his works. In my career as a bookseller, I recommended this book dozens of times and have never come across anyone that was able to stop reading. I forced all of my colleagues at the bookstore to read it and years later, they still recommend it. In fact, I think I may be personally responsible for keeping this book on the shelf! If you enjoyed any of Feist's other works, I strongly suggest you try "Faerie Tale." Fans of the suspense/horror genre will also find this an entrancing read. I have been an avid reader for many years and this book has definitely made my top ten, if not my top five.
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Faerie Tale is a fast-paced, compelling story about a family who encounters the ancient mythic race known as faeries in modern upstate New York. It begins, as do many tales of the supernatural, when the family buys an old house in the country. The Hastings are an affluent family; Phil is a successful writer, his wife Gloria a former actress. They have a pair of twins, Sean and Patrick, who love to play baseball and hike in the woods. Phil's daughter Gabbie (from a previous marriage) is an heiress from a wealthy family on her mother's side. Unusual things begin to occur in and around the house. The twins sense a dark, evil presence beneath the aptly named Troll Bridge. Gabbie is almost raped my a mysterious man who then vanishes into the woods. The Hastings learn that the house was previously owned by someone with ties to a secret society that dabbled in the occult. What I like best about the novel are the vivid descriptions of the faeire folk and their mysterious behavior. Feist packs the story with a lot of genuine folklore. By the end, some of this gets mixed up in original and probably not historically accurate ways, but that's not a problem with a fantasy. I found the mundane aspects of the book less compelling than the supernatural. The family interaction sometimes seems a little too stereotypical. Some of the plot devices, such as Gabbie meeting the love of her life practically the day the family moves in, seemed a bit contrived to me. Another thing that I found annoying, which probably won't bother many readers, is the way the Hastings seem gratuitously rich. It seems that some books and movies give characters lots of money simply because the public enjoys being exposed to wealth.Read more ›
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And, as I'm sure you might guess by reading the generally good reviews for the books of Raymond E. Feist, his books are in fact pretty good. I certainly like them. And I loved this one.
It is not his typical fantasy book, though, so readers of his other works should keep that in mind. This book is more of a cross between modern suspense/horror and fantasy. It is a great read, one of those hard to put down kinda books. Mr. Feist weaves a delightful tale that will thrill you page after page.
He has a very interesting idea about how things might be with regards to the 'handling' of supernatural events, also. I won't say more, so as not to spoil anything, as this part of the tale comes at the end. But if you are intrigued by the concept, other writers such as Katherine Kurtz sort of work a similiar idea in some of their tales.
At any rate, this is one of my favorite books to recommend, so that is what I shall do. Recommend it to you!
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