The Fairies of Sadieville: The Final Tufa Novel (Tufa Novels, 6) Hardcover – April 10, 2018
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“As always, Bledsoe infuses his setting with a rich sense of location, atmosphere, and history, underscored by folk music; the secret tragedies of the Tufa unfold over multiple eras before returning to the present....Bledsoe’s series continues to enthrall with complex and nuanced stories.” ―Publishers Weekly
Praise for the Tufa books:
“Long Black Curl makes me so happy that there are authors writing real North American-based mythic fiction...one that sits so well it feels like it's always been a part of us.” ―Charles de Lint
“Beautifully written, surprisingly moving, and unexpected in the best of ways.” ―Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author, on Wisp of a Thing
“Haunting. . . . It's a mixture: folk tales and folk songs, updated with a dose of Sex and the City. Or, you might say, a rustic version of 'urban fantasy,' with its suggestion that there's mystery just around the corner, hidden behind even the dullest small-town facade.” ―The Wall Street Journal on The Hum and the Shiver
“Captures the allure and the sometimes sinister beauty of the Appalachian backwoods.” ―Library Journal, starred review, on Wisp of a Thing
“It's no secret that music stirs the soul, and combining that with a folk-tale setting makes a deeply heart-rending novel." ―RT Book Reviews (four stars) on Long Black Curl
“With his subtle, character-driven approach, Bledsoe skillfully fuses music, legend, and regional atmosphere to create something that feels like an unexplored corner of American mythology.” ―Publishers Weekly on Chapel of Ease
“A fine installment in the popular series and a fine way for newcomers to join in the fun.” ―Booklist on Chapel of Ease
“This book is a graceful merging of magic and mundane that charmed me to my core.” ―Bookworm Blues on Chapel of Ease
“A fun, fascinating read that revels in elements of folklore, magic realism, and just good old fashioned suspense and interpersonal drama.” ―Our Lives Magazine (Madison, WI) on Chapel of Ease
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.04 pounds
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765383365
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765383365
- Dimensions : 5.66 x 1.45 x 8.62 inches
- Publisher : Tor Books (April 10, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The good: I enjoyed the story of Sadieville itself, and the narrative line of missing mining town was well done--it reminded me of a bit of Matewan in the midst of the book: we get a sense of how the mining companies operated, and an early 20th century mining town makes a good setting to amp up threat in the novel. Of course, all our favorite characters are present too, and I enjoyed seeing so many earlier story lines make an appearance in this book too. And there's the mystery too: what happened to Sadieville? All of that was enjoyable.
However, for sometime I've been mildly bothered by the way Native people were talked about in this series (more than once the author has a character refer to Native people as just another immigrant group, which is problematic. Usually it was just a line or two, so while it rankled this reader, I ignored it. But then we find outselves back in pre-history in this book, and the "Native" people in these scenes are so cliched it's embarrassing (they talk in sort of cliched movie Indian talk, many moons, etc. This is a writer who usually handles characterization beautifully, but he really fell into the worst sort of cliches in portraying the original inhabitants of this land). It just didn't sit well with me at all.
And really? The overall end was disappointing. I won't say more because I don't want to include spoilers, but I found the ease with which the situation was defused disappointing, and if I had not known this was the last book in the series, I wouldn't have believed it: it seemed more like just another book in the story and not the best one, either.
I'm not sorry I bought the book or the earlier ones--I do find much to admire and enjoy in this series. I just wished for a better end.
The book is has three layers. It starts and finished with a pair of graduate students investigating a mysteriously-forgotten mining town that was destroyed a century earlier. The story within the story takes place in that town, and shows the events preceding its destruction. The story within that story describes the first arrival of the Tufa. (We are occasionally told that the Tufa have been on earth for geological ages, but in this story they meet humans who are already living in North America - hence "thousands of years" rather than many millions.) The thread that connects the three stories is a passage that might lead to the Tufa's original home.
The book is well-crafted and worth reading. It isn't special the way "The Hum and the Shiver" was. And it doesn't have much of a plot; it's mostly a vehicle for the author to say goodbye to this creation.
I sure hope that Alex Bledsoe will be tempted to return to this world and these people sometime in the future.