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King of Morning, Queen of Day by [McDonald, Ian]
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From Library Journal

The dangerous allure of the faerie lover manifests itself through three generations of women in this tour-de-force by the author of Desolation Road ( LJ 2/15/88). The spirits that haunt Ireland's Bridestone Wood first claim Emily Desmond in the early 1900s; in the 1930s, working girl Jessica Caldwell follows the man of her dreams into a dreamlike world; and in the near future, writer Enye MacColl battles the invisible forces of faerie. McDonald's power as a storyteller lies in his stylistic versatility and intensity of language as well as in his capacity to create vivid and memorable characters. Highly recommended.
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“An astonishing triumph of eloquence and ambition . . . It’s a stunner.” —Locus

“A brilliant book.” —Charles de Lint

“McDonald’s power as a storyteller lies in his stylistic versatility and intensity of language as well as in his capacity to create vivid and memorable characters. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal

Product Details

  • File Size: 1274 KB
  • Print Length: 409 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (July 2, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 2, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DBLRHT2
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By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) VINE VOICE on June 2, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I knew, just by reading the back cover blurb, that this book was right up my alley. Women with mystical powers? Check. Faeries? Check. Ireland? Check. In fact, I think the only reason I didn't discover this book earlier is that it was published in 1991, and I only started reading fantasy sometime in the late nineties.

The story begins with Emily, a bratty but endearing girl of fifteen, poised on the edge of adulthood in the early 20th century. Emily knows she is special, set apart-and when she sees the faeries in the wood by her family's home, she knows she will never be satisfied with ordinary life. Emily makes a colossal mess of things, as bratty fifteen-year-olds will do, and sets in motion events that will affect generations to come.

What follows is a fairy tale, but not precisely a tale of faeries; it's more of an exploration of the nature of reality and of myth, as seen through the eyes of Emily and two other women: Jessica, a glib-tongued teenager of the 1930s whose tall tales have an uncanny way of coming true; and Enye, a woman of the late 1980s, torn between everyday life and a battle with supernatural forces from the world beyond.

This is a stunning story and one that I'll probably reread over and over again. It doesn't suffer one bit from the ailment that afflicts so many multigenerational novels-the tendency for one or more of the intertwined stories to lack luster. All three of the women, and their lives and times, are vivid and passionate. And I must say, there are few male authors who can write such nuanced and three-dimensional female characters. Get your hands on a used copy of this. I wish they'd reprint it...
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Reviewer: cont1nuity from Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom

King of Morning, Queen of Day is tracking the lives of three generations of women born to the ability to see and manipulate human mythoconsciousness. From the age of Yeats to a period not far past modern day, we travel with the women as they discover their powers and face the parallel world opened by their perceptions. Each has a unique take on what they are dealing with and each finds her own rite of passage, encountering those that help and those that hinder along the way. Characters are vividly described and the plotting becomes tighter and more accomplished as the novel progresses, with the last, science-fiction third standing out as most original and unusual.
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I don't usually have trouble finishing a book but I had to push myself to finish this one. It has three distinct generations of one family that it covers, I found the first generation story the easiest to follow and the most interesting- after that it got muddled. There were some interesting parts here and there but a lot of it seemed bizarre and rambling. I never was a fan of fairy stories so I probably should have been more careful in choosing the book, but actually the first part wasn't bad. Then it just got weird.
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Extremely strange book! I consider myself to be very intelligent, but this book was hard to follow! I almost quit reading it several times but kept thinking it would get better and would explain more. That did not happen! Now I'm sorry that I spent the time reading it!!
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Don't be deceived by the silly romance cover. This is a good sf/fantasy novel. McDonald has fun parodying Victorian and cyberpunk fiction in this story tracing three generations of Irish women's interaction with the "mygmus" (mythoconsciousness).
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Based on the odd title and the fairy/fantasy book description, I normally wouldn't have given this book a chance. Fortunately for me, I was seduced by the Philip K. Dick Award and the promise of pernicious faerie threats, and I'm glad I was. The book opened up a whole new world to me, filled with fascinating ideas and delightfully terrifying monsters.

And I do mean monsters. These are not your happy, frolicking, friendly Disney Fairies. No, they are faeries, and they are dangerous. In fact, one scene involving an attack by a "pookah"--a nature spirit, the origin of "Puck" of A Midsummer Night's Dream fame--was one of the more shocking scenes I've read (and that's saying something because I am a huge horror fan).

The book is divided into three main stories. The first story takes place around 1913, and focuses on Emily, a spoiled and annoying girl living in a romantic house surrounded by an idyllic forest. When I say "annoying," I mean it in a good way--a Flannery O'Connor way--in other words, part of the fun is watching this character's teenage hubris set her up for her fate. This section of the book is narrated through letters, Emily's father's diary, and most importantly, Emily's diary, which alternates between teenage silliness and beautifully lyrical descriptions of nature and the supernatural. Emily accidentally causes the "otherworld" to intersect with the real world, with enormous consequences.

The second story annoyed me at first. I thought I had accidentally picked up my copy of Ulysses and was having flashbacks to my college days of slogging through James Joyce. I kept thinking I was imagining the Joycean style, until Jessica, the main character, is asked on a date and responds with an unmistakably Molly Bloom-esque "yes, I will, yes.
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