A Faerie Story by Barbara Elsborg :: REVIEW ::
Title: A Faerie Story
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Publisher: Self Published
Published: 1 November 2019
Length: 120,000 words
Keywords : Fantasy, Faeries, Paranormal, Magic, MMM, Disabilities, Christmas, Abused, Redemption,
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A Faerie Story
Once upon a time,
the fate of three men was decided in a world where it was forever Christmas.
A faerie forced to flee his homeland
Kaegan lives in fear of his vicious twin brother. Tormented and abused, his only option is to escape to the one place he knows he’ll be safe: Inverkillen, a haven of magic, eternal Christmas where he has the chance to live the life he craves. But leaving Faerieland means taking a huge risk.
A man searching for a second chance
Aiden’s world is broken. Life is a dark and wretched place—until a chance encounter with Kaegan gives him hope for a brighter future. But fate has never been Aiden’s friend. No sooner has Kaegan come into his life, than he’s gone. Aiden is resigned to loneliness, but after he makes a startling discovery, he takes a decision that could be the biggest gamble of his life.
An anguished soul ready to end it all
Pascal is afraid to love. He’s determined not to risk his heart when he knows everything can be snatched away in a single moment. A fateful meeting leads to a night of enchantment and passion, leaving Pascal hungry to know more about the mysterious Kaegan. But when morning comes, Keagan is gone, leaving Pascal to follow the one clue he has to the beautiful stranger’s whereabouts.
Three men in search of a second chance, deep in a snowy wilderness. Will Christmas cast its magic to give them the greatest gift of all: their Happy Ever After?
The author has weaved her magic once more. The way we are introduced to the three MC as boys, each living their own nightmare of a life. Each needing to be loved. All three men are struggling with their lives.
I loved each character’s love and strength they have shown, which shines through as they accidently meet one on one in London, not knowing that their lives will be changed for ever in the near future.
Keagan is a fairy that has left fairyland to escape his evil brother and mother He first meets Aiden in London who is escaping his kind of boyfriend. Then he stops Pascal from jumping off a building after he has been sent away from his home. Keagan is a playful fun-loving person who wants to experience the perfect Christmas, so builds a magical snow village using his magical powers.
Aiden has been severely abused both physically and mentally by his drug addict mother until the age of ten, until she dies of an overdose. Like Keagan he has not had the privilege of a Christmas, unless you count the time, he stole a snow globe as a present to himself. Being disabled life has been hard and all Aiden wants is a perfect Christmas and to be loved.
Then there is Pascal, who has never been in loved and mostly only thought about himself, but all that changes when he is trapped in a snowy village and must care for a young boy and his dog who are also trapped with him. Whilst he is trapped, he learns so much about himself and for the first time he truly must put someone else first.
Fate introduces them to each other and then to them as a group, but Keagan’s jealous brother is set out to destroy everything Keagan has planned for him, Aiden and Pascal.
This is a true modern adult fairy-tale, it is full of hope magic, warmth and love. And the evil jealous family member set out to spoil everything good out of greed and revenge.
The authors story world is amazing as we have come to expect from her. The characters are well developed with their unique personalities and quirks. The story has everything you could want in a story, Fun, danger, happy and sad time, and most of all lots of love.
There is so much I could write about this book, but I don’t want to spoil the story. All I will say is whenever I see a snow globe I will remember these three men and smile.
“Let’s play noughts and crosses.” Herne dragged the blade down Kaegan’s arm, ripping his shirt, leaving a line of ruby-red beads on his skin.
Kaegan sucked in a breath at the biting pain.
“Want to be a nought or a cross?” Herne grinned.
A smile from Herne always meant trouble. Maybe more trouble than a scowl because when his brother was pissed off, he made mistakes Kaegan could sometimes twist to his advantage.
“Choose.” Herne glared.
Kaegan’s silence was one of his few effective weapons. Though not very effective because Herne drew another line parallel to the first. Deeper. Kaegan bit his lip to stop himself crying out.
Herne drew the knife twice across the two lines to make a bright red grid. Kaegan tried to wriggle free but with Herne’s weight on his body, his knees pressing onto Kaegan’s hands, his brother had no trouble keeping him where he was.
“I’ll be the cross.” Herne cut the mark in the centre square. “Where do you want your nought?”
“Not going to tell me? I’ll decide for you.”
He cut Kaegan again. Blood trickled down his arm onto the grass and Kaegan felt the earth groan. The elements were the few things in this world that truly loved him. He thought about pulling on his magic, then thought again.
Ironic that he was supposed to be the most powerful faerie in the kingdom but wasn’t allowed to use his magic against another faerie. Unfair and infuriating with a brother like Herne who was always trying to provoke him into retaliating. If he did fight back, it was always Kaegan who was punished, even for giving Herne the slightest mental shove. He was careful to avoid injuring his brother though Herne exaggerated every bruise whether inflicted by Kaegan or not. Kaegan’s other problem was that he wasn’t good at controlling the power he had. His father said it would come with age. All Kaegan wanted was to be like every other faerie.
“You’re such a disappointment,” Herne hissed. “Three hours and I’d have had the power and I’d know what to do with it.”
As the seventh son of a seventh son of a seventh son Kaegan should have been a wonder. Instead he seemed to be a disappointment to everyone but his father. To his twin brother, Herne, born three hours before him, and therefore the sixth son, Kaegan was an abomination.
“No wonder no one wants to be your friend,” Herne snarled.
Herne had made sure of that, telling lies about Kaegan from the moment he learned to talk. Before he learned to talk. Crying and rubbing his arm when they’d lain side by side in the crib as if Kaegan had pinched him when it was the other way around. Their mother had favoured Herne from the beginning. The more beautiful child, the stronger one, the one who adored her, the one who gave her his first words. Kaegan hadn’t spoken until he was four. Even now, many thought him mute because he rarely chose to speak.
Herne cut him again and again while Kaegan stared into his brother’s face without blinking, his fury bubbling toward explosion. I hate you so much. If Kaegan hadn’t been pretty sure the penalty for throwing Herne to the other side of the field would be a lengthy imprisonment or worse, he’d have done it, assuming he actually could do it.
“Look! I won!” Herne joined three crosses with one long slice of his knife and beamed at him. “Let’s play again but on your face.”
Kaegan’s fury snapped into uncontrolled rage. As Herne slashed at him, Kaegan grabbed the knife, flicked it round and struck Herne’s arm. Well, that was what he meant to do. But he missed his arm, hit Herne’s face and his brother screamed.
Barbara Elsborg lives in Kent in the south of England. She always wanted to be a spy, but having confessed to everyone without them even resorting to torture, she decided it was not for her. Volcanology scorched her feet. A morbid fear of sharks put paid to marine biology. So instead, she spent several years successfully selling cyanide.
After dragging up two rotten, ungrateful children and frustrating her sexy, devoted, wonderful husband (who can now stop twisting her arm) she finally has time to conduct an affair with an electrifying plugged-in male, her laptop.
She writes stories about two guys, two guys and one woman, and one guy and one woman in most genres—contemporary, paranormal, sci fi, suspense, urban fantasy. Her books feature bad boys and quirky heroines, and she hopes they are as much fun to read as they are to write.
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