can be summed up in three sentences. Girl and boy pine for
one another. Outside circumstances seem to prevent them from
being together forever. Conniving friends and relatives work
to make couple realize their mistake.
two main couples that fit the bill in this story, three if
you count the man sleeping with his brotherís wife. (Ah, ah,
ah Ė youíll have to read the tale to find out whoís doing
Richard Henri, aka Jake and heir to a human throne, is madly
in love with a wandering half-Dryad named Marnie. Ten years
ago, Marnie walked away from their relationship to prevent
Jake from abdicating.
aka Cat, sister to Jake, is in love with Sam, Marnieís
shape-shifting half-brother. Only Sam takes after his
philandering father, Lance Johnson. Trying to tie Sam to one
woman is like attempting to fence water.
his friends have concocted a plan to take over a neighboring
country, Terrantoo, through political maneuvering. Too bad
they havenít made sure the key players are on board. Hereís
where the familial ties get closer than a polygamist sect.
James, father to Cat and Jake, married the elf Melody,
mother to Jamesí kids. Melody was sister to Queen Mab, ruler
of Terrantoo. Lance slept with Sheba, Queen of the feline
shape-shifters. This produced Sam, Catís lover. Lance also
slept with Sylvan, Queen of the Dryads, creating Marnie,
Jakeís sweetie. And then thereís Lanceís real wife, Violet,
and their hoard of kids, including the youngest, a
traitorous boy with his own ambitions. Naturally, Queen Mab
would prefer to name her own successor.
a trip through Terrantoo, a country filled with elves,
brownies, angels, unicorns, dragons, ogres, and such, solve
editing errors, including an aversion to commas, mar the
smooth flow of this story. Thereís an abundance of well done
sex scenes, including a male-male incident between Jake and
Sam. The latter surprised me. I understand the authorís need
to showcase Samís generous and giving nature, but somehow
that sex scene, no matter how well done, put a little damper
on the re-budding relationship between Samís half-sister and
read Crossing Faeryland, it feels as if the
author is sitting beside you and telling you a bedside
story. It's filled with strong heroines, flawed heroes, and
a mish-mash of fantastical creatures. Take out the sex
scenes and the story could happily entertain children as
well. My only desire was for a true villain or villainess.
Few of the characters stepped up to the plate and all were
pretty much de-vilified by the end. Donít let that keep you
from booking your ticket to Raine McIntyreís fairy world.
You wonít be disappointed.
P.S. This is also one of those stories I wish they would
turn the cover into a 18 x 20 poster. Gorgeous and original
cover art like this should be displayed on the wall.