Faerie Riddles by Cassia Rose (review)

Tagline: Human scholar of the fairies beyond the wall runs into an enthusiastic changeling puppy, riddles, and plenty of fae trickery and danger…

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Title: Faerie Riddles
Author: Cassia Rose
Genre:  M/M Fantasy (Fae)
Format:  Novella (17k words, 51 pages)

Series: Walk on Wild Side

Sites:  Publisher | Goodreads
Publisher: Dreamspinner (June 2016)

ISBN: 978-1-63477-496-3

Retail:  $3.99

Also available:  Walk on Wild Side Anthology

Rating:   starstarstarstar  (I really liked it!)

Dreamspinner’s 2016 Daily Dose anthology includes 30 romantic male/male shifter stories released one a day during the month of June.


Synopsis: Alastar the scholar studies the fae creatures who live beyond the Great Iron Wall, and he is assisted by the puppy-like but also mischievous Gadhar.  When his changeling friend presents a riddle that stumps him, the researcher must continue to seek answers in the changeling village.  The problem of riddles at first fade as an injury, a misunderstanding, and encounters with extremely dangerous creatures all glower over Alastar. Eventually riddles become front and center again, in a way only a fae can make things happen.  When a difficult and dangerous turn takes Alastar’s need to care for the bouncy fae-ling to a new level, danger erupts from a wide variety of unexpected places including, perhaps most chillingly, Alastar’s own short-sighted words.


Review: I am a sucker for fairie-inspired stories with the right balance of trickery and enjoyable whimsy, and this story had a wonderfully faelike exploration of these lighthearted, devious, flighty, and dangerous creatures.  The author has a somewhat straightforward story wrap around plenty of fairie-inspired twists and turns for such a short piece.  Alastar’s earnest and serious scholarship is a nice contrast to Gadhar’s puppy-like enthusiasm.  Through quick moving plot developments, interesting characteristics of the changeling village, dangers to changelings from human inventions and prejudices, and threats to Alastar’s well-being due to his own misjudgment and fae trickery, all these elements are woven nicely into a flowing story.

Recommended for fans of: Fae; riddles; dragons; serious scholars who need to lighten up a bit.

Sizzle:
Explicit Heat: fire – Not explicit: A coupling central to the story that is mostly fade to black, a nice moment but not a page burner
Passion: heart  heart –  Some passion:  decent chemistry is definitely struck, although the step to the next level is a bit awkward.
Genre:  Fantasy / Romance
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