Tough Travels: Fae

tough travelsSo I’m participating in this week’s Tough Travels meme again – hosted by Nathan of Fantasy Review Barn, this is one great way to explore Fantasyland and create lists, YAY! Don’t forget to go and check out what other participating bloggers have put on their lists – my tbr expands every week because of them! :)

This week, we’re looking for the elusive FAE. Err. Let’s just say that they’re somehow different than elves (think Tolkien), and keep it at that. They come from the realm called Faerie (or however you like to write it) and are known to be tricky, if not downright hostile in their relations with humans.

  1. wise-mans-fearFelurian from Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicle. She’s the pretty Fae lady who lures Kvothe into the land of the Fae, singing her seductive song. What follows is… uhm… well, Kvothe definitely gains an education there, that’s for sure.
  2. Rowan Whitethorn from Sarah J. Maas’s Heir of Fire. Oooh, a swoony Fae warrior? Yes, please. He made a blood promise to his queen so he’s bound to serve her. He’s the one who trains Celaena in magic. He also turns into a bird, which is cool (review).
  3. Tink from Jennifer L. Armentrout’s WickedHe’s actually a brownie and is a friend to Ivy, but the Fae in this series are heartless bastards set on destroying humanity, while Tink is a Harry Potter addict and bakes chocolate cakes. Waaaay cooler (review).
  4. The Fae warriors from Kevin Hearne’s HoundedThey’re working for the Celtic god of love and they get their asses handed to them by Atticus the druid when they try to kill him. Not that important, but hey, they’re there (review).
  5. falconer2Derrick, the pixie from Elizabeth May’s The Falconer. I didn’t particularly enjoy this novel (reasons here) but Derrick was one of the best features of the story. He’s hooked on honey and a real friend to Aielana (he’s similar to Tink in this regard). The other Fae in the story are really dangerous and Aielana spends her days killing them off.
  6. Oberon, Titania & crew from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Yes, I actually read this thing. It’s my favourite Shakespeare play and I really wish to see it on stage some day but Slovenian theatres insist on 4-hour, horrible renditions of King Lear for some reason.
  7. Cornish pixies from J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsI don’t know whether they count as Fae, but this is a wonderful scene, I love Kenneth Branagh in that role (even if I can’t pronounce his surname).

And that’s it for tonight, it’s 11.30 pm on Wednesday and I desperately need sleep! :)

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Which fae have I forgotten to add to this list? 

I’d love to hear your thoughts and read about your choices! :)

  • I’m loving how eclectic this list is: from Pat Rothfuss to JLA to Shakespeare. Perfection! Tink is my homeboy. And I definitely recommend seeing A Midsummer Night’s Dream live, it’s an experience (a way better one than awful 4-hour King Lear productions).

    • Kaja

      Yeah I may have to visit another country for the stage version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream – really.
      I just went through my “read” shelf on Goodreads and collected everything, I guess I read a pretty wide range of literature :D
      And I can’t wait to see what role Tink will play in the series!

  • I’m kicking myself for forgetting Heir of Fire AND A Midsummer Night’s Dream!! I mean come on…A Midsummer Night’s Dream is pretty much THE Fair Folk. ARggghhh! (It’s my favourite Shakespeare play too!)

    • Kaja

      I thought admitting to favouring A Midsummer Night’s Dream would be frowned upon – Will is known for his tragedies first, I think :) I’m glad to have another comedy enthusiast here!
      And Heir of Fire is seriously good, right?

      • 1. I LOVE the ToG books. Crown of Midnight has been my favourite so far because it was such a game changer for the series, but Heir of Fire was absolutely fantastic too.
        2. I actually prefer Shakespeare’s comedies! I think part of it is that I just tend to prefer comedies, and well…Shakespeare is the KING of it all. He’s so good at it! And the tragedies tend to have protagonists I want to roll my eyes at ALL. THE. TIME. (Really Hamlet? REALLY?)

        • Kaja

          Hi, Elizabeth, thanks for stopping by! :)
          I’m a huge fan of S J Maas as well! I can’t wait for A Court of Thorns and Roses (or for Queen of Shadows for that matter).
          And yes, half the time when I was reading Shakespeare’s tragedies, I thought: “None of this would have happened if you’d only TALK to each other, people! (Othello is a prime example but Hamlet, too. He’s such a weird person).

  • You’re right, Kvothe definitely gets a very thorough education from Felurian. ;) And this is the second list on which I’ve seen Shakespeare crop up – I wish I’d thought of him!

    I think ‘Branagh’ is just pronounced ‘Branner’. :)

    • Kaja

      I think all the women in Kvothe’s life that came after Felurian will thank her for that particular education.
      Oh, cool, so there’s no guttural GH sound at the end of Branagh’s name? Luckily I don’t think I’ve ever had to say his name aloud in public, so I’ve probably avoided humiliation ;)

  • With so many titles to choose from I will certainly get a well-rounded education on fae! :-)

    • Kaja

      Heh, I’m no expert – I think that Fae (and Elves) are the most elusive of the fantasy creatures by their very nature, so it’s hard to pin them down exactly!
      Thanks for stopping by :)

  • I simply love your list – and thank you for the Rothfuss contribution – i’d completely forgotten that element of the story.
    I also had Midsummer Nights Dream.
    And I completely forgot about the Cornish pixies. I’m just ashamed :(
    Lynn :D

    • Kaja

      Thanks, Lynn! :) Cornish pixies are cool, yeah, but I always felt so sorry for Neville in that scene :D

  • Okay, is it fail I’ve only read one of these books? (Harry Potter, unsurprisingly.) I feel like I’ve heard a lot about The Falconer, but have never grabbed a copy. Oh! I do have Heir of Fire though and plan on reading it soon. I must admit, I’m really looking forward to it just to meet Rowan because I’ve heard so many good things about him! :)

    I’m not sure what I’d add to the list, I really don’t think I’ve read many fae books. The only one that comes to mind is Tithe by Holly Black. I think I enjoyed that series, but it’s been so long that I honestly don’t remember much of it. >.<

    • Kaja

      Yeah Falconer wasn’t my favourite so if you have anything else lined up, go for that instead ;) There’s insta-romance and all.
      But Heir of Fire is a definite must if you liked the previous two books (it’s waaaay better than them, though).

      Holly Black’s books have popped up on a number of lists this week, so I might have to check them out!
      Thanks for stopping by, Asti! :)

  • Oh, how I hated the section with Felurian in The Wise Man’s Fear but she’s a good example of the mysterious and alluring Fae. I love the inclusion of A Midsummer’s Night Dream! I hope you do get to see a live production of it sometime – I agree it’s better than King Lear:).

    • Kaja

      You hated Felurian? Really? I liked that part because it’s so like Kvothe to brag about it :D He can be *such* a jerk sometimes!
      ANYTHING is better than a 4-hour version of King Lear, though I actually liked the original play when I read it. But I like Shakespeare’s comedies better.

  • Oh, I looooved Rowan Whitethorn. He’s probably more swoonworthy for me than any other male character I’ve read in a YA novel because it’s clear he’s not meant to be a love interest for Celaena (at least I hope it stays that way). It’s so rare to see a story where a male character mentors a female and doesn’t actually end up in her pants by the end of the book. His dedication to training her actually makes it sexier in my eyes.

    • Kaja

      Yep, Rowan is awesome. I know he’s not meant to be with Celaena but there’s some chemistry there anyway – this is why I loved him. Plus he’s so loyal to his dead wife and all. That promise he makes to Celaena at the end, though, was SO COOL. I can’t wait to see what will happen next – he’d be a good match for Manon, don’t you think? Though she could also be gay, I’m not sure…

  • Cornish Pixies! I knew there was something from Harry Potter I could add, but didn’t get it. I first though of Houseelves, but I’ve excluded all the elves already (Because I looked it up, and apparently there already was a Tough Travel with Elves) and I didn’t think of Cornish Pixies. They appear only once throughout the whole series, so you easily forget them…

    • Kaja

      I try to have one Harry Potter reference each week ;) Yeah I thought of the house elves as well, but you’re right, they don’t exactly fit!
      Thanks for stopping by! :)