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Review: Fairies by Skye Alexander

Are we surprised that someone named Skye wrote a non-fiction book about Fairies? No.

An enchanting treasury of fairy lore! Around the corner, behind the bushes, and just out of sight…fairies have spent hundreds of years weaving their way in and out of our homes and gardens to spread their magic. Featuring folklore, mythology, and poetry from around the world, this lovely collection reveals these ethereal spirits’ extraordinary powers and the history behind their existence. From the case of the Cottingley fairies in the early twentieth century, whose photographs fooled thousands (including Arthur Conan Doyle), to the mischievous fairies found in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the fascinating stories surrounding these magical sprites are sure to captivate anyone who has ever dreamed of catching one hiding deep within her flowerbed. Whether you’re interested in exploring the history and culture or just want to learn more about fairies’ powers and trickery, you’ll love plunging into the enchanting tales that bring these whimsical creatures to life. Complete with hundreds of lovely illustrations, Fairies reveals the magnificent beauty of these mesmerizing sprites as well as their knack for causing mischief.

This has been a very interesting book. I adore folktales, fairytales, myths and legends… but I’ve never read a non-fiction book about any of it.

The book is divided in two parts, one part about the history of fairies and the other about fairies all around the world. You’d think that the history part would be my favourite, but unfortunately it wasn’t. The first part was a bit slow, and the second part wasn’t long enough and way too Europeancentric. It would’ve been interesting to read more about African fairies, or Asian fairies, but they had very short chapters whereas certain European areas had whole chapters dedicated for them. Mind you, the Netherlands wasn’t mentioned either, which was a shame because we have a rich unknown fairytale-esque history.

In every chapter there was a little story about a person or persons who have encounters with fairies themselves.

All in all, it wasn’t a bad book. I enjoyed it, it was greatly written and the topic was highly interesting, it’s just a shame it was so European and (white) American centric!


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