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Sunday, January 8, 2023

Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett

Book #8

Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries (Emily Wilde, #1)Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, this is just freaking delightful. Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by @heather_fawcett, releasing this Tuesday from @delreybooks, is the start of a cozy new fantasy series following the exploits of plucky yet curmudgeonly Emily Wilde on her adventures to write the world’s first encyclopedia of the Folk.

Having discovered the Fae are real, the science of dryadology has blossomed, and one of the youngest scientists in this new field of study is Emily Wilde, who has made it her mission to catalogue all the myriad species of Fae in the world. Her latest expedition takes her to the frozen land of Hrafnsvik, in search of the Hidden Ones, a heretofore undiscovered Folk. Preferring the company of her dog, Shadow, and her books, Emily wastes no time in unintentionally alienating the local townsfolk, until her colleague, Wendell Bambleby, arrives more or less unannounced and charms them with his wit and good looks.

Through a series of (mis)adventures, Emily and Bambleby discover the mystery behind the Hidden Ones, rescue a handful of abducted villagers, and Emily finds herself more involved in her investigations into the Folk than she ever thought possible. She also may find that making friends may be easier than she had imagined.

I quite enjoyed this introduction to Emily Wilde and the eclectic cast of characters she has surrounded herself with. Fawcett’s writing is clever, telling the story via Emily’s journal entries, giving us a first person view into how she views the world around her. The descriptions of the Folk are fantastic in all their beauty and brutality; Fawcett keeps to the idea that they can’t always be trusted.

I know I’ll be picking up a copy of this when it’s released on Tuesday and am already looking forward to Emily’s next adventure.

A huge thank you to @netgalley & @delreybooks for an eARC in exchange for a review.

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