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Briar Queen
Katherine Harbour

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Night and Nothing #2

June 2015
On Sale: June 2, 2015
Featuring: Serafina Sullivan; Jack Fata
368 pages
ISBN: 0062286773
EAN: 9780062286772
Kindle: B00NEP2OXO
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Also by Katherine Harbour:
Nettle King, April 2016
Briar Queen, June 2015
Thorn Jack, July 2014

Why is Faery fiction such a popular fantasy subgenre, especially in Young Adult? There’s the demon lover aspect, a common theme in Faery fiction, especially of the urban variety (Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series, Laurell K. Hamilton’s Merry Gentry and Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series’, as well as Karen Marie Moning’s Fever books). In Elizabeth Hand’s MORTAL LOVE and Tim Powers’s THE STRESS OF HER REGARD, the Irish Leannan sidhe is a lover and a vampiric muse. In the Asian film The Haunted Bed, the spirit of a man murdered beneath a tree carved into a newlywed couple’s bed becomes menacing and seductive, like the Irish Gean-cannagh, the lovetalker, who seduces his victims and leaves them to die. And then there are the countless Elf knights, Faery princes, and otherworldly girls who have always haunted Fantasy.

And there’s the shapeshifting. Most Faery, in many cultures, tend to be capricious and mysterious, with connections to the dead, fallen angels, the old gods, or the four elements, and this variety of characters translates beautifully to contemporary fiction. Faery queens become the ultimate Mean Girls, as in Holly Black’s Tithe series or Maggie Stiefvater’s LAMENT, stealing mortal men to become their consorts. An evil Elf Knight disguises himself as a tattoo artist in EXCEPT THE QUEEN by Midori Snyder and Jane Yolen. A Faery king and queen hide in plain sight as an ordinary/extraordinary family in John Crowley’s LITTLE, BIG.

A Faery’s shapeshifting qualities also tend to include animal characteristics, another hallmark of demon lovers—the goat-footed Glaistig, the lovely kumiho (a Korean fox spirit), and fish-tailed mermaids—all lure men to their doom. The brooding Faery king Oberon in Neil Gaiman’sTHE BOOKS OF MAGIC has the horns of a ram. Judith Tarr’s fairy lovers, Alf and Thea, in the medieval-era The Hound and the Falcon, have the eyes of cats.

‘Fayerie’ means ‘the art of enchantment’, and Faery is fascinatingly Other; creatures who resemble us, but aren’t us. And the more human a Faery/demon paramour becomes, the more the balance of power shifts to the mortal. When the murderous Elf in the ballad ‘Isabel and the Elf Knight’ is lured to sleep by his intended prey, she kills him. The strutting Goblin King in the film Labyrinth loses his power when denied. Other Faery become heroic when their emotions get the better of them; the Pooka in Emma Bull’s WAR FOR THE OAKS; the horned Faery prince in Holly Black’s THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST; the ruthless and bereft Elven king Thranduil in The Hobbit films.

In THORN JACK and BRIAR QUEEN, Jills and Jacks are literally heartless knights who grow hearts when they fall in love. That’s when they become vulnerable. The same happens to the shapeshifting Fatas—love becomes the downfall of the creatures who call themselves the children of night and nothing.

So maybe it’s the power of love, after all, that makes the romance of Faery so appealing.

About Katherine Harbour

Katherine Harbour was born in Albany, NY (upstate NY is where Thorn Jack takes place) and now lives in Sarasota, FL. She briefly attended college in Minneapolis, Minnesota, before attempting life as a painter (the artsy kind). She has been writing since she was seventeen and juggling a few jobs while doing it.

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BRIAR QUEEN

About BRIAR QUEEN

The dark, moody, and mystical fantasy begun in THORN JACK, the first novel in the Night and Nothing series, continues in this bewitching follow up—an intriguing blend of Twilight, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alice in Wonderland, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream—in which Finn Sullivan discovers that her town, Fair Hollow, borders a dangerous otherworld . . .

Serafina Sullivan and her father left San Francisco to escape the painful memory of her older sister Lily Rose’s suicide. But soon after she arrived in bohemian Fair Hollow, New York, Finn discovered a terrifying secret connected to Lily Rose. The placid surface of this picture-perfect town concealed an eerie supernatural world— and at its center, the wealthy, beautiful, and terrifying Fata family.

Though the striking and mysterious Jack Fata tried to push Finn away to protect her, their attraction was too powerful to resist. To save him, Finn—a girl named for the angels and a brave Irish prince—banished a cabal of malevolent enemies to shadows, freeing him from their diabolical grip.

Now, the rhythm of life in Fair Hollow is beginning to feel a little closer to ordinary. But Finn knows better than to be lulled by this comfortable sense of normalcy. It’s just the calm before the storm. For soon, a chance encounter outside the magical Brambleberry Books will lead her down a rabbit hole, into a fairy world of secrets and legacies . . . straight towards the shocking truth about her sister’s death.

Lush and gorgeously written, featuring star-crossed lovers and the collision of the magical and the mundane, Briar Queen will appeal to the fans of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely.

 

 

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Re: Catherine Harbour | The Romance of Faery

I absolutely LOVE the Night and Nothing series!
(Debbie Wiley 6:32am June 12, 2015)

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