Title: The Fairy Killers
Author: Eric Slade
Review: The opening pages to the Fairy Killers were great, we meet Pappaw Gentry and several of his family members preparing to face what seems like some unknown enemy. The family members were are introduced to include Gentry’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren, although we aren’t given the narrators name it does provide us with a unique perspective on the whole event.
While there isn’t a lot of action in the first 1/4 of the novelette we do see a lot of internal conflict between the family members with Gentry even going as far as whipping on of his great-grandchildren for going into his basement. As we cross into the second half of this novelette Lee and Joshua caught a keeper fairy while trying to catch lightening bugs, and it is these fairies that Gentry has been collecting in his basement. Lee and Joshua are also different from their cousins as they can see the fairy whereas they can’t. We also get the feeling that Gentry is keeping a lot of secrets for the children he uses to collect the specimens he keeps in jars.
We learn towards the end that Joshua has been caught in a war between the fairies and the hunters. The hunters use the fairies as a sort of power source, which the majority of this novelette is a little confusing but the end we have a general idea of what the author is trying to get across. Overall I though this story was good although it was a little confusing at times but I will definitely be checking out the first book in the series very soon.
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