The Fey Man
James T Kelly
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A legendary blade. An army led by enslaved dragons. A quest to Faerie.
"Powerful" - Brian Sibley
Thomas Rymour is the prophet who cannot lie. Once a captive of the immortal fay, he became infatuated with their queen. Now returned to the mortal realms and haunted by a solitary, exiled fay, he is obsessed with returning to her.
But war brews in the west. The Western elfs march with magically-enslaved dragons under their thrall. The Eastern elfs hunt for an ancient sword with the power to break the Western magics. A sword only the fay know how to find.
An old friend brings the Easterners to Tom's door. They ask for his help. They ask for his loyalty. They ask him to free dragons and overthrow kings.
But can Tom become the man they want him to be? Or are the magics of Faerie too strong to fight?
The Fey Man is a lean, character-driven, action-packed epic fantasy novel.
Weird in a very good way :)
This world is traditional fantasy fare, yet impressively Kelly manages to rely on cliches only when appropriate. The protagonist's unusual talent of foresight keeps the narrative flowing in interesting ways, while the road trip nature of the tale allows the story to whisk you between a mix of locales each with their own interesting population & problems. Pacing is well judged with ample moments of downtime for exposition & character development between some surprisingly tense set pieces. The antagonist is mostly a unseen looming threat and this approach puts more emphasis on the supporting cast; a varied bunch, some possessing great personality & real depth to them. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a fantasy novel that concentrates more on the characters than the lore.