Autodidact: self-taught


God Save the Queen by Mike Carey

by V. L. Craven

[This post is from a previous blog]

Mike Carey is the author of the Lucifer series, which I love and which is why I picked up this one. It was interesting enough–I was curious about the legend of the land of Faerie after reading Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke–but I should have started with a more textbook explanation. This jumps in as if the reader already knows that the land of Faerie is supposed to run alongside the world we live in and you can visit if you’re lucky (or unlucky, depending on how you look at it).

In this story, the queen of Faerie, Titania, has been displaced by a rather unpleasant sort of fairy. Meanwhile, in our world, a young woman begins hanging around with some dodgy types who do heroin but require some of her blood to mix it with for reasons that later become apparent. Doing this drug (which is a special faerie sort of heroin) allows the drug users to return to Faerie. Which is something you really want to do.
The young woman vows to help Titania regain her throne while learning some very interesting things about herself and her parents.

Overall I enjoyed it, though some of the facial expressions didn’t seem to match what the characters should have been feeling, to my mind. Perhaps they just weren’t responding to the situation in the way I would have done. I give it three and a half stars.

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