Adult Fairytales: The Merry Gentry Series, October Daye Series, and Lost Girl

2 Jan

Ask most people young and old today about fairies and they will probably describe Disney’s version of Tinker Bell, a small diminutive beauty who playfully flutters about sprinkling pixie dust, but not all fairies are so benevolent or kid friendly.  The following fairy tales are geared specifically for grownups with much darker adult themes which draw upon the fairy myths and legends of the Sidhe (pronounced Shee in Gaelic).  So if you dare, come away with the fairies in these two book series and one television series available from BCCLS Libraries!  And for those who would like to discuss Science Fiction and Fantasy works with other fans of the genre come to the first meeting of the Hoboken Public Library’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Discussion Group on Monday, January 13 at 6 PM.  We will be discussing our favorite authors and books and planning what we will be reading in the upcoming months.  You can call 201-420-2347 or email hobkref@bccls.org for more details.

Laurell K. Hamilton’s Merry Gentry Series

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There are currently eight books in the Merry Gentry Series starting with A Kiss of Shadows.  This is a guilty pleasure, with a fun mix of urban fantasy and mystery.  The series focuses on Meredith Gentry, a real life faerie princess.  She is the first Sidhe royal born in America, where the faerie have fled after years of conflict in Europe.  Because of this she is continuously threatened with assassination (because of her mixed blood Merry is not immortelle).  She hides in Los Angeles working as a private investigator with a group of royal faerie guards.  The focus shifts gradually from Merry’s interaction with the “real” world and focuses more and more on fairy politics and Merry’s struggle to produce an heir to the throne.  As the books in the series progress there is also an increasing focus on erotic romance and less on the mystery elements (around book 5 this noticeable ).  This has divided many fans and any Laurell K. Hamilton forum is fairly equally split between those that prefer her earlier works and those that do not mind the shifting focus of her later novels in both the Merry Gentry Series and the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Series.  The long awaited ninth book in the series, A Shiver of Light is scheduled to be released on June 3, 2014.

Seanan McGuire’s October Daye Series

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There are currently seven books in the October Daye Series starting with Rosemary and Rue.  Seanan McGuire’s October Daye is also part fairy and part mortal, however, October isn’t a fairy princess, but a “changeling” which in this series is looked down upon by the pure blood fairies.  The series starts out on a bleak note with October having only recently returned to human form after being transformed into a koi for over a decade after which neither her fiancé or her daughter wants anything to do with her since they believe she had abandoned them.  Like Merry, October worked as a PI and though she tried to get out of the business as well as cut her ties from the Sidhe, she is sucked back into both with the murder of a long time frenemy.  This McGuire series is much darker in tone compared to her lighter In Cryptid series (discussed in our Halloween 2013 blog post), but fans of one will still enjoy the other for the interesting characters and creative use of mythological and legendary creatures (I especially love her cat-like rose goblin).  This series will appeal to those who want a slightly weightier take on the fairy world than the Merry Gentry series; both contain violence, but the sexuality in this series is more discrete.  The Winter Long is scheduled for fall of 2014, with A Red-Rose Chain (2015) and Once Broken Faith (2016) to follow in the series.

Lost Girl

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Lost Girl is a Canadian Urban Fantasy Crime Drama that is televised on the SyFy network in the United States.  In Lost Girl although there is a focus on the light and dark fae, which reflect the Seelie Court and the Unseelie Courts of Scottish folklore, many other creatures of myth such as vampires are translated into the show’s mythology as part of the fae community.  The series follows a succubus named Bo (Anna Silk), who struggles to control her supernatural powers which can drain humans of their life force while trying to the uncover the mysteries of her birth since she was adopted.  There is a bisexual love triangle between Bo and Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried), a werewolf, and Dr. Lauren Lewis (Zoie Palmer), a human doctor indentured to the fae, both of whom Bo loves deeply.  Fans of HBO’s True Blood series, should also enjoy this drama.   My favorite character of the series is Bo’s PI Partner and BFF, the charming Ksenia Solo, as reformed gypsy thief, Kenzi.  Kenzi frequently dons elaborate punk/goth outfits and a changing array of wigs; not since Blood Ties’ Coreen, have I so looked forward to seeing what a TV character would be wearing each week.  Other favorites of mine are fae bartender, Trick (Richard Howland), and devilish dark fae, Vex (Paul Amos).  Both the individual episodes and the overarching story line are enjoyable in the series.  Season Four is scheduled to premiere on TV in United States in January, but while you wait for the latest episodes, Season One is available from BCCLS on DVD.

-Written by Aimee Harris, Head of Reference

2 Responses to “Adult Fairytales: The Merry Gentry Series, October Daye Series, and Lost Girl”

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  1. New Arrivals at HPL: Check Out the Library’s New Ereaders & Tablets, and Some New Books about New Moms–The Book of Life, On the Whole, and Shiver of Light! | Hoboken Library Staff Picks - August 13, 2014

    […] had written about Laurell K. Hamilton’s Merry Gentry series previously in my blog post about adult series about fairies.  In her latest novel Merry had given birth to triplets.  Since […]

  2. LGBTQ Urban Fantasy Series: The Sleepless City and Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator | Hoboken Library Staff Picks - September 2, 2015

    […] Trilogy, Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files, Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter, or Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series.  Since they are both available as ebooks they are just a click away for our Hoboken Library […]

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