Reviewed by Jenna
TITLE: Myths Untold: Faery
SERIES: Mythos Untold #1
AUTHOR: Brandon Witt, August Li, Scott Coatsworth, Skye Hegyes
PUBLISHER: Wilde City Press
LENGTH: 247 Pages
RELEASE DATE: 13 April 2016
Faeries are part of mythology the world over, past, present, and future. Called elves, brownies, the fae, and more, they evoke a sense of wonder and a little danger. Faery has its own rules, and humans enter at their peril. In this spirit, we bring you the first book in the Myths Untold anthology series—four stories from the land of the Fae: a homeless man in Cardiff and the luck that could destroy him; the trans man in future San Francisco who falls for an elf; the village boy who has always been a little different; and a faery prince whose birthright was stolen from him. Welcome to Faery.
This anthology was very enjoyable. The first story, The Pwcca and the Persian Boy, starts out with Glyn and his Persian lover, Farrokh, trying to survive day by day on the streets. I really loved the picture portrayed here. Though they camped out together and were lovers, Farrokh was easily upset and would take off from time to time. However, after hearing about strange disappearances of young people, Farrokh disappears without precedence, and Glyn cannot rest until he finds out what happened to him. Glyn eventually find him, but he also discovers something unbelievable about himself. This faery tale started out spectacular and had me hooked throughout, but the ending was a little disappointing.
The second story, The Other Side of Chrysalis, was another that I really loved in the beginning. A faery prince is cast away, stripped of his wings, and castrated. His mother and faery kin are to blame, but he cannot tell his younger prince brother about what they did to him. The faery prince meets with his brother until the day he realizes there is a plot against him. This story came alive in my imagination and I really felt for the fallen prince, but I wasn’t fond of the ending, which was a little sad.
The third story, Changeling, was a spectacular and romantic faery tale about a changeling who learns about his origins after meeting and falling for a brownie. I really loved the world building in this story and it ended with a HEA.
The last story, Through the Veil, was an action packed adventure with faeries, demons, and many other magical creatures. The main character, Tyler, was a transman who was in the processes of transitioning, but still had not received surgery. There was so much going on in this story that I was initially a bit lost. However, I loved the romantic elements and the fact that Tyler was able to find someone who loved and accepted him.
Overall, this anthology was a wonderful read. I recommend it to anyone who loved m/m fantasy, m/m romance, faeries, and magical creatures.