Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Faire Magic
SERIES: The Faire Folk #5
AUTHOR: Madeleine Ribbon
PUBLISHER: Loose Id
LENGTH: 326 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 10, 2017
After a stint in prison and a deal with the FBI, Perry has found his way back to the magical Renaissance Faire. He desperately needs safety that only the Faire can provide, but the magic is almost gone.
When trouble follows Perry and threatens the Faire, the only person who can wield what’s left of the Faire’s magic is Mystery, a man reincarnated from an otherworldly flying serpent.
Mystery does what he can to help out, but there’s only so much he can do when Perry’s fate–and that of the Faire itself–lies in the hands of a man Perry would rather avoid.
I love this series but I’ll be perfectly honest, I wasn’t all that thrilled to be reading Perry’s story. With that in mind, I’m very glad to say that I liked this book a lot; certainly much more than I expected to bearing in mind I wasn’t terribly happy with one of the main characters. If you’re familiar with the previous books in the series, you’re already acquainted with Perry but for those that aren’t, Perry has been in and out of trouble, both with the residents of the Faire and the Law for years. I didn’t like him when I saw him before and I really wasn’t sure how I was going to find myself liking him any better now.
The last book in the series was fantastic; I’d loved the set up and how Mystery came about. I will admit to finding it fairly amusing that any time Perry caught Mystery looking at him, it freaked him out. Now that more than a year has passed, the Faire is gearing up for more problems, mainly stemming from the loss of the magic that allows it to pass between Earth and the Glenn. I enjoyed the set up for the story a lot and seeing how Mystery has changed over the last year was great. I will admit also, that Perry did start to grow on me after a while; finding out more about his past certainly allowed for more empathy towards him on my part as well as offering up a solid explanation as to why he made the choices he did in the past. The story itself up until around 60% was good but it was past that point that things really picked up and I found myself completely engrossed in what I was reading.
Perry was, in my opinion, totally redeemed by the end of the book and I actually did find myself liking him at the end. I’m not sure if this will be the final book or not but I can see the series easily continuing and have several people in mind that could feature as a main character. Time will tell but if the author does release a new book, I know I’ll be all over it like I was all the rest of the series. If you enjoy unusual fantasy books or books that allow for character redemption, you might want to check this one out. It is best read in series order, however, so do keep that in mind.