Mar 19 2011 11:00am

Tinkerbell Need Not Apply: Faerie in Paranormal Romance

Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse in True BloodWhen someone says “faerie,” 'fess up: Do you think of Tinker Bell? A tiny little blonde who hangs around with a tribe of cute and helpful, frolicking pixies?

Those are not the particular brand of fae I want to discuss. So put all that sweetness and light out of your mind, and head with me to the darker side of faeries.

Perhaps the most well-known and recent occurrence of faerie is in Season 3 of True Blood, where we discovered that Sookie is part-fae, and then some other fae strolled into Bon Temps, Louisiana, and tried to destroy the town and its inhabitants.

Darkfever by Karen Marie MoningOr the fae that almost, ahem, sexed Mac (from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series) 'til death in a museum, leaving her naked on the floor in front of tons of onlookers (he apologized for it later, in the Fever Series, for what that’s worth). But what is the inspiration for these somewhere between angelic and demonic creatures?

Faeries, or the Fae, originally appeared in old English tales to help explain either unnatural events or disabilities in humans. Some distraught parents believed that the Fae took children and replaced them with changelings. More recently, ties have been made between the fae and modern-day wiccans—it is believed that the Fae will assist the Witch with spells if they can trust the welding Witch.

Faes, by their very definition, hang out in a limbo between our world and theirs. Their stories are most commonly told of in countries of Celtic origin. The modern reader finds them not hanging around in limbo, however, but usually in bed. With someone who can’t resist them.

Sookie is indeed a modern-day Faerie. No supernatural being can resist her enchantment. She’s hopelessly camouflaged in her human appearance of nonchalant waitress exterior, but they can sense her. And they are lured in by whatever it is she’s got, Fae-wise. No wonder this little unassuming Merlotte’s server casts such a spell!

Unlike Sookie, the Fever fae know exactly what they are doing and exactly how to get what they want. In Karen Marie Moning’s series, V’Lane, the Prince of the Light Seelie, is what our delightful protagonist Mac refers to as a “death by sex” fae. I don’t believe there are any pictures that could adequately depict his heavenly image, but if I have to put him into words, he would be a mash-up of Owen Wilson, Matt McConaughey, and Brad Pitt . . . Hang on, I need a moment to regain composure.

*dating game music playing in my absence*

Anyway, this guy is some seriously hot stuff. The first book, Darkfever, marks V’Lane’s first appearance in Mac’s world.

A more urban look at faeries can be found in Rae Lori's Ashen Twilight series. Intriguing and dark, this series offers a glimpse of the world of Ariya and her delightfully attractive Jace. He is a warrior among the fae, and a pretty darn hot one to boot.

So, whether they possess you or kill you byway of lethal sex injection, they’re here to say, creeping into romance-land at full force.  


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Charli Mac
1. CharliMac
I received a free copy of Darkfever at a RWA conference. I have to check it out after this post. Thanks!

I love old Celtic tales of the Fae. They are revered in parts of Ireland, especially the southwest.
Donna Cummings
2. Donna Cummings
*adds more books to the TBR pile* I'm never gonna get everything read, but it's gonna be fun trying!
Mary Beth Bass
3. marybeth
Great post! I've never read Karen Marie Moning, and now she's on my TBR.

R. Garland Gray wrote three gorgeous fairy books for Medallion: Predestined, Fey Born, and White Fells. They read like historical fantasy and are based on late 20th century discoveries of evidence of a Roman presence in ancient Ireland. Sexy, lyrical and moving they are three of my favorite books!
4. JulieD
be ready to be hopelessly addicted to the Fever series - i couldn't stop and almost went out of my mind waiting for book 5 to release. KMM also wrote the Highlander series, in which dark Fae are prevalent - in fact, they're pretty much all the backstory to the Fever series and explain a lot about the background and characters. I'd recommend reading them first!

the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr are also all about the dark fae, as are the Merry Gentry books by LK Hamilton. all worth a read!

(be warned, the MM books are YA, while the LKH are most definitely NOT)
5. SharonS
I find Fae appealing becasue they are usually pure earth magic. The original stewards of the earth. I imagine them being around before all the other supernatural creatures. Niether good or bad, but self serving. They have no need for humans other than entertainment. And they will be here long after we are gone.
Aliza Mann
6. AlizaMann
To those who have read Moning, she is really just awesomesauce!! It was my first fae, and I am very happy that I picked it up.
To those that haven't read them yet, the first book is a Kindle freebie! Even better!
Megan Frampton
7. MFrampton
I just finished Shadowfever last night, and now I am sad--very sad--that part of the series is over.
8. Dee Jay
Your post was awesome!! Now I want to read a book with a Fae in it!! Thanks for letting me know who interesting faeries are!!
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