Myths Untold: Faery
Publisher: Wilde City Press
J. Scott Coatsworth
Cover Artist: August Li
Format: eBook, Paperback
Release Date: 4/13/16
Price: eBook $5.99, paperback TBD
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.
The Pwcca and the Persian Boy, by Gus Li
Despite beauty and luck, something about Glyn makes everyone uncomfortable. Homeless on the streets of Cardiff, he has nothing to keep him going but his friendship with Farrokh. Through stealing and fortune’s occasional favor, Glyn keeps them alive. But then homeless youths begin to disappear, and when Farrokh goes missing, Glyn begins to discover the reasons behind both his luck and the way people react to him. Determined to save his friend from a danger he never imagined, he enlists the help of Lleu, who might be an ally, or might be manipulating Glyn to achieve his own goals.
The Other Side of the Chrysalis, by Brandon Witt
In a species that values beauty above all else, Quay looses both his freedom and his birthright as prince of the fairies. Lower than an outcast, he watches over his younger brother, hoping against hope that Xenith’s rebirth will provide safety and positions that has slipped through Quay’s grasp. Though he expected kindness from no one, Quay gradually starts to trust that there is more to life, even for the likes of him, as sexual encounters with Flesser, a fairy barely accepted himself, turn from lust to love. Quay knows having forbidden relationships will be his undoing, but he is powerless to turn away.
Changeling, by Skye Hegyes
With his pointed ears and a tail, Tyler’s always been different than the other children, but until Marsh, a brownie tells him he’s a changeling, he never thought he wasn’t human. Now he will discover what faery life is like, and just how being a changeling could change his life. On the way, his ties with his mother will be pushed and prodded even as his friendships grow and his love life blossoms. However, in a village of God-fearing people, those who are different are spurned and Tyler will discover how much trouble a fledgling changeling can get into.
Through the Veil, by J. Scott Coatsworth
In the not-too-distant future, San Francisco has been swamped by rising sea levels caused by global warming, and has only survived by building a wall to keep the water out of the heart of the City. Colton is a trans man barely getting by on the canals outside the wall. Tris is an elf who has come to the human world on his journey to become a man. Fate brings them together, and everything changes for Colton when he sets out with Tris to find the elf’s missing brother, taking Colton behind the Wall for the first time.
I love find new authors by reading anthologies and I hadn’t read anything by any of these authors before. Myths Untold: Faery, although being stories linked by a theme, are a group of quite different tales.
The Pwcca and the Persian Boy by Gus Li tells the story of Glyn and Farrokh although it is really Glyn’s story. I loved the world building in this, and the way the author explores reality and illusion. Glyn tries to save those sucked in by illusion but is he really doing them a favour? I liked that this story was not afraid to ask that question, and the neat twist at the end as Glyn takes his destiny into his own hands.
The Other Side of the Chrysalis by Brandon Witt explores a world in which faeries aren’t always very nice. The world in which Quay lives is not an easy one and he is an outcast. The ending wasn’t one I expected, but it was realistic. The cast of characters were interesting, each with their own motivations, some good, and some not so much.
The Changeling by Skye Hegyes showed a very different world than the two stories that had come before, but even so it is one populated with bullies and those afraid of anything different. I loved the sweetness of the friendship and romance and that the author didn’t just focus on the two main characters. Tyler’s mother, and Gareth, the healer are fully formed characters in their own right, and I’d love to read more about them.
Through the Veil by J. Scott Coatsworth sucked me in with the first couple of paragraphs and didn’t let go until the end. The world building in this story is fabulous, and very easy to visualise. It paints a very grim picture of a dystopian future, but despite that there are good people, and hope. I loved the main characters Colton and Tris, and I really hope Scott decides to revisit this world someday. It felt as though their story was just beginning.
I’d recommend Myths Untold: Faery to readers who like anthologies which share a common theme but tell very different stories. 4.5 out of 5 stars.