Elfland : Aetherial Tales

  • by Freda Warrington
  • Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Series: Aetherial Tales
  • 22 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Elfland is an intimate, sensual novel of people—both human and Aetherial—caught between duty and desire. It is a story of families, and of Rose Fox, a woman born to magic but tormented by her place in her adopted world. Led by Auberon Fox, a group of Aetherials—call them the Fair Folk, if you will—live among us, indistinguishable from humans.
Every seven years, on the Night of the Summer Stars, Lawrence Wilder, the Gatekeeper, throws open all gates to the Other World. But this time, something has gone wrong. Wilder has sealed the gates, warning of a great danger lurking in the realm beyond them. The Aetherial community is outraged. What will become of them, deprived of the home realm from which their essential life force flows?
Rose Fox and Sam Wilder are drawn to the lands beyond the gates, even as their families feud over Lawrence’s refusal to do his duty. Struggling with their own too-human urges, they discover hidden truths that draw them together in a forbidden alliance. Only by breaching the dreaded gates and daring the danger beyond can they confront that which they fear most— their otherness—and claim their birthright.


What the Critics Say

"This dreamlike, nuanced and sensual novel is reminiscent of the best of early Charles de Lint and is compulsively readable. Rose is a memorable, unique and wholly sympathetic protagonist, and the supporting cast is equally well drawn. The story of Rose and Sam is compelling, enchanting and utterly enthralling. This is simply one of the best fantasy novels of the year." (RT Book Reviews)
"Elfland... is an exhilarating, wondrous read. The scope of the imagination is breathtaking, as is Ms. Warrington’s evocative writing... a fabulous, remarkable, literary modern fairy tale. Absolutely recommended..." (Book Smugglers)
"... a distinctive spin on human/nonhuman relations in this sensuous, relationship-driven story... Solid wordplay, great pacing and a thrilling conclusion will definitely earn Warrington some new American fans." (Publishers Weekly)
"[I was] swept away in the beauty and magic of Elfland and may have shed a few tears over the wonderful, not quite fairytale ending." (Bibliosanctum)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good book

If you could sum up Elfland in three words, what would they be?

Must listen too

What was one of the most memorable moments of Elfland?

It was set in Leicester where I live

What three words best describe Matthew Lloyd Davies’s performance?

A bit confusing

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes but it was too long

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed the book well written but it was sometimes difficult to understand who was saying what.

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- elaine

One third of a fine fantasy

For the first two thirds of the book it reads like a banal melodrama dressed up as fantasy. The gate keeper locked the gate to the other world because a great menace lurks on the other side. Everyone lives their banal little lives. the last third of the book is pretty good romantic fantasy but you do have to suffer through the first two thirds.
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- Carmela

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-03-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios