A short, urban fantasy tale set in Edinburgh, Scotland. An introduction to the Edinburgh Elementals series.
Michael has just moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, to make a fresh start with his three children. While they're out exploring the city, he's relaxing with a glass of wine.
That is until a knock on the front door leads to a bizarre revelation from a strange, red-haired woman, and an encounter in the attic with some unexpected guests.
About the Series...
Giants, pixies, mermaids - all creatures confined within fairytales. But what if these being were as real as you or I? They're not that easy to spot but if you look properly you will find them.
Thanks to her different-colored eyes, Edinburgh resident, Hattie, can clearly see that goblin sitting on the park bench tripping up passers-by, or the salamander that's relaxing in the flames of next door's bonfire. As long as the creatures don't bother her, she won't bother the creatures. But if they do cause trouble, they'd better watch out...
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A thoroughly enjoyable story beautifully read
I'd recommend this book to friends who enjoy magical realism, where fantasy breaks through into the 'real' world, and also simply friends who enjoy a fun tale with lots of tension and intrigue... (what is in the attic?), with memorable characters and situation, the whole thing peppered through with lots of humour.
I loved Hattie. It's very hard, when reviewing a short story, not to give away spoilers, but she was a great combination of mystery and down-to-earth humour, which is brilliantly set against the slightly incredulous Michael.
Chris Barnes' voice is a joy to listen to - and his narrator accent complements the book's Scottish setting.
In this story, he not only gives distinct voices to the quite different characters, but also guides the listener through a book which has a real mixture in tone throughout the story: there are moments of tense unease as Michael starts to learn more about his new home and what may lurk within, through to moments of Pratchetesque absurdity.
Barnes handles all of these well, sensitive in his narration to the writer's words and characterisation. Thoroughly enjoyable.
made me LOL in a crowded room!
I think Chris Barnes accent was perfect for the story setting and humour element
the pixies hiding as hedgehogs!
the pixies getting paint balled - not sure how Chris Barnes kept his voice so stable I was literally laughing and snorting in a crowded room
laugh - many times!
I am looking forward to the other two currently in this series!