Charming and lyrical, The Fairies of Sadieville continues Alex Bledsoe’s widely-praised contemporary fantasy series, about the song-wielding fairy descendants living in modern-day Appalachia.
“This is real.” Three small words on a film canister found by graduate students Justin and Veronica, who discover a long-lost silent movie from more than a century ago. The startlingly realistic footage shows a young girl transforming into awinged being. Looking for proof behind this claim, they travel to the rural foothills of Tennessee to find Sadieville, where it had been filmed.
Soon, their journey takes them to Needsville, whose residents are hesitant about their investigation, but Justin and Veronica are helped by Tucker Carding, who seems to have his own ulterior motives. When the two students unearth asecret long hidden, everyone in the Tufa community must answer the most important question of their entire lives — what would they be willing to sacrifice in order to return to their fabled homeland of Tir na nOg?
Praise for ALEX BLEDSOE
“As always, Bledsoe infuses his setting with a rich sense of location, atmosphere, and history, underscored by folk music; the secret tragedies of the Tufa unfold over multiple eras before returning to the present….Bledsoe’s series continues to enthrall with complex and nuanced stories.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Imagine a book somewhere between American Gods and Faulkner. Absolutely worth your time.” ―Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author
Praise for the TUFA Books
“Long Black Curl makes me so happy that there are authors writing real North American-based mythic fiction…one that sits so well it feels like it’s always been a part of us.” ―Charles de Lint
“Beautifully written, surprisingly moving, and unexpected in the best of ways.” ―Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author, on Wisp of a Thing
“Haunting. . . . It’s a mixture: folk tales and folk songs, updated with a dose of Sex and the City. Or, you might say, a rustic version of ‘urban fantasy,’ with its suggestion that there’s mystery just around the corner, hidden behind even the dullest small-town facade.” ―The Wall Street Journal on The Hum and the Shiver
“Captures the allure and the sometimes sinister beauty of the Appalachian backwoods.” ―Library Journal, starred review, on Wisp of a Thing
“It’s no secret that music stirs the soul, and combining that with a folk-tale setting makes a deeply heart-rending novel.” ―RT Book Reviews (four stars) on Long Black Curl
“With his subtle, character-driven approach, Bledsoe skillfully fuses music, legend, and regional atmosphere to create something that feels like an unexplored corner of American mythology.” ―Publishers Weekly on Chapel of Ease
“A fine installment in the popular series and a fine way for newcomers to join in the fun.” ―Booklist on Chapel of Ease
“This book is a graceful merging of magic and mundane that charmed me to my core.” ―Bookworm Blues on Chapel of Ease
“A fun, fascinating read that revels in elements of folklore, magic realism, and just good old fashioned suspense and interpersonal drama.” ―Our Lives Magazine (Madison, WI) on Chapel of Ease
After three hours, Justin and Veronica had cleared about two-thirds of the desktop, and were coated in dust and book dander.
Justin sneezed. “Maybe we do need those masks.”
“Look at this,” Veronica said in wonder. She held an old three-ring binder, the ragged cover patched with duct tape and the pages faded to yellow. Veronica read aloud a note clipped to the cover:
My mother loved music, but we could not afford a record player. So she sat beside the radio and each time a song she liked came on, she listened and wrote down as many lyrics as she could. Each time, she got a few more, until finally she had the whole song, and put it in a special notebook. My love of folk music started with these notebooks.
It was signed Doc Adams, 1983. The date marked on the first notebook page was November 14, 1929.
“That’s so sweet,” Veronica said, her eyes misting. She opened the notebook and sighed. “Oh, my God, look at this!”
On the page were carefully written lyrics in a beautiful cursive hand, faded but legible despite nearly a century having passed since they were recorded. The first song was “Wayfaring Stranger.”
Copyright © 2018 by Alex Bledsoe
ALEX BLEDSOE is the author of the Eddie LaCrosse novels (The Sword-Edged Blonde, Burn Me Deadly, Dark Jenny, and Wake of the Bloody Angel), the novels of the Tufa (The Hum and Shiver, Wisp of a Thing, Long Black Curl, and Chapel of Ease), and the Memphis Vampires (Blood Groove and Girls with Games of Blood). Bledsoe grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. He now lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
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