A Modern Guide to the Celtic Otherworld and its inhabitants.
The subject of fairies in Celtic cultures is a complex one that seems to endlessly intrigue people. What exactly are fairies? What can they do? How can we interact with them? Answering these questions becomes even harder in a world that is disconnected from the traditional folklore and flooded with modern sources that are often vastly at odds with the older beliefs. This book aims to present readers with a straightforward guide to the older fairy beliefs, covering everything from Fairyland itself to details about the beings within it. The Otherworld is full of dangers and blessings, and this guidebook will help you navigate a safe course among the Good People.
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Very interesting read. Well written and very informative. I absolutely love fairies which is what drew me to request this book......and I was not disappointed. This book has definitions, poems and a serious look at the folkloreand mythology of fairies. Some of the things covered in this book are Fairyland, Basic Facts about Fairies, The Courts and Divisions in Fairy, Fairies in Tradition, Mortal Interactions and Fairies in the Modern World. I ~ Jessica Cashen, NetGalley
An excellent collection of fairy lore for anyone who loves the fair folk and the stories surrounding them. Highly recommend for those who want to learn more and those who love the fae. ~ Liliyana Shadowlyn, The Faerie Review
The writing is still easy to understand even though it's written more like an essay would be. I just love how well research this book is, I am not kidding when I say there is a lot of info here. It's rather mind blowing. I took my time reading this one just so I could retain everything better. A wonderful book! ~ Carrie Artrip-Sallie, http://sweetcherry69.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/2-fairy-mini-book-reviews.html
A very good and well researched book on the fairies with a well documented part on the lore and mythology of the fairy folk. Intesteresting for all those who want to learn more about fairies. ~ Anna Maria Giacomasso, NetGalley
I loved this! It was perfectly informative without reading like a textbook. I really enjoyed the author's voice and the way this was written. I will definitely be picking up other titles by Daimler in the future. ~ Jane Feldman, NetGalley
Wonderful and resourceful. Anyone interested in the good folks will want to read this book. ~ Catherine Hankins, NetGalley
I really found this interesting to read. I have family members who love fairies, and while I've never been a huge fan, I knew something about them. This book is a serious look at the mythology of fairies, and where they appear in culture. There are poems and definitions, and serious discussions of folklore. Reading this gave me more to talk about with my family members, and I could easily justify using it as a source for a paper on folklore. The prose is easy to follow, and more grounded than I was expecting. Very interesting, and informative read that I could see getting for family or friends with an interest in fairies or folklore. ~ Alexis Adams, GoodREads/NetGalley
Author Morgan Daimler cautions us that the fairies we know of, deriving our knowledge from television and movies, are nothing like reality. It turns out my vision of benevolent, fun-loving, helpful denizens of the forest might be true at times, but certainly not all the time. And was I referring to fairies from the Seelie Court or the Unseelie Court, or perhaps the Aos Si or the Boggarts? Ms. Daimler explains them, and more, in her book. If you haven’t already guessed, this is no cutesy book with a wink-wink, nod-nod amid pages of wonderful tales of helpful creatures. Rather, this is an educational read that instructs as it entertains. It would have been easy to allow readers to get bogged down with all the names of fairies as well as all the different, related denizens. Ms. Daimler keeps us turning the pages with the many delightful stories she includes that demonstrate her points about whatever subject she is currently illuminating. It is important to note that Ms. Daimler references her sources constantly, and also provides End Notes at the end of every chapter. This is not a book that someone aimlessly slapped together, but a serious look at a subject that many of us have relegated to the children’s nursery. Ms. Daimler changes that by making adults her target audience. Although the information is presented in an orderly, almost encyclopedic manner, the author is careful to always keep us entertained with a story here, a word of warning there, or maybe another cautionary tale of how dangerous it can be when you hobnob with the Fair Folk. Five stars. ~ DR Gerstein, Amazon
This was a fascinating treatment of the subject. The author outlines quite thoroughly the beliefs about the fae in different cultures and throughout history. She combines thorough research with an easy writing style so that the reader never bogs down in data. This book would therefore appeal to more serious believers as well as those readers with a more casual interest. I enjoyed this book immensely and will give it a retread. ~ Janice Bell, NetGalley
This is an absolute gem. No other modern work gives the reader a better understanding of the fair folk or offers a more comprehensive wealth of knowledge pertaining to their lore. Morgan Daimler continued to be one of my favorite authors. She draws readers in with a mix of personal experiences and practical advice that will be invaluable to anyone who wants a genuine connection with the Fair Folk. ~ Stephanie Woodfield, author of Celtic Lore & Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess, and Dark Goddess Craft
Living in the Irish countryside where fairy raths, paths and strange goings on are part of everyday life I was captivated by Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk. As with all of Daimler’s books I was impressed by her thorough research, her clarity of writing and the inclusion of a chapter giving basic guidelines for dealing with Fairies. There is so much to commend in this book that I believe it is the most thorough guide to the Good People I have read. ~ Jane Brideson, artist & blogger at The Ever-Living Ones: Irish Goddesses & Gods in Landscape, Myth & Custom
Impeccably researched and delightfully well written, Fairies - A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk is a book that every pagan who is interested in following the fairy path should read. Morgan Daimler is a leading expert on traditional Celtic fairylore and this is her finest work on the subject to date. ~ Lucya Starza, author of Pagan Portals - Candle Magic and A Bad Witch’s Blog
In my opinion this is the best book on Fairy and quite possibly the only one you will ever need. Morgan Daimler is my guru on all things fairy and this book is now my new ‘go to’ guide. Leaving behind all the gossamer wings and flowery petal skirts (thankfully) this book covers all you need to know and more from traditional fairy to the modern world and everything in between. If you want to step away from the glitter and into the REAL world of fairy then this book is a must have. Highly recommended. ~ Rachel Patterson, author of Pagan Portals - Kitchen Witchcraft, The Cailleach and Moon Magic