Magic, or better said, the universe, is such a curious thing. I had been thinking for a long while about fairies, their world, their legend, and Celtic folklore has been an intermittent interest in my mind since I was a kid, one I had been recovering these days. It was a curious surprise that I had the chance to read and review “Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk,” a juicy book by Morgan Daimler.
Despite the fact that I always try to have no expectations and an open mind when I start reading a new book, especially and even more when it’s about a subject I know nothing about, which was the case in here, I certainly didn’t expect this to be such an academic, yet interesting text to put my hands in.
I came across Daimler’s name some time in the past while I was searching for something different to learn about, and I immediately thought she could be a very trustworthy author when I decided to start learning about the Celts and the Gentry, she seemed to be an expert in my eyes, and man I was right.
It doesn’t matter how complicated the subject can be or how hard to explain could be a point, the author’s style is direct, easy to follow and to understand. She doesn’t hesitate when she has to extend herself, explaining the same thing under different lenses with the support of many, many references, making this a highly summarized book of different myths, legends and lore surrounding the Fair People in Celtic mythology.
Daimler has done an exhaustive research on the subject, which could be hard for some to follow if they’re unfamiliar with academic works, but it becomes so easy after a couple of pages that you have no problem on forgetting the hard work done for this compromised encyclopedia as it becomes more like a tale, a light yet complete class on a topic you fall in love with page by page.
Despite Fairies explains explicitly the dangers, the harm and problems that could be caused by the Gentry, and trust me on this as Daimler has no problem including some of the incidents she herself, her family and friends went through because of them, it also includes how to deal with them and be protected against the most troublesome.
Besides, it includes a lot of useful information about them, their politics, their world, even some kind of ‘character profile,’ turning it into a useful book if you’re totally new to Fairycraft, want to understand more about it or simple feel genuinely curious about the myths that have found their own way into this world we live in nowadays.
The lack of illustrations was somewhat disappointing, I must say, as they would have given an interesting insight into how Themselves looked like for those who believed in them long ago. It’s not a big flaw, doesn’t create any problem in the reading process, but it’s undeniable that it would have made it way much better, maybe more appealing for the general audience.
However, I wouldn’t mind re reading Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk for future works. It made me fall in love with a subject I will explore once again, if possible, by the hand of Morgan Daimler.
Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk
Print Length: 265 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (December 8, 2017)
Publication Date: December 8, 2017
About the Author
Morgan Daimler teaches classes and writes about Irish myth and magical practices, fairies, and related subjects. Morgan’s writing has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies including By Blood, Bone, and Blade: A Tribute to the Morrigan and Naming the Goddess. Morgan is also the author of a variety of fiction and non-fiction books including the urban fantasy/paranormal romance series Between the Worlds, and through Moon Books Where the Hawthorn Grows, Fairy Witchcraft, Pagan Portals: The Morrigan, Pagan Portals: Brigid, Fairycraft, and Pagan Portals Gods and Goddesses of Ireland. Morgan blogs regularly at Living Liminally.
About the reviewer
Bader Saab is a digital journalist and self-published writer; a solitary, eclectic wiccan interested in the darker side of magic and divination; a gothic guy that tries to educate whenever he cans. Hopefully, someday he will succeed in one of them.