Five From the Faerie by James Hartley

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Five From the Faerie by James Hartley
Publisher: Whispers Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, YA
Length: Short Story (80 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

Fantasy encompasses a number of interesting ideas which are, somehow, not quite real. Here are five stories that deal with topics like witches, fairies, a trip to Oz, or a deal with the Devil. Not real, perhaps, but definitely interesting …

This is a short story collection that has been dusted by magic. Each story has a magic theme of one sort or another. I thought it sounded like fun and it was.

The author has put together an interesting mix of stories that will make a young one’s imagination spark. I’d use this author’s work to help inspire your young one to write. The stories are simple and short but they leave a mark on you. I won’t forget these little treasures quickly. Anyone who enjoys fantasy tales and magic that sometimes backfires will have fun with this group of stories.

The first story in the book has some sexuality in it. It’s very brief and essential to the story line, but that’s why I suggest the reader should be at least 14. The story’s title is “The Fairy Tale” and the message I left with was: Don’t fall asleep in the woods…”

This story is my favorite: “Which witch?” Mr. Hartley’s humor shows here. A young witch practicing early gets in trouble.

“Speedy” is also a fun tale. The author gives his character a conundrum to solve. How will he do it?

“Names” is a silly little story with a demon it. It has an interesting ending, too.

The last story is “Dorothy’s Daydreams of Oz”. The author changes the ending of Oz and it’s much more fun than the movie.

What I would really like to do is have a cup of coffee with this author. His mind is fertile with ideas, his stories have quirks, and he can do a whole story in a few pages. I bet he’d be a very interesting conversationalist. Why don’t you read these tales and see what you think? You might want to join us for coffee…

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