By M. Todd Gallowglas
A survivor of the Faerie War, Boy Scout finds himself the target of a group of Red Caps sent to retrieve him. But he’s not just any survivor. Boy Scout is a Bard, a soldier tasked with remembering the fallen during their battles in Faerie realms so they will not be forgotten in mortal lands. He and his companion Cendrine have to figure out who wants him, and why, before he ends up dead, or worse.
I’ll admit it. Most of my knowledge of the Unseelie and Seelie courts comes from some half-remembered Shakespeare and Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and if I’d be running to Wikipedia every paragraph. M. Todd Gallowglas does a good job of giving you the information you need if you don’t have any familiarity of the Old Knowledge used to fight Faeries. After shooting off to a rapid start, the middle section does slow in pace, mostly to give you information about the state of the world after the Faerie War. The ending had a satisfying twist I did not see coming.
Will I be buying the next installment when it comes out? Yes. M. Todd Gallowglas has created a world and a story that have captured my interest, and I cannot wait to see what he has planned for it.