Faeries, Fey, and Unicorns, Oh My! A Guest Post by Kristen at Bookworming in the 21st Century

Kristen at Bookworming in the 21st Century is a YA Blogger who does a ton of contests, reviews, blogger interviews and more. I’m super excited that she agreed to do a guest post! Check out her blog, she’s got a ton of awesome contests for her blogoversary! Without further ado:

What do you get when you combine faeries, fey creatures, a unicorn and a Renaissance Faire altogether? A fantastic trilogy!

I stumbled upon Gillian Summers’ The Faire Folk Trilogy while working at the public library during college. If you know anything about me, you know that I love anything to do with faeries, so I checked it out and brought it home.

I’m going to share a little about each book with you and then my thoughts on the first two – I have the third at home, waiting to be read. 🙂

The Tree Shepherd’s Daughter

The Tree Shepherd’s Daughter

Summary from Goodreads:

When her mother dies, fifteen-year-old Keelie Heartwood is forced to leave her beloved California to live with her nomadic father at a renaissance festival in Colorado. After arriving, Keelie finds men in tights and women in trailer trash-tight bodices roaming half-drunk, calling each other lady and lord even after closing time! Playacting the Dark Ages is an L.A. girl’s worst nightmare.

Keelie has a plan to ditch this medieval geekland ASAP, but while she plots, strange things start happening—eerie, yet familiar. When Keelie starts seeing fairies and communicating with trees, she uncovers a secret that links her to a community of elves. As Keelie tries to come to grips with her elfin roots, disaster strikes, and Keelie’s identity isn’t the only thing that’s threatened.

One part human determination and one part elfin magic, Keelie Heartwood is a witty new heroine in a world where fantasy and reality mix with extraordinary results.

My Thoughts:

Interesting start to a trilogy about a girl who can speak to trees and use their power to heal. There are some great characters and some intrigue that should keep the trilogy enthralling.

Into the Wildewood

Into The Wildewood

Summary from Goodreads:

After squelching an evil plot by a rotten fairy, Keelie Heartwood is ready for fun at the upcoming Wildewood Renaissance Faire. Getting to know her elf dad has been great, but camping out in his homemade RV while acting out the 16th century isn’t so fab. Keelie prefers hot showers and wearing a watch, thankyouverymuch. And a cool new cell phone would be nice, too. But with fairies turning up in the oddest places, an unfortunate misunderstanding about a credit card bill, and that nasty, stuck-up elf-girl, Elia, Keelie’s plans to have a good time are all but ruined. So far, life as an elf isn’t all that enchanting.

And then the unicorn shows up.
My Thoughts:

The second book in the series and it still had a great element of plot and characterization. The ending did seem a little too tied up nice and neat, but then again, there is hopefully another book coming. I like the new characters, Robin Hood and his merry men, the Pickle Man, Lulu the Witch, and of course, Lord Einhorn, the unicorn. It’s a great mix of angsty teen life melded with the world of the faire and the elves and other creatures that exist in it.

The Secrets of the Dread Forest

The Secrets of the Dread Forest

Summary from Goodreads:

Now that she has (sort of) defeated a diabolical elf, Keelie Heartwood reluctantly joins her father in the Dread Forest. Her “real” friends are gone, her dad is preoccupied with his new responsibilities as Lord of the Forest and now it seems that her budding romance with the hunky Sean is dashed. Except for her impossible guardian cat Knot, and Alora, a demanding and bratty little princess tree, Keelie has no one to hang with—unless you count that nasty elf-girl Elia, who suddenly wants to be Keelie’s frenemy.

Meanwhile, an age-old rift in Keelie’s family and among the elves reaches a dangerous climax as humans and dark magical forces alike encroach on the elves’ enchanted realm. The fate of the Dread Forest—and of all who dwell within it—lies in Keelie’s hands.

And, I’m REALLY excited, because the first in the newest trilogy about Keelie is out as well!

Shadows of the Redwood

(The Scions of Shadows Trilogy)
Summary from Goodreads:

Summer is here, and all sixteen-year-old halfelf Keelie wants to do is visit her friend Laurie in L.A. Instead she, her cat Knot, and her cranky, medieval, elf-lady grandmother are on their way to help the Redwood Forest, whose tree shepherd is missing.

With the help of the handsome Sean, and Scott, her father’s former apprentice, along with a mysterious coyote, Keelie sets out to find the lost tree shepherd. But can she discover the deadly secret of the Bloodroot tree in time to vanquish the darkness and save the Redwood Forest?
There’s nothing like a series of faerie books with a unicorn character in them!

About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith says

    Thanks for this post! Wow!

    Bill 😉

    Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
    and "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

  2. Hm.. the only comment is spam *goes to do a post about it*

  3. Jan von Harz says

    Sounds like an interesting trilogy.

  4. I've seriously never heard of this trilogy yet it sounds far better than they other fey books I've ever stumble upon before. Thank you for bringing these books onto the spotlight.

  5. aprilnichole.com says

    I've never heard of these. I'll have to add it to my list. I've just started checking out books with Fey in them.


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