by Merrie Destefano
I received this free digital ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review.
“Three thousand years ago, a war began between the immortals and the mortals. It’s a war that continues to this day…
Before history began, a legendary queen battled a foreign army, braved the death of her husband, and faced betrayal at the hand of someone she trusted. This is the story of Eire, Queen of the Faeries, the Immortal One, and the leader of the Tuatha de Danann.
To this day, her homeland, Ireland, bears her name, and this is the story of the war that drove the Immortal Ones into exile. It’s also the tale of how she found help from an unexpected place, leading her to a love like she had never known before.
Fairytale Christmas is a story that spans thousands of years. It’s also the beginning of all of our fairytales and legends; it’s where mortals and immortals survive because they love one another, proving that love is the greatest gift of all.
This is the first installment in the Saga of the Fair Folk, a journey that lasts until the end of time.”
Personally, I found the story to be a little too fast-paced. It covered a lot of time and a lot of events, but in a very high view. The events and scenes never really got enough time keeping them from gaining enough detail to really drawn me into the scenes. As a result, it felt rushed and made it difficult to immerse myself into the story.
I love the writing! Even though the story doesn’t get very in depth and doesn’t get too personal with the characters, it’s very well written and it offers a very elegant, enticing story. That, in itself, makes the story worth reading.
I think the characters could have had more development. Granted, this had a lot to do with how high a viewpoint the story was told from. It made it difficult to really get to know the characters, which makes it difficult to fall in love with the characters. That being said, I did really love Eire. As the narrator, I was able to appreciate her view of the world and her personality. She offered a wonderful point of view to read from.
To be honest, I just wanted more from this story. I loved the concept. I loved the characters. I loved the plot line. My only complaint is that it was so short! There was so much in such a short story, which kept me at arms length. I would have liked this story to be broken up into two or three and giving more depth to all of the scenes and characters.