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The best and bravest faeries fell in the war against the Sluagh, and now the Council is packed with idiots and cowards. Domnall is old, aching, and as cranky as they come, but as much as he'd like to retire, he's the best scout the Sithein court has left.

When a fae child falls deathly ill, Domnall knows he's the only one who can get her the medicine she needs: Mother's milk. The old scout will face cunning humans, hungry wolves, and uncooperative sheep, to say nothing of his fellow fae!

I received this from the publisher via NetGalley; it will be released on November 10th, 2015.

This novella isn't about action of high drama; no, it's a cozy fairy tale from the fairy's perspective, and it's a joy. Domnall is a cranky old cuss, the kind who pisses on the flowers that will soon have their dew harvested. But when a fairy child falls gravely ill, he knows what must be done: the wee one must feed on a human mother's milk, which means the human baby must be nabbed. Domnall fumbles along, doing the best he can to tend to both babies. His efforts to feed the human baby lead to a humorous episode of sheep-milking.

It was fascinating to read of changelings from the fairy perspective. From the human viewpoint, they are such evil beings. Here, the depiction is more nuanced and tragic--of course the humans will be horrified if they find their baby has been replaced, but the fairies are trying to save one of few children they have left. This is a fairy tale with a lot of depth, with a welcome new viewpoint on old tropes.



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