Author: August Li, Brandon Witt, Skye Hegyes and J. Scott Coatsworth
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Genre: M/M Anthology
Summary:Faeries are part of mythology the world over, past, present, and future. Called elves, brownies, the fae, and more, they evoke a sense of wonder and a little danger. Faery has its own rules, and humans enter at their peril. In this spirit, we bring you the first book in the Myths Untold anthology series—four stories from the land of the Fae: a homeless man in Cardiff and the luck that could destroy him; the trans man in future San Francisco who falls for an elf; the village boy who has always been a little different; and a faery prince whose birthright was stolen from him. Welcome to Faery.
Review: If you say the word fairy to someone, they may think of Tinkerbell, a cute, yet mischievous creature, however, most of what I have read of the fae, they are not to be trifled with and never assume, as a mere mortal, that you have an upper hand with them. Always be careful when dealing with the Fae and the four stories presented here, the first of a series, touch on the power and the danger when dealing with these powerful beings.
The Pwcca and the Persian Boy by Gus Li
Set in current time, Glyndwr, or Glyn as he goes by, has always wanted to belong somewhere and wanted to be something special. A foster child who was kicked out by his aunt and uncle when he turned 18, that seems like a logical desire. Six months sleeping rough in the streets of Cardiff, he has thought that despite being kicked out, he has some kind of luck to take care of him and his friend, Farrokh, who has been on the street longer and is more haunted than Glyn is.
The Other Side of the Chrysalis by Brandon Witt
A story set in the Men of Myth world, Xenith has his rebirth as an adult faerie and is the perfection his older brother was not. The older brother, Quay, who was not to have any contact with his brother once he was branded a servant after his failed rebirth, who has continued to contact his brother. A danger has come to their world though, and Quay must make a difficult choice.
Changeling by Skye Hegyes
For me, this read like a historical setting, complete with a blacksmith in the town closest to where Tyler and his mother live. Tyler is definitely different, since he has pointed ears and a tail, and a crush on the blacksmith’s son, and he’s not exactly friends with other people his age, but he is not really bothered by it as much as his mother is. Over dinner one night, he asks why his mother never married, which leads to revelations and questions about his life and a chance meeting with a brownie named Marsh, after which, Tyler’s simple life will never be simple again.
Through the Veil by J. Scott Coatsworth
Set in a future San Francisco where a good portion of the city is now under water, and rather than the United States, the area is known as Pacifica with its own President, this story has a fantasy/science fiction feel to it even more than the rest of the anthology. The main character is Colton, a transgender young man that is on testosterone, but has not had the full transition surgery. A trip to the night market, which is more dangerous than exotic, to the Pharmacist for more “T”, leads to a task for the mysterious Pharmacist and he meets Tris, a Fae of royal lineage who has crossed the veil to find his older brother.
Very well written stories and as this is book one, the stories are left with cliff hangers – so for those who don’t like those types of endings, you may want to wait until book two comes out! I’d say The Pwcca and the Persian Boy and The Changeling are my favorite stories from this collection, they both had an element of mystery and new adventures to them that appealed to me and I really wanted to keep going with both stories. The Other Side of the Chrysalis was rather heart breaking, but I hope that with how it ended, perhaps in a future story the character can find some peace! And with Through the Veil, that one could almost be a stand alone story, but you still want to know what happens to the characters after this story ends.
I quite enjoyed it, and if you are a fan of fantasy/mythology stories that are a bit darker and the more traditional telling of faerie, I believe you will enjoy this anthology.