Friday, March 09, 2007

#22 A Midsummer's Nightmare by Garry Kilworth

My Rating: 8 out of 10 stars

On Midsummer's Eve, Oberon and Titania, King and Queen of the Fairies, along with the rest of their fairies, including the infamous Puck and Cobweb, have decided to leave their home in Sherwood Forest, which has been dwindled down to nearly nothing due to urban development, and make for the New Forest several miles south, where they hope to make their new home.

Accompanied by Sid, their enchanted "rude" mechanical, who teaches Titania to drive, they have quite the adventure on the way. For the movement of the fairies across the land has disturbed the magical atmosphere and caused a number of dormant creatures from Arthurian times—giants, dragons, and even the evil Morgan LeFay—to be roused from their eternal slumber in the Earth.

Stealing a very special baby, whom Titania recognizes as a direct descendant of the union between Guinevere and Lancelot, and meeting up with a friendly group of New Age travelers, the fairies make their way across England on their hapless journey, with numerous detours, for a fairy's path never follows a straight line! And when they finally reach the New Forest, it's a fight to the death between Titania and Morgan LeFay before the fairies can settle into their new home, and return peace and harmony to the land.

This was a wonderfully delightful read! I've always enjoyed Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, having seen the play a number of times. Plus I have an affinity for the fae, so while reading this, I felt like I was visiting with a few old friends, discovering what they've been up to in recent years. :)

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