The best books for surviving the Faerie Realm

Michele Barrow-Belisle Author Of Fire and Ice (Faerie Song Saga)
By Michele Barrow-Belisle

Who am I?

Author. Artist. Teacher. Faerie Changeling. My fascination with all things relating to the fantasy realms started as early as I can remember. I’ve studied in depth the lore and mythos of faeries, witches, elves, and vampires. There’s something so compelling about them, so it made sense I would grow up reading and writing about them. Now, as a full-time author, it remains my favorite subject to explore. The parallels between the world we see and the world of the unseen are enchanting. There is, after all, more to heaven and earth than meets the eye… and it’s in those unseen spaces in between that I find myself most at home.


I wrote...

Fire and Ice (Faerie Song Saga)

By Michele Barrow-Belisle,

Book cover of Fire and Ice (Faerie Song Saga)

What is my book about?

Born with the power to heal with a touch, eighteen-year-old Lorelei has spent most of her life oblivious of the Fey, and their dangerous bargains. Until Adrius storms into her life.

The stranger with a dangerous mystique, and eyes that peer into her soul, turns up everywhere and knows more about her than any newcomer should. Including the condition of her mother, who is suffering from a mysterious illness neither modern medicine nor Lorelei’s gifts can cure. Accepting his help to save her leads Lorelei into a thrilling world of Witches, Elves, and Fey. When crossing over might mean never coming back, can Lorelei find a way to save her mother? Or will one pivotal mistake put the fate of their world and her soul in jeopardy?

The books I picked & why

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City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments #1

By Cassandra Clare,

Book cover of City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments #1

Why this book?

Here’s a little-known fact about me… in my next life I’m coming back as a Shadow Hunter. Maybe even in this life, if I can find the time. That is how good these books are, and for me, it all started with City of Bones. While not entirely set in the Faerie Realm the skills you'll need to survive can be gleaned from the epic descriptions of the training the Shadow Hunters undergo. And if you want a series that goes on forever...something I personally enjoy when it's a series I love, then this book will get you hooked in and set up for many spellbinding hours to come!


Wicked Lovely

By Melissa Marr,

Book cover of Wicked Lovely

Why this book?

Dark and delicious. Two of the most apt words to describe this thrilling story. I adore the world Melissa created and the equally dark and delicious fae who populate it. There's a certain poetry between the characters, and I love how Aislinn learns to face her greatest fears, a skill that will serve anyone well when venturing into the dark and dangerous realm of the Fae. You'll be hooked into this story in no time because it grabs your interest from the very first page, a must for me to get invested in any story because I confess, I’m a little impatient that way. I also love the ink twist on it… and the side characters you’ll fall in love with, they will eventually all get their turn in the spotlight, which is the perfect reason to keep reading through the entire series… and to date, there are a lot of books waiting for you in their dark and delicious realm.


A Court of Thorns and Roses

By Sarah J. Maas,

Book cover of A Court of Thorns and Roses

Why this book?

Okay, full confession, I think my adoration of this book stems from my deep and long seated love of the Beauty and the Beast trope that it's loosely based on. But don't let that fool you, this story is a deadly ride into a ruthless faerie realm and watching how Feyre, a strong main character to begin with, gains more courage and tenacity as she’s forced to face her intoxicating emotions and her darkest fears, while learning what she's capable of surviving and save those she cares about. And that's sure to be foremost in your thoughts, should you find yourself lost in the Faerie Realm. Survive or die... This book is heart-pounding and addicting, and will show you how to stay alive.


The Darkest Part of the Forest

By Holly Black,

Book cover of The Darkest Part of the Forest

Why this book?

Wow, it is nearly impossible to choose just one of my faves from Holly Black’s faerie stories. They are all amazing! Seriously…. Every. Last. One. But what grabbed me with this book was the way it started. This story has an eerie feel to it from the very first page. I love how Holly weaves reality into her fantasy and the way the Fae are already known and accepted in their world, but also feared (because hello, they’re Fae!). There's everything in this story, romance, adventure, and coming-of-age badassery, which again bodes well if you ever find yourself face to face with the Faire Folk.


The Shadows Between Us

By Tricia Levenseller,

Book cover of The Shadows Between Us

Why this book?

Omg, I adored this story...the lush settings, the diabolical heroine…and the dangerous Shadow King that Alessandra stalks, hunts, and falls for. She's ambitious to the extreme, just as ruthless as any Fae. And she refuses to let anything or anyone stop her (or hurt her...since, as she says, they never found the body of the first and only guy who broke her heart.) This girl knows how to take care of herself in any realm and can wiggle or poison her way out of any situation. I love the period it takes place in… the historical regency feel of the gowns, lavish balls, and banquets. And while not actually set in a faerie realm, the Shadow King for me definitely has the look, feel, and insidiousness of any faerie royal. This book is wickedly addicting and a must-read if you love a well-written anti-heroine.


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