BLOOD AND IRON

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The Seeker, the member of the Seelie Court whose job it is to steal children into Faerie, has been given a new task by her queen: convince the Merlin to side with Faerie in the coming battle with the Prometheus Club, a group of humans who have been attempting to destroy the Fae for centuries.

This is only the start of a cascading series of events for the Seeker, which culminate in a decision that she never thought she'd have to make. Complex and nuanced, Seeker is a compelling and knowledgeable protagonist who moves with ever-increasing confidence.

A number of ballads and folk tales inform the story and world-building -- in particular that of Tam Lin, the tale of a mortal boy stolen in Faerie who is saved by the love of a young woman. Bear does a fantastic job integrating these centuries-old elements into a thoroughly modern tale of transformation, love and courage. (Jul., 448 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs