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In the process of writing Ever Shade, I often had to look up a lot of different faery/fairy folklore; names of certain types of faeries, common types, the Seelie and Unseelie courts etc. I had no real knowledge of this kind of stuff at all, and what I found was mind blowing. I did stick to a lot of the traditional lore in Ever Shade and in its sequel Ever Fire, but I did twist a lot of it into my own rendition to build on the mythology as my own. Though some people dislike wavering from the common descriptions and depictions of the fey, I tend to like to use it as a basis to build an original, mind blowing adventure. Just an example of the structure of what the land of Faerie is about.

What are the Unseelie and Seelie Courts?

The Seelie Court faeries were considered the true aristocrats of the Sidhe. Sometimes called the ‘Blessed Ones,’ the Seelie were often depicted as a procession of brilliant light riding on the night air. The Seelie Court, as a group, would often use these excursions to find those in need of help. The Seelie were also prone to a great deal of mischief, especially when bored. However, their pranks rarely caused true harm, for the Seelie were really very fond of humans.

The Unseelie Court or Unblessed Court contains the most malicious, malevolent and evil of the faeries, and a number of monsters of horrible appearance and fearsome abilities as well. They comprise the Slaugh, or The Host, the band of the unsanctified dead who fly above the earth, stealing mortals and take great pleasure in harming humans.

Often called the ‘Unblessed Ones,’ the Unseelie were depicted as a dark cloud riding upon the wind from where their unnerving cackles and howls can be heard. Though not necessarily evil, they were far from kind. These unsavory characters tended towards evil and were often malignant. Some Scottish legends claim that the Unseelie were fallen Seelie, those who could not live up to the strict standards of chivalry of the shining court. They have no method of reproduction, so they enslave mortals whom they think would never be missed and carry them along to become one of them. The Unseelie Court was almost always out to harm, or at least bedevil and trick, humankind.

(Defined by: http://faerie.monstrous.com/seelie_and_unseelie_court.htm )

Interesting right? In Ever Shade I deviate slightly from this definition, I do try to keep to the evil vs. good theme though, critical to the conflicts to the Land of Faerie.

Another Question I get asked quite a bit is Why do I spell Faerie the way I do instead of Fairy?

Well that is an excellent question. I do take influences from the amazing writers Holly Black, J.R.R. Tolkien, Cassandra Clare and Laurell K. Hamilton who use more of the dark faerie folklore in their stories than the fairies we are used to as depicted by Disney. Faeries can be mischievous, devious tricksters that play with humans in any way they can. They are dangerous and do not hesitate to kill a human if they want to.

Also from Wikipedia: The word fairy derives from Middle English faierie (also fayerye, feirie, fairie), a direct borrowing from Old French faerie (Modern French féerie) meaning the land, realm, or characteristic activity.

Now in the Irish Folklore: the trooping faeries are the major and presiding residents of fairyland; but the solitary ones (leprechauns, banshees, etc…) have greater interest in mortal affairs and therefore are generally more familiar to us.

Fairies exist all over the world, but in Ireland they are the ‘sidhe’ (pronounced shee), a name they have retained from the ancient days. (Defined by http://pg4anna.tripod.com/Faeries.htm)

So you see, there are many things you have to know about the land of Faerie to even think about whipping up your own fey story. Not an easy feat but definitely a fun one.

Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale) by Alexia Purdy Excerpts:

#1

He stepped back from her and seemed to shake a bit, as though dusting himself off; the air around him seemed to liquefy. His glamour melted away and the brightness of his skin illuminated the dark hallway.

Shade gasped, her eyes almost popping out of their sockets. He still looked like Jack but his skin glowed with a blue aura; blue fire flickered all over him and electricity crackled along his entire body. Yet he did not burn.

His eyes blinked at her, smiling at her awe.

#2

Dylan speaking to Shade:

“Like a cord between us, it binds me to you, where you go I must then follow. If you go too far, I am compelled to search for you until I find you. If I try to run, I would freeze in my own steps and be made to turn back. I am anything but free. I’m your slave. I intend to see this to its finality and end it.” He snickered then and let her go. “Til death do us part, Shade.”

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