Review: Trailer Park Fae (Gallow and Ragged #1) by Lilith Saintcrow

September 22, 2015 Review 2

Review: Trailer Park Fae (Gallow and Ragged #1) by Lilith SaintcrowTrailer Park Fae by Lilith Saintcrow
Series: Gallow and Ragged #1
Published by Orbit on June 23, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Source: Publisher
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Kate
2 Stars

New York Times bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow returns to dark fantasy with a new series where the fairy world inhabits diners, dive bars and trailer parks.

Jeremy Gallow is just another construction worker, and that's the way he likes it. He's left his past behind, but some things cannot be erased. Like the tattoos on his arms that transform into a weapon, or that he was once closer to the Queen of Summer than any half-human should be. Now the half-sidhe all in Summer once feared is dragged back into the world of enchantment, danger, and fickle fae—by a woman who looks uncannily like his dead wife. Her name is Robin, and her secrets are more than enough to get them both killed. A plague has come, the fullborn-fae are dying, and the dark answer to Summer's Court is breaking loose.

Be afraid, for Unwinter is riding...

For all of its intriguing cover and title, TRAILER PARK FAE has a lot more fae and a lot less trailer park than one would expect. Frequently confusing, full of characters with multiples names, with a plot that didn't make itself clear until way farther through the book than it should have, TRAILER PARK FAE is a different take on fae in urban fantasy, but a bit of a slow read.

Jeremiah Gallow, our titular trailer park fae, is the character who kept me reading the book. With an interesting backstory that is only hinted at, Jeremy is the most intriguing character in the book. While sometimes his motives are clear, like most of the other characters, was a twisty fellow, not always taking the path I expected him to take.

If the characters in TRAILER PARK FAE were a reflection on Saintcrow's take on the fae, all backstabbing betrayals and murky motives, then she succeed. Unfortunately, this made for a rough start to a book, as it switched from one character to another, never quite clear on what was going on. This one was very difficult for me to get through, with characters that weren't able to hold my attention (other than Jeremy), court intrigue that merely made my head spin in it's lack of clarity and a plot-line that didn't seem to form until halfway through the book.

While the payoff at the end was almost satisfying, there are definitely hints at more, and it is clear that TRAILER PARK FAE sets up the Gallow and Ragged series. Readers with lots of patience and curiosity will find TRAILER PARK FAE right up their alley, but those who like a quicker return on their investment may want to skip this one.

Series Titles:
  1. Trailer Park Fae
  2. Roadside Magic
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  • For other books starring various iterations of the Fae, try THE EXILE by C. T. Adams, or the October Day series by Seanan McGuire

2 Responses to “Review: Trailer Park Fae (Gallow and Ragged #1) by Lilith Saintcrow”

  1. Anne

    Loved the Daniel Dos Santos cover, but this was a DNF for me. Slow and tedious with too much artsy fartsy fae stuff.