Review: Emily Wilde’s Encyclopedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett

Title: Emily Wilde’s Encyclopedia of Faeries

Series: Emily Wilde #1

Author: Heather Fawcett

Cambridge professor Emily Wilde is good at many things: She is the foremost expert on the study of faeries. She is a genius scholar and a meticulous researcher who is writing the world’s first encyclopaedia of faerie lore. But Emily Wilde is not good at people. She could never make small talk at a party–or even get invited to one. And she prefers the company of her books, her dog, Shadow, and the Fair Folk to other people.

So when she arrives in the hardscrabble village of Hrafnsvik, Emily has no intention of befriending the gruff townsfolk. Nor does she care to spend time with another new arrival: her dashing and insufferably handsome academic rival Wendell Bambleby, who manages to charm the townsfolk, get in the middle of Emily’s research, and utterly confound and frustrate her.

But as Emily gets closer and closer to uncovering the secrets of the Hidden Ones–the most elusive of all faeries–lurking in the shadowy forest outside the town, she also finds herself on the trail of another mystery: Who is Wendell Bambleby, and what does he really want? To find the answer, she’ll have to unlock the greatest mystery of all–her own heart.

Emily Wilde and her trusty dog Shadow arrive in Ljosland, a Norwegian Island, to study and write a comprehensive encyclopaedia of the Hidden ones and other species of Folk. Then her colleague, Wendell Bambleby turns up uninvited and it all goes off!!!!

I fell in love with this story!
I fell in love with the villagers of Ljosland,
I fell in love with Poe,
I fell in love with the folklore,
I fell in love with the Folk, all of them!
I fell in love with Emily, she was so relatable!

And of course I fell in love with Wendell (there’s not many a leading man I don’t love!!!) Their banter was so good! It made my chuckle! I was
rooting for them, just one of them to make a move. It was agony!!!!

But the person who stole the show for me with her brief appearances and cutting wit was Thora, the grandma to everyone, she was so funny!!

‘He’s prettier when he’s asleep, eh? You don’t notice that big mouth of his.’

Although that ending was kind of abrupt and I’d love to know more (is there more?!) I absolutely adored this!


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