Series: Gallow & Ragged #1
Published by Hachette Audio, Orbit Books on June 23, 2015
Genres: Adult SFF, Urban Fantasy
Length: 8 hours, 59 minutes
Narrator: Joe Knezevich
*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
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...
Trailer Park Fae was just an average listen for me. I didn’t love it but I didn’t dislike it. The two main characters Jeremy and Robin are both half fae. Jeremy is suffering from some major depression from the loss of his mortal wife about 5 years ago and he lives in the mortal world. Robin lives in fae and is servant to the Queen of Summer. They come together one night when Robin is trying to escape a plagued Winter knight and Jeremy rescues her.
There are villains a plenty in this book but none really stamped its mark on me. I really had a hard time with Jeremy’s mopey behavior and then the budding attraction between the two really annoyed me because of the circumstances of it that just didn’t sit right with me. That might have soured me to the whole book unfortunately.
For those that love seeing the mix of the fae realm and courts with the mortal world will likely still enjoy this. I’m curious now to see what some of my other urban fantasy reader friends think of this one because of the romantic element. I don’t want to go into the details of what didn’t sit right with me because that would be a big spoiler (though I think folks can figure it out right away because its very obvious). Maybe that might be some of what bothered me – everything felt way too obvious. As each new character was introduced I would have a thought of their role or part they were play and I was right every time. That wasn’t fun at all. I teeter between a 2.5 and a 3 on this but I’m going to go ahead and say 3 because I didn’t dislike it and lower then 3 to me would be like me saying it was no good and it was still enjoyable. I really liked Robin’s character so she definitely was what kept me listening. Each of them have their own unique gift and hers was pretty cool.
I won’t continue with the series but it was a super quick listen and others who love all things fae will likely enjoy it.
Thoughts on the narration
Joe Knezevich does a god job with the narration especially with Robin. Sometimes I have a hard time listening to men narrating a female’s perspective but it completely worked for me here. He moderates his tone and timbre well so that when the perspective switched to her it wasn’t jarring for me at all.
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