A short, urban fantasy tale set in Edinburgh, Scotland. An introduction to the Edinburgh Elementals series.
Michael has just moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, to make a fresh start with his three children. While they're out exploring the city, he's relaxing with a glass of wine.
That is until a knock on the front door leads to a bizarre revelation from a strange, red-haired woman, and an encounter in the attic with some unexpected guests.
About the Series...
Giants, pixies, mermaids - all creatures confined within fairytales. But what if these being were as real as you or I? They're not that easy to spot but if you look properly you will find them.
Thanks to her different-colored eyes, Edinburgh resident, Hattie, can clearly see that goblin sitting on the park bench tripping up passers-by, or the salamander that's relaxing in the flames of next door's bonfire. As long as the creatures don't bother her, she won't bother the creatures. But if they do cause trouble, they'd better watch out...
©2013 Gayle Ramage (P)2014 Gayle Ramage
My review for: The Trouble With Pixies (Edinburgh Elementals, #1) by Gayle Ramage
Narrator: Chris Barnes
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The Trouble with Pixies is a very fun and fast read! A delightful UF short with a huge dose of magic and lore.
In this introductory tale we met Michael, a single dad who just moved to Edinburgh for a new start and a house full of life. But when a stranger with mismatched eyes shows up at his door, he doesn’t realize he is getting more than he bargains for with his new home….
It is no secret that Chris Barnes is one of my favorite narrators and while I am used to his readings having a more darker atmosphere, this lighter read meshed well with his lovely Scottish brogue. Easily bringing the characters to life, it was easy to picture being in Michael’s shoes in this fun short! If you are looking for a quick and engaging read, you need to check out this series! Well done, Gayle and Chris. Can’t wait for more.
Somewhere in the middle. I love the narrator of this, he did the story a lot of justice
Hmmm not sure. I liked the writing style well enough, but the story fell a little flat for me. The book is marked as YA, but it felt more like a children's book (for 3rd or 4th grade kids) and lacked a little imagination. Though the setting was interesting enough.
I loved the different accents, and the fast pace of the narrative. There was real 'life' in the characters.
No, not at all.
I think this will be a nice story for younger children. For me it lacked a bit of layers, and the story itself didn't live up to the promise. I didn't want to give it two stars, because it wasn't bad. I feel the narrator really spruced it up for me, though.
"A thoroughly enjoyable story beautifully read"
I'd recommend this book to friends who enjoy magical realism, where fantasy breaks through into the 'real' world, and also simply friends who enjoy a fun tale with lots of tension and intrigue... (what is in the attic?), with memorable characters and situation, the whole thing peppered through with lots of humour.
I loved Hattie. It's very hard, when reviewing a short story, not to give away spoilers, but she was a great combination of mystery and down-to-earth humour, which is brilliantly set against the slightly incredulous Michael.
Chris Barnes' voice is a joy to listen to - and his narrator accent complements the book's Scottish setting.
In this story, he not only gives distinct voices to the quite different characters, but also guides the listener through a book which has a real mixture in tone throughout the story: there are moments of tense unease as Michael starts to learn more about his new home and what may lurk within, through to moments of Pratchetesque absurdity.
Barnes handles all of these well, sensitive in his narration to the writer's words and characterisation. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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