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Publisher's Summary

Charming and lyrical, The Fairies of Sadieville concludes Alex Bledsoe's widely praised contemporary fantasy series about the fairy descendants of Appalachia.

"This is real." Three small words on a film canister found by graduate students Justin and Veronica, who discover a long-lost silent movie from more than a century ago. The startlingly realistic footage shows a young girl transforming into a winged being. Looking for proof behind this claim, they travel to the rural foothills of Tennessee to find Sadieville, where it had been filmed.

Soon their journey takes them to Needsville, whose residents are hesitant about their investigation, but Justin and Veronica are helped by Tucker Carding, who seems to have his own ulterior motives. When the two students unearth a secret long hidden, everyone in the Tufa community must answer the most important question of their entire lives - what would they be willing to sacrifice in order to return to their fabled homeland of Tir na nOg?

©2018 Alex Bledsoe, Claire Bloom (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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a fascinating series comes to a close...

There are several titles in this series. Each can be read as a stand alone, but they contain recurring characters and are more rewarding if read in order. The writing is wonderful - creating an enticing, somewhat menacing, atmosphere with vivid characters and an underlying mystery that runs through each novel, adding an appealing layer to the emerging history of the settlement. Elements of romance, sacrifice, humor, tragedy and justice blend with the artistry of folk music and a commitment to traditional craftsmanship. Drama, adventure, excitement, and the occasional murder, are driven by the characters' schemes and rivalries - or incited by unwelcome incursions from outside the community.
These are terrific books and I hope that someday there will be additional tales set in this lovely, challenging, world.

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Depressing

The whole story was really depressing. So many people killed off for no reason. If you are looking for a happy ending, this story may not be for you. I did enjoy the series overall but the ending is so convoluted and disappointing that I wonder why I was so invested. Such is life and everything does not always work out in the end.

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I love this series

I appreciate the way that Alex concluded this series. It was brilliant yet like a great movie, it keeps you seated watching the credits.
The philosophy and the history blend to create a deeper awareness of my humanity. I am not a country boy but this series really makes me want more bluegrass music in my life.

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A wyrd and drifting tale that brings an ancient lore into modern possibility. Magnetic portrayal; a book to re-read on a rainy evening and ponder again and again.

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Meh Ending to a fine series

This book was a jumbled mess. So many stories within stories it was hard to follow. It is the only book that doesn’t stand alone which is expected from a goodbye. I have enjoyed the series and found some great music so remain grateful to Alex for his imagination and efforts.

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The girl on the cover is supposed to be Tufa But her hair is not black, it's brown. That's literally the only complaint I have except that I think it's the last book. Will there be another book? I hope so because I don't think the story is done being told.

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I was very disappointed with this book. It started off OK and then went downhill by halfway. I tried to finish the novel, but by 2/3 I had said enough.

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The narrator was, as usual, stellar. What a gift!
To be brutally honest I hesitate to start another book by Mr. Blesdoe. Yes, it does sound unfair but I can know many of you know why.
Thank You Mr. Blesdoe for the excellent entertainment. Bless the people, the Tufo, as they are called here. What a privilege to know this about them. May they live on in their way without any interference.

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Not sure if I recommend this book.

A good story and worth a read but…. The main premise was Justins’s master’s thesis. It was never really explained what was it about, at least I didn’t quite get it. After the story is finished (and it was interesting and different) I never understood what Justin was going to write about or what of his experiences were going to be shared. It was a fairly basic good story but too many complexities just left hanging. There were too many things of interest about Sadieville and the history of the nearby towns and the music that Justin should have pursued for his thesis, as I thought I understood it to be, but he didn’t. I guess I just don’t like stories that aren’t completed. The narration was okay. Very important to the story were songs and music. Unfortunately the narrator cannot sing at all and when he tried all meaning was lost. The superfluous “love life” of Jessica and Veronica did nothing but distort and interrupt the story line.

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This series is AMAZING! I absolutely loved it! I would recommend it to all!

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  • 06-27-22

lovely story

Well worth a listen if you believe in fairy's, brings up some interesting notions

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  • crochetdiva
  • 09-17-21

A really good tale

I don't really read many fairy type books, but I'm very glad I made an exception in this case. it's a very adult book, children wouldn't understand the complexity of the story. I will definitely read similar books in the future. Very well written, and wonderfully performed.

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  • H. Jess Dipple
  • 04-15-19

Love it

An engaging story of the Tufa series, which made me feel like I’m relishing in more secrets of this community.