The Fairy's Tale

Who decides what makes a happy ending?

Who decides what makes a happy ending?

For what is stupidity or arrogance when compared against a crown? The good will win and the wicked perish, and you and your stories decide what makes a person good or wicked. Not life. Not choice. Not even common sense. You.
— Seven, The Fairy's Tale

Ænathlin, the last surviving city of the fae, is facing civil war. Ruled by the sinister, authoritarian General Administration, for hundreds of years the city has managed to stave off disaster by maintaining strict control over the lives of its inhabitants. And, while no-one is exactly happy about the GenAm’s methods of governance, most have learnt to accept it in exchange for stability. That is, until recently.

With resources dwindling and the population growing, Ænathlin is on a knife-edge. The city, unable to support itself, steals goods from the human world via the use of Mirrors, ancient pathways between worlds. For hundreds of years, the Mirrors have run on belief - belief created and harvested by the telling of stories. 

Only now the Mirrors are breaking, and no one knows why. 

And so we meet Bea, a cabbage fairy and wannabe godmother. Bea is determined to become the first fairy to be an official godmother (or Fiction Management Executive), and has managed to wrangle her way into running an official - albeit small - GenAm plot. With the Mirrors breaking and the city in desperate need of stories, this is her chance to prove what she can do.

However, once she actually starts work on her plot, she uncovers a terrible secret, and is forced to make an impossible choice: in order to do what’s right, she must change the plot – a crime so serious she would face the full fury of the GenAm and its monstrous, three-headed Beast…

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I really enjoyed this book. It is clever and funny, genuinely making me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. But it has darker elements too. […] It tackles the subject of free will both for the fae in their totalitarian state and the humans who are forced to live plots that might not be truly what they want in life. Life isn’t a fairy tale, and not everyone has the same idea about what makes a happy ever after
— Kelly, The Bookeaters
The world is Neil Gaiman, jokes are Terry Pratchett, and the politics are George Orwell, all originally made and sewn together by a brilliant wordsmith and storyteller who would please any fans of such authors.
— Miranda Kane, Comedian
This is a complex, often dark but still comedic world. It manages to avoid both post-modern tweeness and intellectual abstraction with its earthy characters and FD Lee’s humour
— Andrew Wallace, Author
I loved this book. It reminded me greatly of the works of Jasper Fforde, who writes the mysteries set in the world of fairy tales and who often takes the common tropes of that genre and stands them on their ears. You did something very similar here to very good effect. I was impressed with the way that you handled the slow reveal (and really the theme of the book) in questioning the entire concept of happily ever after. I read most of the book in a single sitting. I wanted to see what happened to the characters. It shouldn’t surprise you (based on this recommendation) that I will be sending your book along to the next round of judging. I do hope that you find a sizable audience who will enjoy this book as much as I did.
— Judge, 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.
Brilliantly written, funny, clever book!
— Paul Arvidson, author