The Fairy's Tale

The Fairy's Tale was rated 'Outstanding' in the 24th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards (2016) for Plot and Story Appeal; Character Appeal and Development; and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.

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

Three guesses. Three wishes. Free choice?

A new fairy godmother has one week to create a happy ending. Failure will result in a lot worse than being put to sleep for a hundred years. Whoever said fairy tales were nice?

Bea is a cabbage fairy, because there are all kinds of fairies and some of them have to be cabbage fairies, but she dreams of being so much more. She wants to be a Fiction Management Executive (godmother class) but no one at the General Administration will take her seriously - until now.

When Bea is finally given a simple Happy Ever After story, she thinks all her dreams have come true. But there's something rotten behind the simplicity of the General Administration's plots. Now Bea knows the truth, she is faced with an impossible task. Can a lowly cabbage fairy stand up for what’s right by saving the girl from her own happy ending, all without invoking the anger of the General Administration and its monstrous, three-headed Beast?

After all, what kind of fairy godmother really cares about happy ever after?


I never thought I would say this but thank you F. D. Lee for the lack of sleep!

The Fairy's Tale is the first novel in The Pathways Tree series, the new fantasy series being compared to Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. With surprising plot twists and compelling characters, The Fairy’s Tale is a whirlwind adventure into the sinister world behind classic folk tales and myths. If you love genuine characters and a story you can talk about after you've finished reading, then The Fairy’s Tale is for you!

The Fairy’s Tale was rated 'Outstanding' in the 24th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards (2016) for Plot and Story Appeal; Structure, Organization and Planning; Character Appeal and Development; Voice and Writing Style, and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.


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.
— Judge, 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
Brilliantly written, funny, clever book!
— Paul Arvidson, author