Consort to a Dark Fey


Not for me 😔

This was not a real winner for me. But I imagine it will find it's proper audience who will enjoy it.

This was not a big winner for me and there are two main reasons for this. As far as I

can tell, this is Kilburn’s first book and it feels like it. The writing and plot/plot progression feel untried and underdeveloped. Names/titles/endearments are used far too often in dialogue to feel natural and the plot jots and judders along at an uneven, uncomfortable pace.

The writing is mechanically fine, as is the editing. But it was not such that you could ever sink seamlessly into the narrative. It also feels very much like there should be a previous book somewhere. Events are referenced and characters know each-other from a previous encounter. So, I felt I was missing something. That’s the first reason.

The second is a little more amorphous. Even before I looked it up to verify the S. in S.K. Kilburn is for Scott, I’d have bet my left boob that this author is a man. While Kilburn isn’t too bad about the male gaze (despite the cover), it is 100% apparent that the only individuals with an ounce of emotional maturity are the males. I say males, instead of men, because one is 17 and still given the agency, understanding, and narrative authority that the women are denied. The males spend the entire book smoothing female, out of control emotions and keeping other men from pissing them off to disastrous effect. (That’s basically the plot of the book.) None of the female characters feel fully-fledged.

I appreciate that the hero is a little older, not and alpha-male sort, and that Kilburn brought back the fae of old—powerful and inhuman, but morally bound to a morality incomprehensible to humans. This is my favorite kind of fae. But that wasn’t enough to save this novel that I was forced to skim to finish (because I wasn’t enjoying it and just wanted to be done).

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About the author

Scott Kilburn is a writer of dark fantasy. The current novel ‘Consort to a Dark Fey’ is out now and ‘Summoning a Lost Fey,’ will be released soon! Scott is a visual effects artist who has worked on over fifty films and streaming productions, including the award winning ‘Life of Pi’ and ‘King Kong.’ view profile

Published on March 20, 2022

110000 words

Contains graphic explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Fantasy

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