Exploring the Enchanted Faerie Realm and its Seasonal Secrets

The Faerie realm is shifting, along with the ever-changing seasons. Learn more about these fantastical creatures and books that suit them!

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Faeries (or Fairies or Fae) have been the mythical creatures of the century. In any fantasy novel, you may find faeries in every corner. And, yes, long before A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas had our hearts by storm, an entire folklore and mythology was whispered through Celtic, European, and English lore.

These mythical lores and stories of magical entities are the perfect ingredients for fantasy. But with every intricate story, the faeries were known for one primary connection. Seasons. The Faerie bonds unite with nature’s cycle. Each Faerie is different. So, I thought, what better way to explain the Faeries than choosing a book with a similar theme to their season?

Spring

Spring Faeries are known for their revival, rejuvenation, and rebirth. These Faeries are known for their spirit of joy and vitality. They’re the sunshine main character to the grumpy sunshine trope. They constantly seek life and energy and welcome changes with their whimsical, bubbly nature. With their playful nature, flourishing flowers, and blossoming nature in their dances, they embrace the scent of new beginnings, shifting chapters, and bringing color and life.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
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The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune is one of those heartwarming, cozy stories that will make your heart melt. This book focuses on Linus Baker, a middle-aged man who has lived and breathed by the rule book, working as a caseworker for the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. His job is to visit different orphanages to ensure everything is running well. However, he finds that some things require a little optimism when tasked with living one month with the most powerful children. Throughout the story, he truly grows to care for these children and learns valuable lessons about acceptance, love, and finding joy in the simple, unexpected turns in his life.

Summer

Summer Faeries are the guardians of life. They save the day and weave magic into the fabric of Summer. They stand as the protectors of that magic. In every forest, ray of sun, meadow, field, Summer Faeries are there to nurture the land and reside as safeguards to the nature around. These Fairies live on the pulse of the land, using their energy and unwavering warmth to create solace and peace in it.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson encapsulates this aura. This book is about a girl named Elisabeth Scrivener with unwavering optimism and determination. Elisabeth was raised in a library where she protects the books from turning into twisted monsters if not taken care of. She lives in a world where books and sorcery are alive (every reader’s dream). Through her love for books, she discovers a dark conspiracy that she guards and protects will affect the library and the entire realm.

Autumn

Autumn Faeries lives in the season where change and shift is a constant. Due to this, they are known for their wisdom and melancholic acceptance. They live on that delicate balance of warm and cold. Constantly, they have to let go and accept what is to come. Despite the change that lies ahead, they continue every day as if it were their last. They move on, get their hands on the harvest, and guide the rhythm of decay without hesitance. As the landscapes shift, these faeries emerge to wipe away the yesterday, accept the new day, and flourish with poise and beauty, transforming for tomorrow.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor beautifully matches this vibe. It is set in the mystical city of Weep, following our main character, Lazlo Strange. Lazlo becomes a librarian with an adoration for fairy tales and legends, particularly a mysterious one he must solve. Through this decaying city, he is constantly haunted by his own past traumas and insecurities. He forms unlikely friendships and discovers the power of hope, forgiveness, and embracing the moment’s beauty.

Winter

Winter Faeries are the hushed stillness through even the harshest of conditions. These Faeries are known for observing and listening to the icy breeze. They come from the shadows, the darkness, and just listen to the cold’s needs. They work as the artists of all faeries, creating crystalline snowflakes and blankets of soft snow. Although they live in mystery and darkness, they actually are more in contemplation, introspecting to serve as silent watchers. They remind us that there is beauty and wisdom even through quiet stillness.

The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden
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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden… Need I say more? If this cover didn’t give you its cozy winter vibe, then the words inside surely will. This book is about Vasilisa (Vasya), who holds this deep connection with the world’s spirits and inhabits it. She and her siblings love to sit and listen to their father’s fairy tales. Vasya mainly grew fond of the story of Frost (a winter demon).

Everything she learns sinks into her with eyes of wonder and curiosity. She’s steadfast in her beliefs and values despite the societal pressures and threatening misfortunes that attack her on every side. Vasya learns through her journey that true wisdom comes not from seeking power or glory but from listening to the whispers of the natural world to find her own fate.

Through the light and dark, the warmth and chill, growth and decay. Faeries were used for cultures to learn and grow from these beings. They connect every corner of the earth, finding meaning no matter where you turn. So, when you read or write about your next fantasy novel, keep Faerie lore in mind. Maybe next time the season changes, you’ll find some interesting tales of your own.


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