4 Nov

I came across this book a while back and was drawn to it through the introduction written by Neil Gaiman who says, in part: “…and he wrote The King of Elfland’s Daughter, a fine, strange, almost forgotten novel, as too much of Dunsany’s unique work is forgotten. If this book alone were all he had written, it would have been enough.”

This magical quest novel, originally published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1924, is a fantasy similar to The Lord of the Rings – only in regard to time and place. It is by no means a Tolkien-clone since it was written thirty years before The Lord of the Rings.

I happen to love this genre of story-telling, and this one is a classic work of art. In Dunsany’s resonant prose, the unattainable is made visible through the journey rather than the destination – it’s a love story between a mortal man and his faerie bride. So if you are a romantic, and are swept away by a gentle dream-like quality of writing, this book is a must-have. Hauntingly poetic.


Lord Dunsany aka Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, (1878 – 1957) was an Irish writer and dramatist who was the first to invent fantasy worlds through words.


1991 republished soft cover edition

Del Rey 256 pages-fantasy


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