I have discovered an amazing author and her beautiful world of pookas and fae and passion – Angel Martinez. If you don’t know her, go and find her books and read them! I read her novel “Finn” and fell in love, and now I have just finished “Diego”, the incredible sequel to “Finn” – and I am about to go back to the start and read it all over again, because such stories rare, ladies and gentlemen, and have the real magic!
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Angel Martinez says the following about her writing and her worlds:
Grownups Reading Fairy Tales
By Angel Martinez
I have a wake up call for all you Urban Fantasy readers out there. You do know you’re reading re-engineered fairy tales, don’t you? Why in the world would any adult in his or her right mind read fairy tales?
This was probably what my own parents thought when I was still devouring collections of fairy tales well into my teens. Oh, heck, I still do. The truth about fairy tales, of course, is that they weren’t originally meant for children, or not just for children. Many are stories so old no one can point to their origins, the first versions lost in a time when tales were handed down by telling rather than writing. These early stories are replete with violence and sex, with basic choices between what was considered correct or exemplary behavior and what was considered shameful.
Not too much has changed for modern people, at least in an ideal sense. The hero needs to be brave, but in a fairy tale must also be clever. The heroine must be steadfast and stick by what she knows is right, no matter what temptations lurk in her path. The choices aren’t always good ones, old fairy tales don’t insist on happy endings, and certain mores from the oldest tales might make us scratch our heads.
In the oldest version of Sleeping Beauty, for instance, there’s a lot of blood and gore as the gallant heroes try to get through the magic wall of thorns to her. When the true hero gets through, he doesn’t do anything as sweet and romantic as wake her with a kiss. Nope. He has sex with her while she’s sleeping. She doesn’t wake up until she gives birth some time later (versions conflict regarding whether it was nine months or another hundred years.) Of course, he eventually does the right thing and marries her, though storytellers don’t discuss how she felt about that.
The ones with violence and high drama often get the most attention, but so many stories had to do with keeping one’s head in a bad situation and never losing hope. The terrible plight of the nameless woman in Rumpestilskin, who has to come up with an impossible answer or lose her child, the story of Puss in Boots, where the clever hero is a cat, or even the Firebird, where a series of intricate instructions not followed go so horribly wrong, are all more typical examples.
Rather than the myths and legends told about gods and heroes impossible to emulate, fairy tales are more often about accessible people, characters we feel we could be like if we refuse to panic and keep our heads. These are stories told around the fireside, to families, to communities, shared bonds of knowledge to help combat the terrors of the world.
Stories to hold back the dark.
And in today’s world, don’t modern people need them just as much as our hut-dwelling ancestors did? Read on, oh, fans of the modern fairy tale. Together, we’ll hold back the dark.
Angel Martinez writes erotic fiction, most of it M/M. Though she’s happy writing in a number of genres, Fantasy, in all its permutations, will always remain nestled closest to her heart.
Her latest installment of Endangered Fae hit the e-shelves September 16, 2010. Diego, the full-length sequel to Finn and its short story follow up Finn’s Christmas, takes Finn and Diego through the Veil, into ancient feuds and new conflicts, in the midst of a fae plague and interference from the US government. Magical mayhem abounds – no one said it would be a smooth ride.
Disclaimer: the author in no way encourages the wearing of silver scale armor during sex, nor takes any responsibility for readers’ sudden desire to equip their boyfriends with hooves.