Warren Rochelle is an associate professor of English at the University of Mary Washington. He is the author of Communities of the Heart: The Rhetoric of Myth in the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin and The Wild Boy. He lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Rochelle (The Wild Boy) delivers an excellent traditional fantasy that draws on centuries-old Celtic fairy lore. Fairies, notably infertile among their own, have long interbred with humans, often leaving behind orphaned or abandoned children who never fit in and who develop magical powers and magical vulnerabilities, seeking self-knowledge as they evade their enemies, the evil Fomorii. A crisis is brewing. Librarian Ben Tyson, who lives in Garner, N.C., is concerned about his son, Malachi, whose late mother was fey. Like other half-fairy children, Malachi must heed a strange destiny. The book's strength lies in the sensitive characterizations and the texture of its contemporary reality. Some Wiccans may be upset by depictions of black witchcraft (though Rochelle is clearly aware of white witchcraft), but otherwise this should be a book with wide appeal, as it touches so sensitively on basic emotions, recognizable by anyone who remembers childhood. (May) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Ten years ago, librarian Ben Tyson fell in love with and married a Sidhe woman who bore him a son before her unexpected death. Now his son's fae powers have manifested themselves, and the boy dreams of reunion with three other children who share his heritage. Ben's love for his son must lead him to the gateway to the world of Faerie before he is trapped by his enemies. Themes of love and loyalty as well as the acceptance of differences underlie the action without detracting from the story's unfolding. A good choice for adult and YA fantasy collections. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"An original and fascinating blend of Faerie and Christian belief, with a final battle that will leave you tingling. Classic fantasy as it should be written." --Nancy Kress, author, Beggars in Spain "A modern landscape of lonely, orphaned people with the wonder of an ancient mythos of faerie and magic. I felt as if I could fly myself." --Jim Grimsley, author, Kirith Kirin "An action adventure story [that explores] the norm for faerie families: unlike human marriages, faeries bond in groups of four, with gay marriage members." --edgeboston.com