CSFF Blog Tour - Day 2
Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter
Faery Magic, One Size Does Not Fit All In the Gardener's Eyes
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Magic has left the Oakenfolk, except for Queen Amaryllis. It wasn't always so, but since before the time of the Queen the faery folk are unable to work magic. At times of stress, small magic or changes can be worked, but the spells soon wear off returning the people or objects to they way they were before. Born into the repressive life of the old oak tree, Byrony yearns for something more, something larger than her world inside. She even questions why The Gardener, the whole world's creator, would make such a big world and expect faeries to remain secluded inside.
Faeries have lost their creative abilities along with their magic. No one has created new art, or new dresses, or new songs since the magic has left the Oakenfolk. It may be that their magic helped create these things. With power to create unavailable the faeries must preserve the irreplaceable beauty of the past and only bringing these items out during very special occasions
Early in the story Bryony escapes through a large window in the seamstress room and encounters a young human boy. The chance meeting surprises both, and Byrony scurries back inside the tree. The Queen hears of Byrony's unprotected venture out of the tree, and Byrony is hurried to their physician. Inside, Byrony encounters her first case of the Silence as it has hit one of the older faeries of their tree. No one knows for sure of the cause, only that the results are final, but most think the disease comes from contacts with humans lik ethe one Byrony just met.
Byrony's curiosity gets the better of her, and she begins searching for answers the Oakenfolk, especially the Queen, would rather she didn't ask. Turned away from the answers by her elders, Byrony, who becomes Knife, searches the Library. Her thirst for knowledge impresses the librarian who takes her to a special room holding old books from the time before the loss of magic. Shocked to find a glimpse of the real reason behind the Oak's loss of magic, Byrony now known as Knife, begins to doubt the truth of those around her, especially the Queen.
It seems that once one question is answered, a new question begs creation. Is the Silence to blame for the loss of Faery magic? If so, where did the Silence originate? Was it something members of their tree did to disappoint the Gardener. Maybe it was a disease caught from the giants known as humans.
Her answer worked on multiple levels. The story struck me as an allegory for our own world. Over time, the faeries had become so seperated from the Gardener's plan, that they lost their way and had come to think of their limited, inwardly-directed lives as the way life was meant to be. Questioning society upsets the status quo because 'that's the way we've wlways done it.'
On the third and final day, I'll discuss how friends care about you especially when they don't always agree with you.
Tomorrow - Friends Come in All Sizes and Places, Both Faery and Human.
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