Not Exactly Fairy Tales, but ...

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1urania1
nov 27, 2011, 2:09 pm

There are a lot of good books out there that people who collect fairy tales or folk tales might enjoy. Some may have a tenuous relationship to folktales; others may have a whiff of real magic about them.

Here's a YA book which uses the celtic mythology about the each uisige (water horses) but places it in a more contemporary (exactly when is not completely clear) setting: The Scorpio Races.

2ErisofDiscord
nov 27, 2011, 2:44 pm

Yes! Yes! Yes! Thank you for mentioning that book. I think that "The Scorpio Races" was set during the early 1900's, because Steifvater said that some of the mainlanders wore 'bowler hats.' I very much enjoyed this book (as evidenced by the yes's!) and I liked Maggie Stiefvater's take on water horses.

A book that I might suggest is Tithe, by Holly Black. I'm not entirely sure if it borrows from any one fairy tale, but it does involve two different courts of faeries and changelings.