Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands

Del Rey: Ballantine. (Emily Wilde, Bk. 2). Jan. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780593500194. $28. FANTASY
In Fawcett’s second novel in the “Emily Wilde” series, after Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries, it’s 1910, and Emily, a Cambridge professor recently granted tenure, has published her encyclopedia of faeries and now endeavors to create a map of the faerie worlds. When Wendell Bambleby, a colleague and exiled royal faerie, is attacked by assassins sent by his stepmother, Emily is forced to begin her map of the Otherlands sooner than she planned, as she and Wendell need to find a door to his realm to get him home to stop the assassination attempts. Emily believes that she can find that door in the Austrian Alps. She attempts to navigate socializing with the villagers to gain insight into the local folk to locate the door’s whereabouts and also to find a long-lost faerie researcher who mysteriously disappeared over 50 years ago.
VERDICT In this historical fantasy of manners, Fawcett brings readers back to a beautifully atmospheric world in which faeries exist in the regular human realm. Recommend to fans of Marie Brennan’s A Natural History of Dragons and R.F. Kuang’s Babel.
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