I had been looking forward to the January FairyLoot box from the moment the theme for the month was revealed. The theme is Talk Faerie To Me and I knew it would revolve around one of my favourite authors, Sarah J. Maas and my favourite fantasy staple characters – fairies, elves and everything in between.
But in my excitement and giddy expectation, I had to stop and think. What will I find in this box? What does faerie even mean? I know the Fae from Sarah J. Maas’s books. I know Feyre and Rhysand from Prythian and Aelin and Rowan from Erilea. But I also know they share more characteristics with Tolkien’s elves than Shakespeare’s fairies. If you wondered as well, you need not wonder anymore for I went on a research expedition (to Google land) and I have all the answers. Well, some of them.
A fairy (also faery) is a type of mythical being or legendary creature in European folklore, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural, or preternatural.
Fairie was in origin used adjectivally, meaning “enchanted” (as in fairie knight, fairie queen), but was used as a name for “enchanted” creatures from as early as the Late Middle English period.
For example, fairies appeared in medieval romances as one of the beings that a knight-errant might encounter. King Arthur was crowned in “the land of the fairy” and taken in his death by four fairy queens.
In English literature of the Elizabethan era, elves became conflated with the fairies of Romance culture, so that the two terms began to be used interchangeably. Elves seem generally to have been thought of as beings with magical powers and supernatural beauty, ambivalent towards everyday people and capable of either helping or hindering them. They are often portrayed as being wiser than humans, with sharper senses and perceptions as well. Mentally sharp and lovers of nature, art, and song and often skilled archers. A hallmark of many fantasy elves is their pointed ears.
There you have it, my friends. That’s how you get from Tinker Bell to Rhysand. Now that the lesson is over, let’s find out what’s in this magical box.
FairyLoot must love me because they usually put a candle in the box. And as usual, it’s on the top. This time they partnered with Meraki Candles to bring us an exclusive Prince Cardan candle. You can see the pictures so it will be no surprise that prince Cardan is THE cruel prince from the book of the month. And apparently, he smells of clove, oak-wood, moss, leather, black pepper and pine (there’s also glitter, yay). Also as an added bonus, this one comes in a jar and not in a tin, making it so much better in my eyes.
The next item you absolutely can’t miss because it’s huge. And it’s a pillowcase with a design by Evie Bookish. It is 18’’ x 18’’, absolutely beautiful and features a quote from A Court of Wings and Ruin. Which apparently also applies to Jude, the main character of this months book. So I guess there’s nothing nice in store for her.
There really is no way to determine which item makes me the most excited, but this one is a hot candidate. And it is a vegan lip balm by Geeky Clean. There was one based on Avatar in one of the boxes in the past and I loved it so much I destroyed it in its entirety. This time, I got the Seelie one and it smells of apples. The other option was the Unseelie variation, which represents the ‘dark side’.
Nothing faerie themed would be complete without Feyre and Rhys from the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy. We get these beloved characters in the form of magnetic bookmarks by Dreamy and Co. and they look just the cutest in their Illyrian fighting leathers.
The thing that actually blew my mind is the fact that we got a whole colouring book. The Faerieland Colouring Book is by Michael O’Mara and it includes beautiful illustrations of the creatures you may find in the land of the faerie.
In the very unlikely event that this would not be enough for someone, FairyLoot also included two art prints. But they are reversible! So you get two stunning prints of Aelin and Rowan by Diana Worak and two text illustrations by Stella Bookish Art. Both include quotes from books with lots of faeries in them.
The featured book of the month is marketed as a dark and decadent treat filled with faeries, mystery and mayhem. It is The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. The book tells a story of Jude and her two sisters who are abducted as children to live among the faeries. Jude wants nothing more than to belong, but mortality is not something the faerie folk look kindly upon. To win a place at the Court, she must defy the wicked prince Cardan – and face the consequences.
I am already reading it and am lost in this magical land. Also, I despise Cardan with a passion.
As always, there is a dear reader letter by the author, a signed bookplate, a print and a bookmark with the theme art. My buddy number is #FairyLoot126223. Hit me up on Instagram if we match.
I think this box might be my favourite one yet. Next month, the theme is Twisted Tales. If you want to get a box for yourself, check out FairyLoot here.