What is Fantasy Creature Friday? It’s a discussion where I will talk about a particular creature every week. And what book or book series I think of when that creature is mentioned. At the end of the post, you will also get to link up your own fantasy creature book reviews and discussions for others to wander through.
Thanks to Anya at On Star Ships And Dragon Wings for letting me borrow her ‘link your blog’ idea. She does a giveaway every Friday where you can win ARC’s and link up your reviews/discussions/giveaways. You should totally check it out after you’re done here!
This week’s creature is:
Those of you who like Disney, may be thinking of Tinkerbell and the Pixie Hollow gang. However I always knew those as Fairies. So they are not this week’s creature topic. Pixies are similar to Fairies, but not the same species.
I admit, I never really thought much about them one way or the other. And then a friend told me I had to read the Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison.
In these books, pixies are approximately 4 inches tall, and are basically good guys. Whereas fairies are 6 inches tall and bad. Not so clean-cut of course, but the way they were described made me like the pixies in this world better.
Pixies wings are dragonfly-like, and change color based on their emotions. This is due to changes in how their blood flows based on these emotions. Multiple births are normal for pixies, they will have anywhere from 2 children all the way up to 12 at a time.
Their life-span is very short, only 15-20 years. But they are fertile and capable of having children up until they die. Families stick together until the children are 9, at which point the child leaves to find their own mate and territory. If a parent is sick or dead, one of the children will take over the territory the parent used to hold.
They generally hibernate during the winter, and the mortality rates for their children is high for new parents in the first few years. New parents spend a lot of time searching for food and keeping their families safe from fairies (who will kill them), humans and other enemies.
Children are named after their father, with the oldest children having short names. The names get longer as more children are born.
Jenks, the main pixie character in the books, is unusual because he has 54 living children. This is mostly due to his having a job in the big-people world, and the fact that Rachel and Ivy (witch and vampire main characters) are his friends and let him move his family into their house for the winter so they don’t have to worry about freezing to death while they hibernate.
Pixies eat pollen and nectar, occasionally meat just before hibernation. They have a very high metabolism, and are extremely quick fliers.
If they need to cross the territory of another pixie, they will wear a bright piece of red cloth so the other pixie knows they are just passing through and not trying to steal the territory. It’s basically a sign of truce.
They are wonderful gardeners, but refuse to work as such for anyone but themselves. When they do take jobs, they usually go for surveillance, camera maintenance, and general sneaking.
Silver is deadly to a pixie if it gets into their bloodstream, and burns them if it touches their skin.
Pixies cannot own property, and have no legal rights. Which is mostly fine with them, as they can live their lives their own way.
I couldn’t find any book covers or artwork for the series with an actual pixie. Which is odd since Jenks is a main character. So I may have gone slightly over-board with details to make up for it.
Have you read any books with pixies (not fairies) in them? Do you like the Rachel Morgan books? If so, who is your favorite character?