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 weeks creature is more a classification than a type…
The Seelie Court!
There are two courts that comprise most of the fae creatures we know. The Seelie and the Unseelie. The Seelie court are known to return human kindness with favor. They will also warn humans of danger, and are slightly less likely to punish accidental offense with permanent harm. Insults will be avenged, and like most fae, they love mischief of all kinds. These pranks rarely cause true harm however, as they are quite fond of humans.
Other names for the Seelie court are “The Shining Throng”, “The Golden Ones”, and “The Light Court”. Fae belong to one court or the other, based on whether or not they are light or dark. Most of the ‘light’ fae tend to be pretty, or at least not fear-inducing on appearance alone. They also tend to have a kinder and more happy attitude. Seelie court fae are not always benevolent, but they are much more likely to forgive than their Unseelie court brethren.
Unlike the Unseelie court, there seems to be no one race that strictly belongs only to the Seelie court. Elves can be either good or evil, and so belong to both courts. Pixies are used by both courts as spies and messengers, brownies clean and cook for both courts. It’s mostly dependent on the personality of the particular fae, which court they belong to.
I have read about the Seelie court (or fae that would belong to it) in many different books. My favorite being the Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton. They can also be found in the following books:
The Mercy Thompson books, Summer’s Crossing, 12 Treasures, Influential Magic, and a number of others.
What is your favorite book with the Seelie court in it? Do you have a particular favorite race of fae?