“The Night of the Fairies” by Marta Moran Bishop – #Mythology, #FolkTales, #ScienceFiction, #Fantasy, #FairyTales

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Astarte, grew up an orphan in the tribe and she had no recollection of ever having known her mother. From childhood, she could hear the silver ringing of the music of the fairies as they twirled in the moonlight below the caves. She saw them dancing, the fireflies glittering in and around them, adding a shimmer of gold in the moonlight.
Why could no one else see them? What made Astarte different than the other children of the tribe? Why did discontent fill her soul at the idea of moving with the tribe and leaving the fairies behind and why did the idea that she would be required to marry into one of the other tribes when she reached her majority scare her so much?
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An engaging, whimsical tale!

‘The Night of the Fairies’ couches in fantasy an enchanting short story that touches upon a theme of identity – ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Where do I belong?’ – the resolution to these questions is a delightful surprise.

An orphan in her tribe, Astarte is different, both in body and in mind. At night when others in her tribe are asleep, Astarte remains awake to view a group of fairies that no one else in her tribe can see or hear. Captivated by this amazing sight, Astarte’s innate longing is to join in with the fairies. At this point, the author added a bit of intrigue to the story that captivated me: the girl’s stronger pull to leave the tribe is concurrent with unusual changes going on in her body.

Ms. Moran-Bishop captures superbly the inner discontent within this girl child who senses she does not belong. The author also poignantly touches upon a happenstance that occurs all too often in real life parenting situations: well-intentioned elders try to calm the child yet do not question her as to what is going on or listen to what she has to say.

‘The Night of the Fairies’ is an engaging, whimsical tale that pulled at my heart.

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