I first became aware of C.S. Lakin’s writing because of reviews like THIS ONE posted by Grace Bridges of Splashdown Books. I promptly went out and bought The Wolf of Tebron and very much enjoyed it–and fully appreciated why it’s considered “fairy tale” rather than simply fantasy.
I found this description of “fairy tale” online:
Fairy tales, also known as wonder tales or märchen (from the German), are a sub-genre of folktales involving magical, fantastic or wonderful episodes, characters, events, or symbols. Like all folktales they are narratives that are not believed to be true (fictional stories), often in timeless settings (once upon a time) in generic, unspecified places (the woods), with one-dimensional characters (completely good or bad). They function to entertain, inspire, and enlighten us. In these episodic narratives the main characters are usually humans who often follow a typical pattern (as in a heroic quest) that is resolved partly by magic. The fact that these wonder tales still appeal to us attests to their richness and effectiveness as symbolic (artistic) communication.
Other than the “one-dimensional characters” I’d say that’s an apt description (as her characters have depth). You don’t often think of fairy tales as being written for adults, but C.S. Lakin shows that they are definitely not just for children! Her writing, though, will make you read with childlike wonder.
Now, turn to page two and discover her own “fairy tale” journey to publication….