THE PIPER AND THE FAIRY BY CAROLE BULEWSKI
PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY DREAM’S EDGE PUBLISHING 14TH OCTOBER 2020
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London-based sculptor Iris friend Tom has disappeared without a trace during a trip to Austria. Worse still Iris has no recollection of what happened when she was searching for him.
Stranger still, she regularly hears Tom’s voice in her head.
Fearing that she may be losing her mind, she consults a therapist to bring back the memories she’s temporarily erased.
The focus of the therapy quickly shifts towards the only two people who have mattered to her. Tom, the piper, a Sixties-influenced musician who reignited her creativity; and Matilda, her childhood friend, who encouraged her to pursue her artistic ambitions whilst inspiring her through her Wiccan practice.
What is it that Iris, the fairy in the trees as Tom called her, has buried deep inside that her mind, and will she be able to dig up the clues as to what happened to Tom?
The piper and the Fairy is a story of obsession, intense friendship and alternative realities that keep you guessing until the final scene.
I must admit I found this story quite hard to get into, and didn’t get past the first chapter, however this comes down to preference, while other readers may well love this book. I have read other stories with folklore in and have enjoyed them. I just found this one difficult to get into. I do actually collect fairy figurines that’s why I wanted to read this book in particular, and love genuinely reading about fairies and folklore. I fully appreciate that the author has spent a lot of time writing this book making sure it sits well with readers. I do however think that the story is well written but just not my cup of tea.
There are references to weed in this story, but although the beginning of the story is about weed it’s there for a reason. However I’m not a fan of stories surrounding about weed, as my neighbours smoke it, making my life a living hell. During the hot summer I had to close my conservatory windows and my back door. I can smell it in my bathroom, when they smoke it. My loft smells of it a little too. I have part of the first chapter which will help you decide if this is the book for you.
I would like to thank the author Carole Bulewski who very kindly sent me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.
PART ONE LOSING TOM
London, May 2007
It wasn’t a difficult decision to make. In fact, it came naturally, almost as a relief after all the pain. But in a way, it was the easy part. Because then I had to come back – in actual fact I was forced to come back, and I didn’t even have a say in the matter.
Matilda told me she found me unconscious in the conservatory, bleeding profusely from my slashed wrists. Rushing to my rescue she walked on broken glass – the remains of the drink I had swallowed in a few laborious gulps before the glass fell of my hand and crashed on the tiles. She noticed the bust of Tom in blue alabaster next to me on the floor and grabbed it, before hurling it into the garden. There he was again, this Tom whom she believed had caused me so much pain, and she just couldn’t deal with it any more. I think she was angry with herself for not having foreseen that I would reach the point of no return, and she took it out on the statue that night because it was the closest thing to the real-life Tom. She couldn’t have guessed that Tom had spoken to me that very same night – to be honest, I’m not sure I believe her either.
Matilda only thought of calling for an ambulance when the sculpture fell flatly, almost silently, on the wet grass – how it didn’t break was in itself a little miracle. Maybe I invented this part, and in fact I cannot recall if she ever told me about this, but I can easily picture her that night, suddenly realising the seriousness of the situation. Matilda’s coping mechanisms when something goes badly wrong in her life are either to fall silent for hours, days even, or to express her anger boldly and loudly as she possibly can – and that night she chose the latter. The ability to think had momentarily deserted her, and only returned after this initial outburst.
That evening, upon coming home from work, Matilda went straight to her flat on the first floor, because there was no reason to check on m, because we hadn’t planned to spend the evening together and because we were entitled to our privacy. It’s only when she decided to roll a joint, something she wouldn’t normally have done on a week night, that she realised that her stash of weed had disappeared and that something wasn’t quite right. Neither Holly nor her mum, who were regular smokers with more than enough stocks to survive a siege, could have stolen it from her. There was only one possible culprit; me, Iris, the sister she’d never had, a sister not of blood but of fate and choice, Iris, the annoying younger sibling who made herb,ice impossible and exciting at the same time. Unless someone had broke into the house, I was the only one who could have stolen her stash of weed.
ABOUT AUTHOR CAROLE BULEWSKI
Carole Buleswski is a multi-faceted and accomplished author. She began her author career writing in her native French. Carole was born and raised in the south of France. Now writing almost exclusively in English and living in London. Carole’s writing weaves an almost mystical tale of fairy, folklore fantasy mingled with a darker undercurrent of urban despair
The Piper and the Fairy is the first of a trilogy of novels exploring Iris Low’s journey through a life entwined with pagan folklore and Iris’s own imagination which creates for her a parallel world that is shield against a truth she is not ready to face.
Carole has also written and illustrated a children’s book, although her mythical, magical, and metaphysic novels are Carole’s preferred genre.
In 202O, Carole signed with Dream’s Edge Publishing who will be releasing Water of Life, the follow up to The Piper and The Fairy, and the final book of the trilogy, The Little God of Queen’s Park.