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Book Review: The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill by Sean-Paul Thomas


Liam, a young teenage boy who recently lost his father, is befriended by G, a weird and wonderful, yet very curious kind of fairy creature, after she breaks the strict rules of her troubled, fantastical world and intervenes when Liam is beaten up by a gang of school bullies outside her cave on top of Edinburgh’s Calton Hill.

Immediately G and Liam form a deep bond of friendship that takes them on a whirlwind adventure inside her magical world, from the great cliffs of doom and the flesh eating forest to the great lake of Silence, and all the weird and wonderful creatures that inhabit them, from fire wolves and rainbow dragons to the more sinister lurking Weasel bats.

But G’s world is no longer the tranquil haven it once was, and is now a world ruled by a tyrant Fairy King, his mysterious evil wizard, Zorn, and their army of Wretchids – a half goblin, half werewolf mix breed creature, with one hell of a bite.

Things take a darker turn when Liam, looking to impress his new love interest Lucy – a pretty and feisty Irish teenage girl next door – secretly brings her into the new world, unaware of the tragic and twisted chaos that is about to be unleashed.




I was given a copy by the author of this book. This will not affect my review.


At first, I was curious about this book. I was wondering about the title. It’s intriguing. The story, on the other hand, is a different matter. At first it was smooth sailing. I could understand it quite fine but when the characters started talking and having conversations with each other, I honestly didn’t understand most of it.


The story is fine but it’s too predictable. A cliché. Although there are times that I tried my best to not predict the flow of the story, for some reason I know what’s gonna happen next.


And even though I’m not fond of a third person point of view in reading a book, I still give it a shot. I thought it will still be understandable even if it’s in a third person point of view. However, there’s no focus as to whose emotions or point of view are being described. Also, even though there’s already a glossary for the Scotch dialect, I still couldn’t understand what they’re talking about. And it’s a bit hassle to go back to the glossary page to look back for the meaning of the slang, although I have nothing against those Scotch dialects.


And the story is not as indulging as the other books I’ve read before. Maybe because it’s in different genre but still, I didn’t find it as interesting. Though I must admit that there are moments that the story could bring me somewhere in my childhood where I used to imagine fairies and other magical things.


The book is not bad. It just didn’t fit in my own description of interesting and indulging story. If you are the kind of person who loves fairies and appreciate exploring new culture, this book is perfect for you!


Don’t let my review ruin your curiosity towards this book. Read it for yourself and find out if it’s a good one or not!






About the Author…



Born in London to Scottish and Irish parents, Sean spent most of his childhood and teenage years growing up on the move in the likes of Cyprus, Germany, Wales and England as an army brat. With a keen interest in both reading and writing he was diagnosed with the travel and writing bugs very early on in life.
Now, writing, traveling and reading are his main passions in life, but he also loves outdoor sports too from Rugby and Hiking to Tennis and Boxing.
His main inspiration for writing today comes from living in such a beautiful, Gothic and hauntingly, awe inspiring city such as Edinburgh. This charming wee city has given Sean so much amazing inspiration to write the more time he spends there.
At this moment Sean is working on a couple of screenplays, a book about an alcoholic deadbeat and a single mother ex porn star who find love in Edinburgh’s Morningside, and a sequel to ‘The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill’ – The Fairy Boy of the Seven seas.
So far he has two published work of fiction –
The Universe Doesn’t Do Second Chances and Cafe Independence.
And 5 self published novels.

Sarah Smiles


The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill






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