Domnall and the Borrowed Child

Domnall and the Borrowed Child The best and bravest faeries fell in the war against the Sluagh and now the Council is packed with idiots and cowards Domnall is old aching and as cranky as they come but as much as he d like to r

  • Title: Domnall and the Borrowed Child
  • Author: Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
  • ISBN: 9781466891999
  • Page: 473
  • Format: ebook
  • The best and bravest faeries fell in the war against the Sluagh, and now the Council is packed with idiots and cowards Domnall is old, aching, and as cranky as they come, but as much as he d like to retire, he s the best scout the Sithein court has left.When a fae child falls deathly ill, Domnall knows he s the only one who can get her the medicine she needs Mother s milThe best and bravest faeries fell in the war against the Sluagh, and now the Council is packed with idiots and cowards Domnall is old, aching, and as cranky as they come, but as much as he d like to retire, he s the best scout the Sithein court has left.When a fae child falls deathly ill, Domnall knows he s the only one who can get her the medicine she needs Mother s milk The old scout will face cunning humans, hungry wolves, and uncooperative sheep, to say nothing of his fellow fae

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    1. Sylvia Spruck Wrigley

      Sylvia Spruck Wrigley was born in Germany, spent her childhood in Los Angeles and currently lives in Estonia Her short stories have most recently appeared in Lightspeed, Daily Science Fiction and Nature s Futures You can find out about her on intrigue

    197 thoughts on “Domnall and the Borrowed Child”


    1. 3.5/5Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewAs soon as it is about faes, I’m always there, so when I saw this novella, I was immediately intrigued. How not to be?Regardless, the story is not really long, it must be said, but it remains complete and allows us to discover a particular universe of the author. We then meet with Domnall, a former scout, but also a character unlike any others, one who knows how to do his job. His new mission? To heal a young fae who needs a mother’s milk. Something [...]


    2. I received this from the publisher via NetGalley; it will be released on November 10th, 2015.This novella isn't about action of high drama; no, it's a cozy fairy tale from the fairy's perspective, and it's a joy. Domnall is a cranky old cuss, the kind who pisses on the flowers that will soon have their dew harvested. But when a fairy child falls gravely ill, he knows what must be done: the wee one must feed on a human mother's milk, which means the human baby must be nabbed. Domnall fumbles alon [...]


    3. A fun little Scottish faerie story that needed to be a lot longer and have something interesting to say.Domnall is an old faerie scout that gets a mission to save a faerie child's life by getting it the milk of a human mother. This is done by replacing the human child with the sick faerie for a while, but nothing goes as planned.Domnall is a great cantankerous old faerie and his young protege Micol is fun too, but this reads like the first part of a much larger story which is what I think I'd pr [...]


    4. He may be feeling his age. He may be worried about his kin. He may be feeling a bit under appreciated. But Domnall's not a fae to take a problems lying down. Leastways not unless he's managed to acquire some of that big people whisky. When a child becomes dangerously ill, Domnall knows that he's got to find the mortal mother's milk to save her. When the changeling solution goes pear shaped, Domnall sets out again into a dangerous world to save the child. He'll brave wolves and brownies to seek o [...]


    5. Domnall and the Borrowed Child Sylvia Wrigley is the teaser of a book that pretends to be the entire story. It is in many ways an iceberg, with the story that is told being the tip above the surface while the vast volume of the tale left unseen beneath the surface. Which would not be be so bad if the tip of the iceberg was interesting enough to keep you wanting to dive beneath the surface to find out the rest.The best and bravest of the faeries fell in a war against the Sluagh. What remains of t [...]


    6. This is a slight faerie story, based on changeling myths. It's okay, with decent characters, but it doesn't have quite enough charm to distract you from the fact that not a lot is going on here. It's disjointed and episodic, without much new to say on the themes. It is refreshing to see a changeling tale from the fae point of view, and Domnall is amusingly crotchety, which is just enough to make this worth your time. Give it a go if it sounds like your cup of tea, but don't expect much more than [...]


    7. 3.5 stars. This was a cute short story. I wish it was longer though because parts of it were rushed, and didn't entirely make sense.



    8. I received an egalley of this novella from the publisher for review. Thank you to Tor Publishing! This review is my honest opinion.I'm going to borrow this synopsis of Domnall and the Borrowed Child from , because I don't think I could be more succinct and to the point than this already is:The best and bravest faeries fell in the war against the Sluagh, and now the Council is packed with idiots and cowards. Domnall is old, aching, and as cranky as they come, but as much as he'd like to retire, h [...]


    9. (Mini-review originally appeared here: bibliotropic/2015/12/30/de)It’s not that this story is bad. Far from it; it was pretty entertaining, with some good humour, an interesting situation, and some creativity in not only presenting the problem at hand but also in the characters trying to figure out how to solve it when luck isn’t on their side and things turn sour.But it’s so very short, and there’s so little world-building to it. The back-of-the-book summary tells you that there was a w [...]


    10. Domnall and the Borrowed Child was a nice short story. This story seemed like it was based on a much larger work. I felt like there was a back story to these characters that I did not know about, although this did not affect the quality of the book. It was a short, cute story that seemed like it was a fairy tale. I felt like I could have read this story to a child and they would have benefited from it much more than I did. The story progressed well and I did not feel like it ended to soon or tha [...]


    11. A fun and enchanting read, this was probably the shortest of the Tor Novellas that I read. The length fit the story however, as it was very much a self contained fairy tale. Though not the strongest that I've read from the line of novellas I still enjoyed it.



    12. It was cute enough, though very slight. The title is a bit of an odd choice, as there is a borrowed child, but only for a short while, and not at the end or anything. Titles are a bit of sausage making, however, and one never knows what goes into them. There's nothing particularly distinctive about the novella, but there's nothing particularly bad about it, either, so it works out to be a pleasant distraction.



    13. This is a cute, quick read about Scottish seelie fae and changelings from the other side of the fence. Domnall is quite the character, being old and set in his ways and infuriated by the current ruling council’s cowardly actions. He remembers a time before his kind were so terrified of humans, when they would go out and dance fairy rings amongst the bluebells, not send out a bunch of ill-trained youngsters to gather the morning dew so the rest of the fae can stay safe inside.Since he’s one o [...]


    14. The war claimed the best of the fae. Now there are no warriors and no elders with real wisdom. Those who remain do their best and work to train and prepare the young, but with only the fae who weren't strong or brave or smart enough to fight left it means the young are lacking in the better qualities as well.Domnall isn't going to be the one to fix things. He's an older fae who'd rather avoid responsibility at all cost. Unfortunately, he's one of the few with the knowledge to help when a young f [...]


    15. I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.Ten Second Synopsis:A traditional fae tale that reads like a contemporary novel! Domnall and the Borrowed Child is a quick read that cuts straight to the action and the reader is never left hanging, wondering what’s going to happen next. The plot moves apace from the initial trouble – the sick fae child – toward Domnall’s blue-tak and seat-of-your-pants rescue efforts. For some reason I expected that this would be a [...]


    16. Many of the novellas I've read lately have been heavy, thoughtful pieces about real issues. I like that sort of fiction. Story is still king, so the issues have to work in service to the issues, and there's nothing that annoys me more than a book that is more issue than story. If I have to choose between the two, I will always choose story.Domnall and the Borrowed Child isn't about issues, but it's a well-told story that doesn't let go once you begin reading. Domnall is an old, crotchety fae cre [...]


    17. This book was provided to me by the publisher at no cost.I did not love this book.It's perfectly adequate as a re-hashing of the ideas about Faerie stealing children and possible consequences and so on, but I don't think it's as clever as it thinks it is.I think the idea of only the old and somewhat pathetic faeries still being around is meant to be - amusing? challenging? - but instead it just comes off as a bit confusing, because the reason for that isn't really explored; sometimes an info dum [...]


    18. Domnall, an old, cranky, and insufficiently respected Fae scout, is sent on a mission to find a human home with a young baby and a nursing mother. Maeve's daughter is sick and not recovering, and needs the human magic of mother's milk or she may die. He finds a suitable nursing mother, and does the switch, and all is going to be well.Until he discovers that the humans are planning a baptism in just a few days' time. He manages to do the switch again, but in the process the Fae child is injured, [...]


    19. This was an interesting story. I have always enjoyed reading about the Fae. Domnall and the Borrowed child gave a unique look into the process of placing changelings and the reasons behind it. It was a really quick read and had a great pace. I had only two small complaints. I have read some stories about Fae and am somewhat familiar with the lore and language. However, even I had trouble with some of the terms used. I had never heard the terms Cu Sith or Sithein and it took me a second to catch [...]



    20. He may be feeling his age. He may be worried about his kin. He may be feeling a bit under appreciated. But Domnall's not a fae to take a problems lying down. Leastways not unless he's managed to acquire some of that big people whisky. When a child becomes dangerously ill, Domnall knows that he's got to find the mortal mother's milk to save her. When the changeling solution goes pear shaped, Domnall sets out again into a dangerous world to save the child. He'll brave wolves and brownies to seek o [...]


    21. If you liked this book, you might also enjoy:✱ The Moorchild✱ Merrow✱ Thistle and Thyme: Tales and Legends from Scotland✱ Sea-Spell and Moor-Magic: Tales of the Western Isles


    22. After the war with the Sluagh, so few brave fae are left. Those that are left in the council are overly cautious and know little of the past. When one of the children fall ill, this leaves the task of finding a human mother to feed the child precious healing mother's milk to Domnall. His knees creak and his joints ache in the cold, but Domnall isn't about to let the child--or his people--down. He knew leaving a changeling was dangerous, but who knew it was such a confounded production?This is a [...]


    23. A pleasant novella about an aging Fae trying to save a very ill Faery child. It follows the traditional changeling lore. I just wanted more from the characters and this Fae world. It felt like a sketch and left me rather dissatisfied. As changeling stories go, the story felt perfunctorily plotted, many of the characters too thin. Elspeth, Micol, and Nighean felt like props, rather than real people. The lack of smooth resolution resolution for Elspeth bothered me. Readers looking for a child-appr [...]


    24. Domnall and the Borrowed Child is the definitely weakest of Tor’s novellas published to date. It’s not bad, but it’s a little too short and doesn’t have any standout qualities to elevate it above the ordinary.Read the full review at SF Bluestocking.


    25. This didn't do much for me, I'm afraid. It's a fine story, I suppose, but rather unambitious and derivative. For what it was, it needed a more interesting/witty protagonist to elevate the story, and/or some more interesting/unique ideas about the implications of the faeries stealing children. Having said all that, it was a fun enough, easy little read if that's what you are looking for.


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