Review: “The Fae Keeper” by H.E. Edgmon

Release Date: May 31, 2021
Series: The Witch King series
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


In the heart-stopping sequel to The Witch King, Wyatt and Emyr attempt to rebuild Asalin despite unexpected new enemies within their kingdom.

Two weeks after the door to Faery closed once more, Asalin is still in turmoil. Emyr and Wyatt are hunting Derek and Clarke themselves after having abolished the corrupt Guard, and are trying to convince the other kingdoms to follow their lead. But when they uncover the hidden truth about the witches’ real place in fae society, it becomes clear the problems run much deeper than anyone knew. And this may be more than the two of them can fix.

As Wyatt struggles to learn control of his magic and balance his own needs with the needs of a kingdom, he must finally decide on the future he wants–before he loses the future he and Emyr are building…

My Thoughts

The Fae Keeper veers into some heavy ter­ritory. Besides racism, colonialism, oppression, slavery, and transphobia, the sequel also digs into trauma, the sometimes fuzzy boundary between healthy and toxic relationships, and sex. The book is definitely older YA verging into New Adult, yet no matter what, Edgmon always keeps teen readers as his focus. It would be lu­dicrous to assume no teenager has to deal with shifting friendships and relationships, consent, or state-sanctioned identity-based oppressions. Millions of teenagers all over this country are going through some of the same things Wyatt, Emyr, and Briar deal with, if not more and worse. Edgmon confronts those challenges head on, never pulling their punches or sugar-coating the situations. It’s not often readers get to ex­perience characters having detailed discussions about the different shades of queer beyond the commonly known macro labels, unequivocally state that it is okay to revoke consent, or come to understand that a marker of a good relation­ship is having a partner that respects your needs. Some of it was stated very bluntly, but sometimes it’s better to just say something than to pile on the metaphors.

Read the rest of this review at Locus Magazine.

Buy it at (affiliate link). Thanks to the publisher for sending me a review copy.

2 thoughts on “Review: “The Fae Keeper” by H.E. Edgmon

  1. Great review! I recently read the witch king and found Emyr and Wyatt’s relationship so romantic, as well as being well thought out with great character development. The queer rep in this book was phenomenal and I can’t wait for the sequel!! The ending left me on such a cliffhanger… You’ve made me really excited to read it and I love how you talked about the book’s message – I totally agree that it’s often better to be blunt if you want a message to really hit home. Find my review of the witch king here! 😊


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