Welcome to the World of The Fey

Sweeping, intricate, and powerfully written, New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Fey series launches a thrilling saga of the quest for power fought over generations and solidifies Rusch’s place as the greatest storyteller of our time.

A very good, very large fantasy…nicely done and with a particularly satisfying and unexpected resolution.

—Science Fiction Chronicle

Read the Series (in order)

The Original Books of The Fey

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The Sacrifice: Book One of The Fey

Sweeping, intricate, and powerfully written, New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s The Sacrifice launches a thrilling saga of the quest for power fought over generations.

When the most powerful ruling family in the world attempts to conquer a tiny, seemingly helpless island kingdom, they meet forces they never knew existed, and face an epic battle that changes everything. With a richly imagined world full of diverse and compelling characters, Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s brilliant storytelling illuminates the timeless power struggle between politics, religion, and family that continues to resonate in the all-too-real world of today.

From its beautifully crafted opening to its powerfully surprising conclusion, this spellbinding masterpiece takes fantasy to soaring new heights and solidifies Rusch’s place as the greatest storyteller of our time.

The Changeling: Book Two of The Fey

Surprising, shocking, and powerfully written, New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s The Changeling continues the thrilling saga of the quest for power fought over generations.

The hard-won peace on Blue Isle rests on an uneasy truce. But a stunning series of betrayals shatter not only that truce, but also any hope for the peaceful coexistence of the warrior Fey and the people of Blue Isle. In a pulse-pounding tour de force, where it becomes impossible to tell hero from villain, Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s brilliant storytelling questions not only the balance of power, but the very nature of power itself. 

From a surprising opening salvo to a twist so powerful the rest of the series hinges on that one moment, this stunning masterpiece of shocking betrayal and heartbreaking loss furthers Rusch’s mastery as the greatest storyteller of our time.

The Rival: Book Three of The Fey

Thrilling, powerful, and intricately written, New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s The Rival furthers the pulse-pounding saga of the quest for power fought over generations.

Twenty years after they first tried to conquer Blue Isle, the Fey return to seize the strategic island, led now by the all-powerful Black King Rugad. But the epic battle between patriarchs over control of their joint heir threatens to annihilate both bloodlines. In a thrilling battle for the rule of two nations, Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s brilliant storytelling pits family against family in a gripping saga borne of love and power.

From its sweeping opening to a shocking attack, this no-holds-barred saga furthers Rusch’s mastery as the greatest storyteller of our time.

The Resistance: Book Four of The Fey

Surprising, heartbreaking, and powerfully written, New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s The Resistance furthers the thrilling saga of the quest for power fought over generations.

As blood battles blood, the fight for Blue Isle divides alliances and forces difficult choices. But while both sides work to gather their forces and prepare their defenses, a powerful Vision could change not only the tide of war but also the future of both kingdoms. In a gripping tour de force, where both sides brace for the fiercest battle yet, Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s brilliant storytelling pits family against family in a gripping saga of sacrifice and revenge.

From its game-changing revelations to an unexpected reunion, this heartbreaking masterpiece of love and war furthers Rusch’s mastery as the greatest storyteller of our time.

Victory: Book Five of The Fey

Epic, powerful, and stunningly written, New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Victory concludes this thrilling saga of the quest for power fought over generations.

As the final battle of blood against blood looms, both sides face terrible choices. The clash of magic threatens to consume all in its wake, while the fate of Fey and Islander alike rests in one place: The Place of Power. As the brutal battle rages to its thrilling conclusion, Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s masterful storytelling demonstrates that victory demands the ultimate sacrifice.

From its fierce battles to the heartbreaking decisions forced by fate, this epic masterpiece of the quest for power and the fight for freedom solidifies Rusch’s place as the greatest storyteller of our time.

The Black Throne

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The Black Queen: Book One of The Black Throne

Sweeping, intricate, and powerfully written, New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s The Black Queen introduces a new era in the quest for power fought over generations.

In the fifteen years of Arianna’s rule on the Black Throne, Blue Isle enjoyed peace. Until a powerful reminder of the past resurfaces to threaten the family, the Fey, and the entire world. With diverse and compelling characters and a richly imagined world, Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s brilliant storytelling illuminates the dangers wrought by a thirst for power that continues to resonate in the all-too-real world of today.

As the heirs to the Black Throne struggle against the weight of the powers driving them to destinies they abhor, this heartbreaking masterpiece furthers the story of the Fey as well as Rusch’s place as the greatest storyteller of our time.

The Black King: Book Two of The Black Throne

Epic, powerful, and stunningly written, New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s The Black King concludes this thrilling saga of the Fey—for now.

While Gift makes his way to Blue Isle, and Rugad’s hold on Arianna’s mind strengthens, Gift faces impossible choices. As the fight for his sister’s soul rages to its thrilling conclusion, Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s masterful storytelling demonstrates that salvation demands the ultimate sacrifice.

From its fierce final battle to a decision that will change the world for generations to come, this epic masterpiece of the quest for power and the carnage left in its wake solidifies Rusch’s place as the greatest storyteller of our time.

The Qavnerian Protectorate

The Reflection on Mount Vitaki: Prequel to the Qavnerian Protectorate

An impossible journey…

Professor Kyra Row Kirilli feels the pull of the mysterious reflection on the mountain that lies across the Forbidden Valley. It calls to her.

But why? Even her husband, with his knowledge of magic, cannot provide an answer.

Kyra must embark on a journey to the source herself—a journey no one ever survives.

Set long before the original books in the bestselling epic fantasy series, The Reflection on Mount Vitaki expands the diverse world and powerful magic of The Fey into previously uncharted territory.

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The Kirilli Matter: The First Book of the Qavnerian Protectorate

Gripping, imaginative, and a tour-de-force of thrilling storytelling, New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s The Kirilli Matter launches her acclaimed Fey series into exciting new territory.

When the investigation of a brutal murder scene points to terrifying suspects, Augusta Kirilli must find a way to protect her family’s secrets—secrets so long buried, she must discover their meaning or risk her own destruction. Set in the world of The Fey and masterfully blending fantasy and steampunk elements, Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Qavnerian Protectorate saga adds rich new dimension to this powerfully written series.

From its shocking opening to the deepening mystery at its conclusion, this groundbreaking novel takes epic fantasy in a whole new direction and proves Rusch’s place as the greatest storyteller of our time.

Publishing February 21, 2023

More Reading about The Fey

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Lessons from the Writing of The Fey

In this WMG Writer’s Guide, bestselling and award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch tells the riveting story behind the creation of her epic fantasy series The Fey.

Rusch speaks frankly about the mistakes she made, the bad advice she took, the problems in curation of the books themselves, and the unequal treatment she received from the publishing company that originally purchased the series in the 1990s.

As Rusch now looks forward to writing new books in the world of The Fey, she reflects on those hard-learned lessons and offers spellbinding insights into book publishing’s recent past as well as keen insight into the future for aspiring writers.

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Destiny: A Story of The Fey

Written as a prequel to the original books of The Fey, “Destiny” follows the Shapeshifter Solanda on Nye. The story is available in ebook and trade paperback in the anthology Fiction River Presents: Darker Realms.