The Wild Court by E.G. Radcliff – Book review/Blog tour

I’m pleased to be part of the The Write Reads blog tour for the The Wild Court by E. G Radcliffe- a YA fantasy with faeries, magic, power, love and Aed, the former Hidden King.

Book Info

Genre: YA Fantasy

Length: 488 Pages

Published: 29th June 2021

What perils await on the other side of the veil?
In the seventh year of Áed’s reign, night descends on the autumn festival. But a time of revelry turns into one of fiery destruction—as fae pour across the veil and the Gut becomes a battlefield in an otherworldly war.
Determined to protect his kingdom and the people he loves, Áed finds himself catapulted into a realm as unfamiliar as it is dangerous, where magic is king and wild courts vie for supremacy.
While the faerie Queen’s missing consort holds the key to life and death, tenuous alliances raise questions about Áed’s connection to the mysterious Bone court. His survival hinges on cunning as much as illusion.
On a mission like no other, only one thing is certain: no one will survive unscathed.

Book review

The Wild Court by E. G Radcliff continues Áed’s, the half-faerie King, story and journey as a leader.

I received a copy of this book for a free and unbiased opinion..

When Áed’s Kingdom is caught in the crossfire between different factions of faeries, Erin a Sand Faerie stakes Aed, Ronan and Eamon into the faerie realm to help resolve the dispute. The only problem is the faeries dislike humans. Aed finds himself caught up in the political intrigue and conflicts between the various courts, trying to find the missing Consort of the faeries queen and family drama.

The book is told from three third-person viewpoints Áed’s, Ronan (Áed’s teenage ward and heir) and Eamon who is not so secretly in love with Áed.

I really enjoyed the intrigue, deception and some of the twists in the book, The world-building is as expected for the genre but is well detailed and each of the faerie courts has its unique characters and traits but all of them are devious.

The interaction between Aed and Ronan, I think, still forms the heart of the book and it was nice to find that Aed still considers Ronan as his heir. The blossoming romance between Aed and Eamon was slow and sweet.

My only negative is that I didn’t really like Erin and she still hadn’t grown on me by the end of the book.She felt a bit too stereotypical-snappy but with a heart of gold and felt out of place. But I found the women Neasa and Fionnula, the women of the Bone Court were much more interesting especially Neasa.Neasa has to be one of the more compelling characters I have read recently-a mother who doesn’t unconditionally love her child.

While you can read The Wild Court without having read The Hidden King, I would recommend reading this book first to really enjoy Áed’s growth for an orphan from the streets to a King who would risk anything for his people

Content Warning

References to domestic abuse

About the Author


E.G. Radcliff IS A PART-TIME pooka and native of the Unseelie Court. She collects acorns, glass beads, and pretty rocks, and the crows outside her house know her as She Who Has Bread.
Her Coming of Áed fantasy series was crafted in the dead of night after offering sacrifices of almonds and red wine to the writing-block deities.
You can reach her by scrying bowl, carrier pigeon, or @egradcliff on social media

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