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Cold Hillside [PDF / Epub] ✅ Cold Hillside By Nancy Baker – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk “With them there are no happy endings”In the remote city of Lushan they know that the Fey are not fireside tales but a dangerous realityGenerations ago the last remnants of a dying empire bargaine “With them there are no happy endings”In the remote city of Lushan they know that the Fey are not fireside tales but a dangerous realityGenerations ago the last remnants of a dying empire bargained with the Faerie ueen for a place of safety in the mountains and each year the ruler of Lushan must travel to the high plateau to pay the city’s tribute When an unexpected misfortune means that the traditional price is not met the ueen demands the services of Teresine once a refugee slave and now advisor to the Sidiana Teresine must navigate the treacherous politics of the Faerie Court where the ueen’s will determines reality and mortals are merely pawns in an eternal struggle for powerYears later another young woman faces an unexpected decision that forces her to discover the truth of what happened to Teresine in the Faerie Court a truth that could threaten everything she loves.

10 thoughts on “Cold Hillside

  1. Wanda Wanda says:

    Cold Hillside could have been written especially for me It has so many things that just make me happy There’s a dark somewhat threatening atmosphere The chapters alternate between two related women telling their tales and the reader gets to fit the pieces together In the background are the Fay—and they’re not the cute perky fairies of Disney No Baker goes back to European fairy tales and produces a Fairy ueen who is powerful unpredictable threatening and unknowable Most in the fairy realm don’t understand why she does things and we mere mortals must acknowledge that we are only guessing about her motivations There is a definite hostility towards humanityI must confess that I had guessed one of the plot secrets uite early on but that did not detract in any way from my enjoyment of the process of the reveal It may actually have enhanced it as Baker played with the characters eventually letting them know all the details too I think the reader is expected to see it and enjoy watching Lilit struggle to find the knowledge that she needs And Teresine is a much stronger woman than I am—I would have knuckled under much uicker than she both at the Fairy Court and on return to LushanBaker’s writing was beautiful and skillful The story was dark and melancholic The ending left me with uestions I adore all of those things I will definitely be seeking out of Baker’s fiction

  2. Denny Denny says:

    Review I've compiled a list of fiction with the fairies I love1the king of elflands daughter 19242lud in the mist 19263the last born of elvinwood 19784little big 19815lyonesse suldrens garden 19836the green pearl 19857madouc19908thomas the rhymer 19909photographing fairies 199210jonathan strange 11some kind of fairy tale201212cuckoos song 2014 I've now added a new one to my list13cold hillside Nancy baker

  3. Althea Ann Althea Ann says:

    It's been a while since I encountered a book that I consciously found myself trying to read slowly because I just didn't want to find my time in the author's world to be over but 'Cold Hillside' did thisIn presentation I was reminded a bit of both Pauline Gedge and Guy Gavriel Kay two of my favorite authors Like those writers here Baker eases us into a lovely culturally rich but sometimes harsh world The story encompasses both the higher echelons of court politics and those uotidian dramas and decisions that can mean the world to those they affectThere are two narrators Teresine and her great niece LilitLilit is a typical teenager willful and rebellious She can't understand why her mother is so opposed to her going to the annual Fair the one time when the people of her country see and trade with those of Faerie But now that she's become an apprentice jewelry crafter her mother's word is no longer law Lilit's trying to find her place in the world as an adult but a drunken encounter at a tavern with a handsome young man who coyly hints at having a trace of Fey blood may lead to Lilit having to make adult decisions sooner than she was expecting Her society has very harsh rules and customs concerning the Fey which give her choices greater weightTeresine is treasured by Lilit who loves her like a grandmother but the past has always been something the older woman has refused to speak of In her chapters we learn what happened to her as a young woman Sold by her parents into slavery she escapes as a refugee and is brought north 'adopted' as a confidante to the heiress to the throne With difficulty Teresine negotiates a new life new customs and the politics of a new land And once her position leads her to a dangerous obligation a venture into the forbidden court of the FeyThis is a rather slow moving deliberate book Information is gradually revealed carefully presented The characters are finely drawn I found myself fully involved in the lives of these two very different women separated by generations and life experiences but bound by bonds of love and blood The depiction of Faerie is truly fey magical and alien and threads of Faerie entwine throughout the story but the main focus remains the very human decisions that Teresine and Lilit must make Beautiful book Highly recommendedMany many thanks to Netgalley and ChiZine for the opportunity to discover this author As always my opinions are unaffected by the source of the material

  4. Elena Linville Elena Linville says:

    The original of this review is posted on my blogWith Cold Hillside Nancy Baker managed to step away from the fae stereotype plaguing most of recent fantasy and paranormal books who depict a romanticized version of the fair folk beautiful mysterious and a good romantic interest for the protagonist Nancy Baker depicts a whole other version of the fae which is much closer to the original legends and could be summarized by one sentenceWith them there are no happy endingsYes they are beautiful but so is a coral snake or a poisonous flower and both will kill you without pity or remorse They are mysterious and alien and immortal yes They also consider us mortals as toys Fascinating sometimes but easily broken and discarded I like this depiction of the fae better maybe because that's how they were portrayed in the fairy tales I grew up with But the fae are not the only reason I gave this book five stars A book would be nothing without engaging characters and an interesting story and Cold Hillside has both in heaps Because while the fae are present in the book and have an important influence on the events this story is about the mortal people I loved the depiction of Lushan this big city clinging to the cold side of a mountain and whose inhabitants still manage to thrive in these unforgiving conditions You can see that a lot of work had gone into creating this cold and unforgiving world and the culture of the people who live in it But it's masterfully inserted into the story itself so that it never feels like an info dump Lushan reminded me a little of Tibet while Deshiniva where Teresine is from would be like India Speaking of Teresine and the other protagonist in this book her great grandniece Lilith it's rare that we get truly strong women as protagonists so this book was an absolute treat Way too often I have come across strong heroines that constantly needed rescued by their male love interests Or who were totally rude and lacking basic social skills Both Teresine and Lilith are strong and self sufficient women the way I like them they don't rely on others to deal with their problems; they don't waste time on bemoaning the unfairness of their condition; they accept the conseuences of the often dire situations they find themselves in and manage to adapt and survive and even carve a little bit of happiness and inner peace in the process It was refreshing to see them struggle and sometimes fail but always get back up and keep on fighting And it was refreshing to see the fae depicted not as good or bad but just totally differentAnd I won't say another word about the story of Cold Hillside because I want to avoid spoilers and because the unraveling of the story is part of the delightful experience that is this book But I would say that it's definitely worth picking up for your holiday readsPS This review is for the advanced copy of the book I received from NetGalley

  5. Mauoijenn Mauoijenn says:

    NetGalley book reviewI blame my head cold drug induced self because I can not for the life of me understand this book It was out there I might try reading it again here real soon maybe But what I remember it was interesting

  6. Nichole Nichole says:

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley What started off slow to me ended up being one of the best books that I have read in a long time I just couldn't wait to read about the life of Teresine and her mortal interactions with the Fae I could picture the faery ueen's court and all the surrounding lands This book is amazing

  7. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    Cold Hillsideby Nancy BakerIntroductionNancy Baker ends her long break from writing with a novel in a different genre Genre Intended audienceFantasy teen or adultNarrationShifting Teresine 1st person relating her past; Lilit 3rd person past tense current storyCharacters
Teresine a foreign born womanLilit Teresine’s 17 year old grandnieceSarit Sidiana ueenleader of Lushan; a friend of Teresine’sRaziel Sarit’s younger sister and successorAmaris Teresine’s niece Lilit’s motherVeradis the Faerie ueenDaen half mortal Championlover to VeradisMany others listed in a helpful appendixSettingA fictional worldThemeLove and familyPlotThe stories of Teresine and her grandniece Lilit are interwoven in the remote mountain city of Lushan Each year the Sidiana the city’s ruler travels to the high plateau to host the annual fair and pay tribute to the Faerie ueen Young Lilit wants to attend but Teresine doesn’t want her anywhere near the Faerie Euskalans citizens of Lushan see the Faerie as dangerous and untrustworthy so much so that they subject their children to an iron test to prove their humanity Teresine has her own treacherous history with the FaerieAbout the AuthorNancy Baker is the author of three vampire novels recently re released in e book format Find out on Goodreads or the author’s website OpinionI count this novel as a hidden gem because it’s one of my 2015 top ten yet it has few reviews on Nancy Baker’s vampire series is one of my favorites so I jumped on this book as soon as I heard she had written something new Cold Hillside is a different sort of story in a different genre but Ms Baker brings her signature lyrical writing to the gameIf you are looking for an action packed adventure or an epic fantasy this is not that story Cold Hillside is at its heart simply the story of two women Aging Teresine decides to record her life and the resulting tale intertwined with Lilit’s coming of age story was nearly impossible to put down I was sucked in from the first chapter Ms Baker’s immense talent in character voice uickly makes the story an immersive experience Chapters alternate between Teresine an old woman nearing the end of her life and focused on the past and Lilit who is rooted in the present The author doesn’t waste time on exposition or world building explanations It is all there — a rich culture and complex world — but it is shown through the character’s eyes and revealed through the storyIn addition to the detailed and well grounded world of Lushan Ms Baker paints an exuisite portrait of the Faerie Court The inhabitants are blindingly beautiful but petty and cruel Veradis the Faerie ueen is terrifying and cunning Everything about the Faerie world is cold and foreboding The result is a haunting and memorable storyThis novel made my top 10 list for 2015 and I give it a strong five star rating I recommend it without reservation to all fantasy fans

  8. Wise_owl Wise_owl says:

    It has been a long wait for another novel from one of my favourite authors Nancy Baker and it pleases me to no end to be able to say it was well worth itCold Hillside is the tale of a people who live in a vaguely Bhutan like nation A people nestled in high mountains refugee's from some former fallen empire Their Matriarchal culture is combined with their ritual relationship with the Fey Court which provides for part of their economy but also shapes much of their culturethe wearing of Iron the ringing of City Gates with Iron elaborate rituals with regards children to guide against mixture with the fey and changelings etc The book is broken down into two parallel stories separated by two generationsIn the first Lilit is a young woman just coming into herself Finally able to escape the over bearing power of her mother a woman who has worked her way up towards the leadership of their clan she goes to the Fey Fair after having been prevented by her mother in previous years Here strange events unfold which lead her to examine her past and what it means for her presentThis is paralleled with a sort of confessional from Teresine Lilit's Great Aunt A Dark skinned woman from a some what distant land She ran away from the slavery into which her parents had sold her and found herself trained as a sort of nun and confident of the nobility of the city She goes through explaining her life including a set of catastrophes that led to her having to go to the fey court and fulfill an obligationBaker's strength as a writer has always been a combination of characterization that makes you care for her characters and an ability to describe the unworldly and alien in both frightening and believable ways The Fey of this book have characteristics similar to other representations; elaborate court rituals intense personalities decadent sensuality Yet they are horribly alien There are no happy endings with the Fey is a warning given early on one forgotten at your cost You would count yourself fortunate to never encounter one of these fey let alone their court Through all the fantasy trappings however this is a story of coming to terms with your past About the flaws and errors that effect us all because of our humanity and how the past speaks to the present I loved it and it would highly recommend it to just about anyone

  9. Costi Gurgu Costi Gurgu says:

    Cold Hillside was a very pleasant surprise Much in the fashion of Stephen King Nancy Baker takes a well beaten literary path and turns it into something new and shiny It is a rare talent for a writer to take an old subject and make it original again A new world of possibilities opened where until yesterday we believed everything has already been said The Fey at the hand of Nancy Baker proved to still be a fresh and exciting subjectIf you add to that a talent of creating convincing characters with which the reader can easily empathize you have a writer of a big caliber for whom I envision big accomplishments

  10. KellyAnn KellyAnn says:

    I'm glad I eventually got round to reading this despite having only a couple of days left before it expired on my adobe digital editions I sat up rather late and finished it just in time It started a little slow but once I was acuainted with the two main female characters and world I was engrossed This is not one of those action packed fast paced fantasy novels but slower detailed and character based with a slightly historical fairy tale feel to it I also appreciated the 'realistic' otherworldly and less romanticised portrayal of the Fae The only minor issue I had was the anti climatic open ending to the younger character Lilit's story other than her finding out about her great aunt's past her story didn't really go anywhere and I would have liked something bigger to have happened or at least of a confrontation with the Fae or her motherI'd love to read books by Nancy Baker set in this world or not and part of the reason I originally reuested this on NetGalley was I remembered reading and liking her uite dark and not particularly romantic vampire novel 'The Dark Inside' when I was about 14 ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley

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