Thursday, August 04, 2011
Thea Harrison: Dark Fae, Light Fae—What’s the Difference?
For those who are new to the series, in the Elder Races universe, there are seven demesnes of Elder Races that overlay the human geography of the continental United States. The seat of Elven power is based in Charleston, South Carolina. The Nightkind, which includes all Vampyric forms, controls the San Francisco/Bay area along with the Pacific Northwest and the human witches, considered part of the Elder Races due to their command of magical Power, are based in Louisville, Kentucky. Demonkind, like the Wyr and the Nightkind, consist of several different types that include Goblins and Djinn, and their seat is based in Houston.
The other two demesnes belong to the Dark Fae and the Light Fae. The Dark Fae’s demesne is centered in Chicago, and the Light Fae is based in Los Angeles. Both races are Fae, which is to say they share certain characteristics in common—they are magical and long-lived, and they have long elegantly pointed ears and a certain similarity in bone structure.
But aside from geographical and political differences, the Dark and Light Fae also have other strong differences as well. The Dark Fae are black-haired, with pale skin and gray eyes, and they often have a gift for metallurgy. The Light Fae are a blond, charismatic race, with either blue or green eyes, and they have an aversion to iron.
Storm’s Heart is book two in the Elder Races series. This story focuses on Tricks and Tiago, who were first introduced in Dragon Bound. Tiago is the Wyr warlord and sentinel. Tricks, who for many years has worked as the head of PR for Cuelebre Enterprises, is actually Niniane Lorelle, heir to the Dark Fae throne. Tricks and Tiago take a journey that delves deep into the heart of the Dark Fae, as Tricks confronts her painful past and claims her rightful heritage, and both she and Tiago come to recognize and claim each other as mates.