Barb Caffrey is a writer, editor, musician, and composer. She holds two degrees and is an inveterate and omnivorous reader. Her short fiction is available in Bedlam's Edge, How Beer Saved the World, and the forthcoming Stars of Darkover, while her poetry has been published in the Bearing North anthology, Joyful Online, Written Word online magazine and the Midwest Literary Review.
An Elfy on the Looseby Barb Caffrey
He's supposed to be the Watcher for his people, the representative on Earth from his dimension, but the small being known to his enemies as "Jonny-Wonny" wakes up to big trouble -- trapped in a bizarre house in Knightsville, California with humans straight out of reality TV. Jon knows that something has gone dreadfully wrong --
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One Elfy for an entire planet?
He's supposed to be the Watcher for his people, the representative on Earth from his dimension, but the small being known to his enemies as "Jonny-Wonny" wakes up to big trouble -- trapped in a bizarre house in Knightsville, California with humans straight out of reality TV. Jon knows that something has gone dreadfully wrong -- he's starving, lonely and dressed in funny clothes.
Enter the couple's ten-year-old diminutive daughter, who is "Not Daisy!" but is brilliant, sweet...and using high level magic with ease. She's also desperately in need of a friend. Insisting her name is really Sarah, and christening him Bruno, his new friend asks him how they're going to get out of there.
The only thing that comes to mind is for Bruno to ask his teacher, Roberto the Wise, for help. But Roberto's attempt at help only enmeshes all three of them further in a web of deceit and treachery.
Bruno finds out that, unfortunately, most of what he thought he knew about himself was very wrong...and much of what Sarah knows about herself is also wrong, including her age.
Worst of all, a Dark Elf is on the scene and is intent on corrupting the local Humans, including Sarah's parents.
New names, new locations, a new mission--Bruno is going to get to the bottom of all the craziness, and Sarah will be there for him every step of the way.
What people are saying:
"Barb Caffrey's An Elfy on the Loose is a fresh and unexpected take on the urban fantasy genre with a charming and original protagonist. You'll want to read this one." – Rosemary Edghill, author of Dead Reckoning, Music To My Sorrow and the Bast Mysteries.
"You will never look at a little person again without wondering..." – Katharine Eliska Kimbriel, author of the popular Night Calls series
"It took me awhile to categorize this book. Yes, it's a fantasy, but it's also something more. Then it hit me: a fantasy/mystery/thriller--that's what An Elfy on the Loose is! Filled with fascinating characters both good and evil, characters that, because of their strengths...and weaknesses...seem to come to life for the reader, and a riveting conundrum of a mystery with many facets--Why is Sarah/Daisy's house an Elfy trap, blocking magic? Who and what are Sarah's parents and why do they want to hold an Elfy captive? Why can't they tell the difference between Bruno and Roberto, his teacher? The further into An Elfy on the Loose I read, the deeper it drew me into the story. And I went eagerly!"
– Stephanie Osborn, author of the popular Displaced Detective series.
"Quick and witty, Caffrey's An Elfy on the Loose is one of those novels that grabs you and refuses to let go. Straddling a fine line between absurdity and suspense, it's a story for the ages." – Jason Cordova, author of Corruptor.
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This author is gifted in the turn off the pen. I really wish there was more he's but I'll keep waiting until the next book is released [nudge nudge]
I personally love science fiction/ fantasy books. It's one of my favorite genres and my love for SFF goes all the way back to A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. An Elfy on the Loose reminded me of A Wrinkle in Time from it's complex world-building to its intelligent dialogue. An Elfy on the Loose centers around the relationship between Bruno and Sarah, but it's so much more than just a teen romance. Barb Caffrey weaves together multi-layered characters(including Bruno, Sarah, Roberto and Dennis the Dark Elf), magic, elfs, humans and the ultimate adventure: falling in love. I laughed, cried, gasped and gripped my e-reader tightly. I was completely enthralled. I must confess, however, I did get lost a few times in the plot and the dialogue went a bit over my head at times. This isn't a bad thing as the masterful J. R. R. Tolkien's books had the same effect on me. The abrupt ending was a surprise (middle of the conversation) but I believe the sequel will pick up where this book left off. I can't wait! :)
Books shouldn’t be allowed to end with cliff-hangers like that. An Elfy on the Loose by Barb Caffrey is part of the Elfy Duology, and as the first of a two-parter, ends at a point where you are building for a big confrontation, but it hasn’t happened yet. Of course, you wouldn’t care about what happens, if she hadn’t drawn you in. But she did draw me in. The world, or should I say worlds, that Caffrey built are a good setting for the story she places in it, of which I think only a small part is actually displayed in this first part of the duology. I kept reading to find out what happened. Which doesn’t mean that I always found the reading easy going. I tried to figure why I sometimes felt labored at reading, and yet driven to continue. I think it had something to do with the dialogue. The conversations between the two main characters were a little odd sometimes, and quite extensive at the same time. It is that don’t show, tell, concept, but backwards, that my writing professors in college always pushed. I mentioned how good Caffrey’s world construction was. That is true, but its presentation, often in the extensive dialogue sections, often had a slightly mechanical sense to it. It wasn’t quite as organic as, say, the world of Tolkien’s Middle Earth. But that isn’t a fair comparison — especially of an author’s first published work against a literary masterpiece. I expect both of these elements to smooth out and get better as Caffrey works on the second part of the duology. I hope they come out sometime. I need to KNOW what is going to happen. So go pick up a copy and learn about the Elfy world — and how the plural of elf is elfs, not elves.