The Fae themselves are divided into two factions: Amalur's Seelie Fae or Summer Fae oversee the cycles of life and renewal, while the Unseelie
Fae or Winter Fae are aligned to the process of death and decay.
Here, war rages between the fairies of the Seelie and Unseelie
When she is captured by wingless cowboy fairy Yarlo, however, she learns that he and his companions are free fairies, escaped from the evil Unseelie
kingdom that rules from under-the-sea headquarters.
Certainly for most sensible secular scientific-minded people, to say that our era's close encounters are of the same type as encounters with the unseelie
court of faerie is to say that they are all equally imaginary, proceeding from internalised fancies and hallucinatory substances and late-night wrong turns, plus some common evolved subconscious that fears shape-shifting tricksters in modern Nevada no less than in the mists around Ben Bulben.
Swaim layers magical powers and fae conflicts between the Seelie and Unseelie
Courts to the realistic teen angst in Brielle and her roommate, Pamie.
faerie and former love interest Reth supplies the dark side of affection while shapeshifter and captive Lend captivates Evie who longs for a normal life.
Even in what few fragments of Irish mythology have been handed down in the Irish Mythological Cycle, it is easily discernible that the mythical ancestors of the Irish people, the Tuatha De Danaan, have far more in common with Tolkien's Noldor than do the Norse alfar, the Anglo-Saxon elves, or the Scottish residents of the Seelie and Unseelie
In Hamilton's more recent Meredith Gentry series, on the other hand, the protagonist is a "Sidhe" princess descended from five fertility goddesses (Seduced 299), heir to the throne of the Unseelie
Court, but born and raised in an alternate America.
As she soon discovers, the two are one and the same: a phouka, or faerie being who has chosen Eddi to be the mortal pawn in an age-old war between the Seelie and Unseelie
She then becomes a pawn in a rival war between two distinct faerie kingdoms, the Seelie Court and the Unseelie
In the Prose Edda, elves were classified as light elves (who were fair) and dark elves (who were darker than pitch); these classifications are roughly equivalent to the Scottish seelie court and unseelie
When Taylor meets the beautiful and mysterious Lora, he has no idea who she really is--princess of the Unseelie
Court who has fled her tyrannical, dark-faerie mother on a quest to align herself with the Bright Queen and begin a rebellion to change the course of faerie history forever.