Fediverse, help me out: in middle school (~2001) I *loved* a series of books and I now remember almost nothing about them and can't find them. I vaguely remember the characters and plots were different in each one, but that it involved people finding their way into faery (which was the only consistent thing between books, I think) and that they always ended in unresolved cliff hangers. (1/n)
In one the characters were hiding from some sort of peril and were being offered protection in a safe city. For some reason though they thought that the payment for entering the city was to give up all free will (similar to the city in "A Wrinkle in Time"). In the end they decide it's worth the risk and go down to the city, and then it ends and you have no idea if whatever it was they thought would happen actually does or if it was some sort of trap.
I have a few other vague images of a horseman (possibly the messenger from the city in the one I was attempting to describe) who may or may not have been headless and the queen of faery living on the opposite shore of a windy lake, but I doubt that sort of thing will be much help if it's even related at all.
Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I'm pretty sure the book I was describing is Andre Norton’s "Here Abide Monsters" and at least one of the others I read was "Moon of Three Rings" (which I'm pretty sure was my favorite of the 3 or 4 books by her our library had). Now to start scouring paperback stores and local libraries.
@EdS weird, I have never heard of this site before but I just stumbled upon a post about it not 30 minutes ago. Thanks for the recommendation. Unfortunately I'm rather averse to signing up for accounts on things, especially if it's just for one off use, but I have been wanting to know what these things were for a long time, so maybe it's worth it…
@sam if you're ok with reddit, there's a subreddit r/whatsthatbook that... Idk. They're magic?? I posted about a book from the 90s and got the answer within 30mins.
Oh cool, I'm not on Reddit myself but maybe I'll abuse a brand account to ask… thanks!
Could it have been Greg Bear's "Songs of Earth and Power" series?
@christa I don't think so, nothing in these descriptions is ringing a bell anyways, but thanks anyways! I'm starting to think I'm just imagining this from ma few fragments of other books.
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