April 24, 2010

Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter (R.J. Anderson) Review

Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books (April 28, 2009)
Hardcover: 327 pages

Deep inside the great Oak lies a dying faery realm, bursting with secrets instead of magic. Long ago the faeries mysteriously lost their magic. Robbed of their powers, they have become selfish and dull-witted. Now their numbers are dwindling and their very survival is at stake.

Only one young faery—Knife—is determined to find out where her people's magic has gone and try to get it back. Unlike her sisters, Knife is fierce and independent. She's not afraid of anything—not the vicious crows, the strict Faery Queen, or the fascinating humans living nearby. But when Knife disobeys the Faery Queen and befriends a human named Paul, her quest becomes more dangerous than she realizes. Can Knife trust Paul to help, or has she brought the faeries even closer to the brink of destruction? (Source)
SPELL HUNTER, by R.J. Anderson, was a faery story like no other. Anderson created an amazing world full of fantasy right in our own backyard.

This book was unlike any other fey book I have read thus far. Anderson went a different direction from main stream fey and produced an amazing story. The faeries portrayed in this book were scared and lost with only a Queen to look after them after all their magic disappeared mysteriously. It only took a spark of imagination to get the ball rolling in figuring out what happened to their magic and how to get it back.

I really enjoyed the plot of this book.  I thought it was a great concept and I was excited to see what journey Knife would undertake. The characters were very unique. Some were stuck on the idea that humans caused their magic to disappear and others had more human qualities that made me think that the influence of humans might not be a bad thing. I adored Knife and her curiosity for the world outside the Oak, and her and Paul made a great team.

Overall this was a great read, and I am excited to read the next book, Wayfarer.


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