Faery Rebels by R.J. Anderson
Release Date: April 28, 2009
Age Group: Young Adult/10+
As the Faery Queen’s appointed Hunter, Knife alone has the courage and skill to fight the crows and other predators who threaten the Oakenfolk’s survival. Yet neither she nor the Queen can do anything to stop a mysterious magical disease from claiming the faeries of the Oak one by one.
But there are humans at the bottom of the garden, and a glimpse inside their House convinces Knife that they have powers and knowledge that could help her people. Still, if the human world has so much to offer, why is the Queen determined to keep the faeries away from it? Is there a connection between the House and the Oakenfolk’s loss of magic? And why is Knife so drawn to the young Paul McCormick — that strangest of creatures, a human male?
Knife determines to learn the truth about the Oakenfolk’s relationship to humanity, no matter what the Queen might do to prevent her — a quest which threatens the growing friendship between herself and Paul, puts both their lives in jeopardy, and challenges everything Knife has ever believed about humans, faeries, and her own heart’s desire. And when at last Knife discovers the secret the Faery Queen has been hiding, she is forced to make an agonizing choice between love and freedom that will change her life, and the lives of her people, forever.
Another fantastic debut novel! This book was just full of awesomeness. I absolutely loved reading it! The plot was something totally different, which was beyond refreshing! No faery courts, good vs. evil, life sized fae in the book. This is the type of faeries that I had always imagined hiding amongst flowers.
The characters were extraordinary. Knife was so fascinating. Such a complex character. She really made this novel. And the secondary characters were just as outstanding. They were almost as complex as Knife herself, constantly my views of them changing.
And the writing. This was one of those books that I didn’t realize I was actually reading. Anderson created this world and I was just completely captivated by it. Excellent imagery and Knife’s voice, it couldn’t have been more authentic. Well, as authentic as you can be for a faery!
I will definitely be buying a copy of this one for my personal library. If you’re looking for a great book to read this summer. Pick this one up!