March 22, 2010

Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter

Faery Rebels:  Spell Hunter
by R.J. Anderson

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Recommended Age:  10+

Let me begin by stating that although the old adage about what not to judge a book by is ever-present in my mind, the cover is inescapably the first information one receives about a book.  If I had been in a book store, I may have just passed it by with the impression that it was a bit juvenile for my taste, and I would have been sadly mistaken...

The story opens with a peek into the faery world of the Oak, and a particularly spirited faery named Bryony.  As the only youth in the Oak, Bryony feels a certain restlessness that fuels her first forbidden encounter with a human boy. 

Years later, scared back into following the rules by a deadly sickness called the Silence that has been striking faeries for the last hundred years or so, Bryony is finally appointed to her faery profession.  Newfound freedom rekindles Bryony's passion for discovering the truth about the world, not only in the Oakenwyld, but beyond as well.  Through a series of excursions outside the Oak, Bryony encounters several natural dangers that creatures as small as faeries must face.  Against the faery queen's orders, Bryony, once again, gives in to her curiosity about the strange creatures in the House nearby - humans.

It is her disregard for rules, passion for truth, and willingness to take risks that earns Bryony her new name:  Knife.  Along with her new name, Knife gains new understanding about her people's history, the terrible act called the Sundering that robbed all future generations of faeries of their creativity, and the Silence that has claimed yet another faery life. 

In her quest for knowlege, Knife gains an unlikely friend and ally in Paul, the now-teenage human boy she had once encountered.  Through this friendship, we see the complexities of Knife's unique position evidence themselves.  She has several decisions to make, but will she choose duty over adventure?  And what of love?  Was her race ever able to love anyone other than themselves?  Through one faery's actions, the future of a race is decided.


Tune in tomorrow for Day Two of the CSFF Blog Tour when I'll give my personal opinions on Faery Rebels:  Spell Hunter.  In the mean time, please check out what other tour participants have to say by clicking a link below.

CSFF Blog Tour Participants:

Amy Browning
Melissa Carswell
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Timothy Hicks
Jason Isbell
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Rebecca LuElla Miller
New Authors Fellowship
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Crista Richey
Chawna Schroeder
Andrea Schultz
James Somers
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
KM Wilsher


*In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a complimentary review copy of this title from HarperCollins Publishers.


KM Wilsher said...

Nice set up, can't wait to see what you have to say tomorrow!

Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

I agree--you did a wonderful job introducing the story!

Amy Browning said...

Thanks ladies! I can't wait to read your own reviews.

R.J. Anderson said...

Thanks for these insightful and detailed posts! I appreciate you participating in the blog tour and the time you took to read and think about the book and its cover (and its author!).

Amy Browning said...

Wow - thanks for stopping by Ms. Anderson!!! I'm truly honored. I look forward to being able to review Wayfarer later this year!

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