Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter
by R.J. Anderson
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:
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
Rebecca LuElla Miller
New Authors Fellowship
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
*In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a complimentary review copy of this title from HarperCollins Publishers.