Release Date: April 28, 2009
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Faery Rebels #1
Received From: Around the World Tours
Forget everything you think you know about faeries. . . .
Creatures full of magic and whimsy?
Not in the Oakenwyld. Not anymore.
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?
Talented newcomer R. J. Anderson creates an extraordinary new fantasy world and weaves a gripping tale of lost magic, high adventure, and surprising friendship in which the fate of an entire realm rests on the shoulders of one brave faery rebel.
I think a little tiny (Faery sized) part of me was expecting to not like Spell Hunter by R.J. Anderson. I read books about fairies all the time right? Yes, but they are usually human sized. Somewhere in the back of my mind I was thinking, “How much can I really like a book about tiny faeries?”. Now I have a answer to that question and it’s a lot actually.
Spell Hunter is the story of Knife, a faery determined to find out how all the faeries that live in the Oak lost their magic. To find this out she must get closer to the humans she was raised to fear and disobey the Queen’s orders.
There are-what seems like-1 million faery books out there. It’s hard to stay original and unique. R.J. Anderson has written a book that is not only both of those things but compelling also. I wanted to find out the history behind the Oak as much as Knife did. So I had a very hard time putting this book down.
Speaking of Knife! What a kick a** little faery! She really brought the story to life. She was brave and adventuresome. Everything that you want a tiny faery to be!
All in all I was surprisingly pleased with Spell Hunter. The writing was excellent. The characters were engaging. And the mystery kept me turning pages. I can’t wait to read Wayfarer!
Check out my review of book two: Wayfarer by R.J. Anderson