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? " -Book Cover
Bryony (Knife) is a young faery, her folks live in an Oak, and has been for centuries. But things aren't the same anymore. All but the Queen lost their magic, their artistic talents and some of them are dying from a weird disease called The Silence. The Oakenfolk seems content with their lives but Bryony was always a curious one and she's seeking for answers. Are humans as dangerous as her people says? How did they loose their magic? Could they get it back? Are there other faeries out in the world?
Bryony was an interesting character, curious, capable, courageous and loving. She faces many encounters on her journey and will have to take heart-breaking decisions.
Her friends were also great, all of them unique and lovable, or not so much. Some allies didn't seem like they were at first and many surprises will unfold in this fairytale.
Anderson managed to create a very well tuned-up story. Nothing happens without a reason and everything makes sense at the right time. I liked the story tone, the author captured and delivered the main character's spirit fabulously and the conspiracy atmosphere was great.
I have to say the story was somehow slow paced, but all elements were needed.
It's a great young adult story that I'm sure teens will enjoy. As an adult, even though I enjoyed the book, I found myself longing for more.
If you like faeries, make sure to pick this book, it was a very interesting look in one of the oldest myth.
Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Tween (tw); 1 edition (April 20 2009)
Book Source: Review copy provided by Harper Collins