Eddi McCandry has just left her boyfriend and their band when she finds herself running through the Minneapolis night, pursued by a sinister man and a huge, terrifying dog. The two creatures are one and the same: a phouka, a faerie being who has chosen Eddi to be a mortal pawn in the age-old war between the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Eddi isn't interested--but she doesn't have a choice. Now she struggles to build a new life and new band when she might not even survive till the first rehearsal.
War for the Oaks won the Locus Magazine award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Society Award. Other books by Emma Bull include the novels Falcon, Bone Dance (second honors, Philip K. Dick Award), Finder (a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award), and (with Stephen Brust) Freedom and Necessity; the collection Double Feature (with Will Shetterly); and the picture book The Princess and the Lord of Night. --Cynthia Ward
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What a great book! Loved the personality of the characters and the story. Loved the descriptions, they really painted great pictures, without being excessive. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Ingrid Zea
Pros: High-quality writing. The personalities of the character come through excellently.
Cons: Story and plot. Read more
WAR FOR THE OAKS is about mortals inadvertently involving themselves in a war between fairy forces in the Twin Cities. It is often called a classic of Urban Fantasy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christopher Twelvetrees
A wonderfully elegant foray into the confluence of two worlds, that of a modern-day bard and her band, and the whimsy and terror of the Fae. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Johnson
Decent considering when it was written. The heroine is a bit bland, but everyone still seems to fall in love with her for no real reason that I could discern.Published 2 months ago by Darth_J_Schmader
Neal Stephenson killed Cyberpunk. I know that's a weird way to open a review of a classic fantasy book but bear with me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tim Lieder
Faerie culture meets contemporary New York band. Gotta love it. Emma Bull has an excellent grasp of motivation and emotional process. Great read.Published 3 months ago by Carol Dyer
An excellent fantasy book. The character are well written and the plot keeps you enthralled.Published 4 months ago by Dave A. Simpson