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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I love this book. Since I first read it in 1992, it's been a favorite, and has become THE book I read once a year. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Becky Sparks
Emma Bull has a turn of phrase that just pulls you in and keeps you reading far past your bedtime.Published 3 months ago by Karen L. Abrahamson
This was my first foray into the urban fantasy genre. Mainly, I picked it up because I love Minneapolis, and the book, although decades removed from the city I live in now,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by MP Johnson
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 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 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 6 months ago by Darth_J_Schmader