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Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 28, 2009
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"A highly readable, sophisticated tale of romance and self-sacrifice. Readers will hope for more from this talented new author." (ALA Booklist )
"Anderson crafts lore-true characters in our modern world. I was overjoyed to find this gem." (Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of WICKED LOVELY )
"Anderson creates a fascinating world. This compelling story is full of adventure and mystery." (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) )
"Anderson is a gifted writer with a sure touch for both characterization and plot, and Knife is an absolutely fantastic protagonist - fiercely independent and curious. This book is a page-turning romp." (Romantic Times )
"FAERY REBELS: SPELL HUNTER has the charm of Mary Norton's THE BORROWERS and the edge of Holly Black's TITHE." (Megan Whalen Turner, author of the Newbery Honor Book THE THIEF )
"Knife is just my kind of heroine-strong and independent, with a huge helping of curiosity to get her into trouble, and the bravery and intelligence to get out of trouble again and again." (Patricia C. Wrede, author of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles )
"Pure pleasure.... A particularly charming, well-drawn romantic thriller. Highly Recommended." (The Times (London) )
"Readers will be racing through the pages right along with Knife to discover the fate of her world and her love." (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books )
"This is the best kind of fantasy: a book that makes faeries wonderfully real and maybe even living in our own backyards." (Sarah Prineas, author of THE MAGIC THIEF )
Top Customer Reviews
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Go Outside, kill animals, and bring them back to the Oakenwyld to be used as food and fur blankets. But ever since Knife saw a human for the first time, she's wanted to know more. Injured in battle, Knife is nursed back to health by Paul McCormick, a human who's also benefiting from Knife's company.
If the faeries knew more about humans, their ideas and technology, maybe the Oakenfolk wouldn't be dying out. But the Queen forbids them to make contact with humans, and Knife investigates why, with the help of some secret diaries, faery allies...and Paul.
This novel charmed the pants off me, quite surprising as I'm usually not keen on faeries and/or magic in my reading. Though rather chaste, the novel's references to suicide and drug overdose may not be suitable for some children, but for older readers they provide a refreshingly mature - and realistic - viewpoint.
The friendship between Knife and Paul, how they help each other's creativity and deal with their worlds (both separate and together), is a key point, and might break through your emotional barrier as it did mine.
*Caution: This review mentions a few plot points that some will consider spoilery.*
Faery Rebels - Spellhunter introduces us to a small group of faeries living in a tree in the human populated countryside. The faeries, all of whom are female, almost never leave their tree, have little to no magic and, in a very unfaerylike manner, seem to have no natural harmony with nature. Long ago, the mysterious "Sundering" took their magic from them. They exist now with little kindness or affection between them and no creativity. They do not know if other faeries still exist in the world and, at first glance, do not appear to be trying to find out.
One of the youngest among them is Bryony, a curious child who grows into a brave young woman and is chosen to be the Queen's hunter. When she is so appointed by Queen Amaryllis, who rules the group, Bryony takes the name Knife.
Just outside the large oak tree that contains this dying colony is a human house where a couple live with their son, Paul. Knife and Paul had a brief near-encounter when they were very young. They have not seen each other since, but shortly after Paul is paralyzed in an accident, they meet up - and officially meet - again. Paul has come home to recuperate - or not. He is bitter, is taking things out on his parents and is not much interested in living.
I was about half way through Faery Rebels - Spellhunter before I began to find it somewhat interesting. Anderson has crafted a rather unique take on faeries and their place in the world. Unfortunately, it turns out her take isn't one I'm much interested in learning more about. I didn't like their depressing existence, their glumness or how they were ruled.Read more ›
What I loved most was the way the relationship grew between Knife and Paul and the way the characters needed each other and grew. I loved the messages in this book and the pictures of sacrificial love.
Beyond all that I loved the oak tree. I wish they'd make this one into a movie. Great story.
Bryony is a faery who has spent her short life longing to leave the Oak tree that forms the boundary of her people's world. The only faeries allowed out in the wild at all are the Gatherers who are sent out to forage for food and the Queen's own hunter--a faery trained to hunt and protect the Oakenfolk and the fragile existence they have carved out for themselves. When she is summoned before the Queen, Bryony is stunned and elated to hear she is to be the new assistant to the Queen's hunter. Proving herself extraordinarly skilled, she changes her name to Knife and determines she will not only protect and provide for her people but discover why they are slowly dying out, unearth their mysterious and forbidden connection with humans, and discover why she is drawn to the stone House on the hill and to the unhappy boy named Paul who lives there.
What makes this story unique is the world R.J. Anderson has created. These faeries are unusual in several ways. They are tiny, much smaller than humans, and are therefore constantly in danger outside of the Oak.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read a lot of faery fantasy, and this was such a fresh take, full of delightful, compelling characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kathleen MacMillan
I really liked this story. It was romantic, sweet, heart breaking,......all in one. Not what I thought it was going to be. I really liked the character Paul. Read morePublished on March 26, 2014 by 224perweek
I loved the love story and mystery and the plot was very cool. I loved the idea of Paul and Knife too.Published on September 29, 2013 by Tracey
I thought when I started reading this book that perhaps this was just a young adult book. Then I found myself enjoying the story, and looking forward to sitting down to read. Read morePublished on June 6, 2013 by Kindle Customer
In the book of 'Knife' the faery realm of Oakenwyld is dying and magic is gone, no one knows why and no one knows who is responsible. Read morePublished on July 7, 2012 by Taylor C
I love the cover to this book, it is just so pretty! It was the reason I picked this book up to start with. Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by Dierdra McGill
Why I read this: To be honest, I've been dying to read this one for a while. I'm a huge fan of Faerie books and try to read them religiously. Read morePublished on August 6, 2011 by Kristen M. Harvey
I loved this book so very, very much. It was full of wonderful characters and a rich story full of depth and layers. Read morePublished on April 24, 2011 by Laura Josephsen
Inside the Great Oak, a generation of faeries are dying and they don't know why. Knife, hunter for the Great Oak, is determined to find out. Read morePublished on February 11, 2011 by Novel Teen