I just finished reading Spell Hunter (Faery Rebels #1) by R. J. Anderson for an Around the World Tour.
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 this is a story directed at younger teens, which I don't normally read. But I really enjoyed this story. It was sweet, and had just the right amount of tension for the younger crowd.
I liked Knife (well except for her name). She seemed like a mysterious little faery. I like that she was curious and open to the outside world. And I like the way that the human, Paul, was brought into the story and the interaction that he had with Knife. Then there was always the guessing of whether the faery queen was good or bad. I kept going back and forth until we find out the truth at the end.
I think this is an interesting series and I look forward to reading the next one, Wayfarer.
I gave this book a rating of 4/5.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 52
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 38
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.