Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Spell Hunter by R.J. Anderson

"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." -Goodreads.com

Overall: 5/5

It took me a really long time to get around to reading this one. A huge part of it was that the author posted the first chapter before the book came out, and I read it. It's not that the first chapter wasn't good, but it was the beginning of the story and started out with a nine or ten year old protaganist. Having nothing else to go on (the synopsis doesn't really say anything about age), I assumed that the entire story would be told from the view of a rebellious ten year old. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I just don't really get into middle-grade novels anymore. Not since I was in middle school myself, really.

But I did read it, eventually. And thank goodness the first chapter was the only one with such a young character telling the story. By the end of the second chapter, I was hooked. The story was exciting and the characters engaging. A very fun and enjoyable read.

Characters: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Ending: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Cover: 2/5 (UK Cover: 5/5)
Happy Factor: 5/5

Other books by R.J. Anderson: Wayfarer (June 2010)

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