Mystic Adventures

Posted July 18, 2010 in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Mystic AdventuresWayfarer by R. J. Anderson
Also by this author: Spell Hunter
Series: Faery Rebels #2
Also in this series: Spell Hunter
Genres: Young Adult
Published by HarperTeen on June 22, 2010
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
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In a time of deadly crisis, Linden alone has the power to save her people.

The faeries of the Oak are in danger of extinction, and their only hope for survival rests in fifteen-year-old Linden. Armed with the last of her people's magic, she travels bravely into the modern human world. Along the way she makes a reluctant ally—a human boy named Timothy.

Soon Linden and Timothy discover a danger much worse than the Oakenfolk's loss of magic: a potent evil that threatens to enslave faeries and humans alike. In a fevered, desperate chase across the country, Tim and Linden must risk their lives to seek an ancient power before it's too late to save everyone they love.

R. J. Anderson has artfully crafted a world of stunning magic, thrilling adventure, and delicate beauty, where the key to the future is in an unexpected, forbidden friendship.

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Cover Thoughts
Though it differs from the drawing of the first book of the series it still captures the wonder and fantasy of the story. It breaths life and a realness to the story. I enjoy the softness of the background bringing the focus to the model. I think this is a good cover, one that will capture peoples attention.

Review

This is the second installment of R. J. Anderson’s faerie story featuring Knife’s adoptive daughter Linden who faces the slow destruction of her home with its loss of magic and the presence of a new enemy. I really enjoyed the added adventure and danger as we dwell deeper into the faery realm, coming across new friends an deadlier enemies. Linden’s journey oustside of the Oak in search of more faeries and a solution to bring back their magic was very engaging and exciting. I never knew what would happen next and whether Linden and Timothy would find what they were looking for or even survive the journey! Loved the higher stakes and drama Anderson created with new faeries and more information on their history and powers. The characters were well written, each having their own personality.  They each had their own internal and external struggles to deal with outside of the main plot that really added another layer of depth to the story as a whole. I understood Linden’s character and her actions at having to deal with this huge responsibility thrust upon her. Timothy’s character was a nice addition adding a different perspective to the story and adding conflict within the story through his and Linden friendship. I enjoyed their interaction with each other as well as the appearance of past characters Paul and Knife (though she goes by her given name in this book).

Anderson’s writing was clear and easy to follow. I appreciated her telling the story from both Timothy’s and Linden’s point of view. I really got to understand what they were both going through in their lives and how similar and different those lives were. Their voices flowed within the story not leaving me with any disconnection or confusion between the the two. This is a tale of fantasy with magic and faeries woven together so generously that it captured me from beginning to end.  With all the highs and lows and all the danger, I felt like I was on the ride right alongside Linden and Timothy. This was a clearly enjoyable read for me and I can’t wait for more!

4 Stars

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