Mystic Wonders

Posted July 7, 2010 in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Mystic WondersSpell Hunter by R. J. Anderson
Also by this author: Wayfarer
Series: Faery Rebels #1
Also in this series: Wayfarer
Genres: Young Adult
Published by HarperCollins on April 28, 2009
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
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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.

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Cover Thoughts
I like the cover drawing with all of the colors and details depicting the story. It makes me want to pick up the book and read about the story inside.

Review
Step into a mystical world of Faeries in R. J. Anderson’s new tale Spell Hunter.  With a unique tale on the well known mystical creatures, faeries, I’m gradually drawn into the life of Knife, one of the youngest faerie living in the ancient oak tree called Oakenwyld. When the faeries of the Oak are in danger of extinction from their lack of magic, Knife takes it upon herself to face the dangerous outside human world in search of a way to help her kind. Through out the journey Knife is tested in many different ways all the while learning about her self and who she wants to become.  The trials and dangers that she faces, from hungry animals to humans and even her fellow faeries had me totally engaged in the story. Though the beginning wasn’t as fast paced and straight to the point as I would have liked, I understood Anderson’s reasoning for the information that furthered the plot in the end.  Soon enough Knife was going on daring adventures and fighting for her life and the lives of her people, as well as falling in love. I enjoyed unique spin of the faerie lore that Anderson created with her faeries.  The characters in the story were very interesting, all of their voices were compelling and real.  I cared about what was happening at the Oak and how Knife would help save them. I enjoyed the growing relationship between Paul and  Knife, it added another level of tension within the story as well.  The romance didn’t feel rushed and I appreciated how they grew and learned from each other.  Anderson wrote a captivating tale filled with adventure, mystery romance and danger, which I feel will leave readers wanting more.

5 Stars

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