Then she meets the phouka and things get much more complicated as Eddi gets recruited into the war between the Fae.
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Her mortal blood ups the stakes and means even the immortal Fae can die in battle. With the new band rehearsing and getting ready for their first few gigs, Eddi is completely unprepared when the war with the Fae spills out into her world and has a devastating impact on her life. The dialogue is sharp and witty. Lewis Carole? The Fae, both good and bad, are believably otherworldly creatures and yet with an edge of reality that made me care whether they lived or died.
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War for the Oaks is being reissued by Penguin on 29 th September and you can pre-order a copy here. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Skip to content This is my first attempt at a Fridaybookshare review so I hope I get all the right bits in and hopefully in something like the right order. She's almost too good to be true but moments of vulnerability made this reader believe in her, and love her.
Perfect, imo, for this new "New Adult" classification in that it's a bit like a YA book but more interesting than most of those. The characters are in their 20s, mostly. Lots of descriptions of wonderful fashion choices. Just one thing about the blurb on the back of the edition that I read. I think some male chauvinist must have written that bit! And I see that the GR blurb has that, too; I'll have to fix that. Read for a Strong Women challenge.
Sep 08, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: read-all-the-books-the-fifth-season , read-sf-award-winners , src18tum. This is the way writing should be -- clear, lyrical, smooth. A tight plot that still leaves plenty of room for character development. An "off-the-bookshelf" Monopoly move.
Sep 29, Richard rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Anyone seeking a quick and excellent fantasy. Shelves: bookclub , fantasy-magic , fantasy-urban , fantasy. It is astonishing to think that Minneapolis was the center of the Faerie world in Who would of thought?!? Undoubtedly there is some important event that transpired in the next decade, since by the Dresden Files are evidence that Chicago is the place to be.
I was enjoy It is astonishing to think that Minneapolis was the center of the Faerie world in I was enjoying the retro nature of the bands mentioned and the clothing styles, but then suddenly realized a character had just ducked into a phone booth. How quaint! Finally, I looked at the publication date and realized why half the references were to punk and the other half to the new romantics. But no Adam and the Ants. Quite surprising. All the male faeries are described like they stepped out of a Prince music video, and the lead character apparently dresses like Stevie Nicks.
In any event, War for the Oaks is an excellent urban fantasy. Strongly recommended. View 1 comment. Dec 19, Siria rated it it was ok. This book is a very strong argument as to why frequent, extended descriptions of what the characters are wearing is a bad idea: not only is it unnecessary, a lot of the time, but it makes the book feel very dated. The fact that the descriptions are of what was fashionable in the late Eighties is even worse: people actually wore that?
With shoulder-pads? Oh my. Similarly: ixnay on the awful rock lyrics. Anyway, I read War for the Oaks because I had heard so many people describe it as a classic of This book is a very strong argument as to why frequent, extended descriptions of what the characters are wearing is a bad idea: not only is it unnecessary, a lot of the time, but it makes the book feel very dated. Anyway, I read War for the Oaks because I had heard so many people describe it as a classic of the genre. Liked the Phouka a lot, didn't mind Eddi overly much she wasn't annoying, though her increasingly Mary Sue qualities made me roll my eyes just a bit as the book progressed , thought their eventual romance made things a bit too treacly.
It was certainly enjoyable, and a quick read, but I don't think I'd call it a classic—perhaps more of a pioneer? I've read things by, say, Gaiman, who have taken on the same themes and roughly the same settings, and haven't left me feeling frustrated by things left hinted at or never explored. Why the hell have two European fairy courts taken up residence in Minneapolis, of all places?
What happened to the native magic of the place? Because I can't imagine it not having an existence before us white folks. First half two stars, second half four stars. I am definitely not the target audience for this. I don't like UF, I don't like faeries, and I thought the music would be a saving grace because that's something I do love, but I still wasn't really getting into that portion.
A friend pointed out to me that this was sort of the first UF written. Looking at it from that perspective, and from the very important perspective that this was written in the 80s, things finally started clicking for me. The First half two stars, second half four stars. The second half was quite good. The interesting thing about this was that there wasn't one single actual plot twist that surprised me. Where the book was strongest was the novel setting and the way that music became such an integral part of the overall story.
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And is there anything more appropriate to use in a modern tale of humans and fae? Music and dancing?
One could only wish that the subsequent urban fantasy was as good. At first it felt tired and old hat to me, but gradually, Emma Bull's world and characters began to build and before you know it, I was enchanted. It's a tour de force of music, magic, honor, courage, and love. The Pouka is the most endearing and lovable character I've come across in a long time.
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Eddi's character gradually develops depth and the story takes of 4. Eddi's character gradually develops depth and the story takes off. The peripheral characters are delightful. Willy Silver is a true tragic hero. I'm smiling and happy. Jan 13, Vered rated it it was amazing Shelves: uf.
objectifcoaching.com/components/dakota/femme-luxembourg-cherche-homme.php Yep, still excellent! With it's wit, warmth, great characters and a story that gets you hooked, instantly. Faeries, a chosen mortal, a fight between good of sort and evil, a lot of Rock'n'Roll and one sexy, irresistible Phouka. I love it! References, clothes, songs. A trip down memory lane :. View all 15 comments. I wish I understood the hype this book has commanded for over twenty years, but I can't.
I also wish I'd heard of at least half of the songs mentioned stuffed, more like in it. Unfortunately, Emma Bull was under the impression that the more contemporary hip iconic culture she shoved down the throats of her readers, the better it would be. In doing this, and shamelessly using her own poor lyrics as filler, she managed to completely neglect her writing.
I can't even recall how many times I had I wish I understood the hype this book has commanded for over twenty years, but I can't. Probably right around the point where Carla, a completely flat character seemingly designed by a schizophrenic, says "No one is cuter than Prince. DO NOT get me started on the phouka's dialog. Or the extensive descriptions of his and everyone's clothes WTF, even 80s doesn't explain that away and his hair, which, from the repetitive and unimaginative description was obviously a Jheri curl. Don't get me wrong, I can totally see the influence this book had on fantasy, and am willing to accept that it is a pioneer of the urban fantasy sub-genre, but I can only praise subsequent writers for redeeming it from the awful depths War for the Oaks set it at.
Even writers like Laurell K. Hamilton, who can at least make the outfits easy to envision that is not an endorsement of rabid "let's get dressed up! It gets a star because I finished it. Don't read this book. A mix between fantasy and a rock novel incorporating the worst aspects of both genres with an inability to compose a coherent action sequence. Mar 23, Mariel rated it liked it Recommends it for: fly me to the moon. Good, but not great.