Author: R. J. Anderson
Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy/Fiction
Series: Fairy Rebels #2
The faeries of the Oak are dying, and it’s up to a lone faery named Linden to find a way to restore their magic. Linden travels bravely into dangerous new territory, where she enlists the help of an unlikely friend—a human named Timothy. Soon they discover something much worse than the Oakenfolk’s loss of magic: a potent evil that threatens the fate of all faeries. In a fevered, desperate chase across the country, Timothy and Linden risk their lives to seek an ancient power before it’s too late to save everyone they love.
I began reading this book because I’ve been seeing it around on the internet and thought it must be popular. I didn’t expect a whole lot from a ‘faery’ book – no matter how much I adore faeries, the books about them usually are not that original. I was happily surprised to discover that this is a well-crafted, enjoyable, clean, and – unexpectedly Christian – tale. Note: This is the second book in a series; the first is ‘Spell Hunter.’ However, you do not need to have read the first one to completely enjoy the second.
Positive Elements: Linden, Timothy, and many other characters show fierce devotion to the faery people, freedom, and friendship. They are willing to stand up for what is right even in the face of death. Timothy’s faith in God (or, as the faeries call him, the ‘Great Gardener’) is renewed by the faith of the faeries, and Bible verses and lessons are scattered unobtrusively throughout the book. Several characters give up everything in order to help defeat the evil Empress.
Negative Elements: When we first meet him, Timothy is being suspended from a Christian school for hitting a boy without cause. He struggles with feeling like God is real, and thinks negatively about his missionary parents. Several people are wounded, and the Empress uses magic and tricks in order to get what she wants or frighten people into submission.
5 out of 5 stars