Deep inside the great Oak lies a dying faery realm, bursting with secrets insead of magic. Long ago the faeries mysteriously lost thier 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 who live 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?
I absolutely loved this book. I must have been having fairy withdrawls, now that I'm over my "Jane Austen" phase. Anyway, I think this is the first book I've read with small fairies. (Fablehaven had small fairies but they weren't the main characters.) I thought that would be weird for me. I mean, really? Ten-inch-tall fairies?? With NO magic? So basically it's a book about midgets, right? Wrong. Knife was a pretty hardcore fairy. She was fearless and sassy and adventurous and....strong. I loved her!
When the book started, I thought it would take awhile for the story to pick up. I have to admit, I was yawning through the first few pages, but then she gets summoned by the Queen, given her occupation and the adventure begins.
I can't say much without giving a lot away so I'm jsut going to say, READ THIS!! This was a wonderful first novel from R. J. Anderson and I can't wait to see what she has up her sleeve next! Enjoy!