Reviewed by First Mate Keira
Title: Spell Hunter (Faery Rebels, Book 1)
Author: R.J. Anderson
Page Count: 340 pages
Grade Reading Level: Grades 5-7
Summary: After the infamous Sundering, faery world is falling apart. Magics, talents, and skills once in abundance are not gone forever from the oak tree. There’s even sickness called the Silencing. As the population dwindles and life becomes more and more barren of life’s richness, one faery is determined to make a difference and to live outside of the fear facing the rest of the population. She calls herself Knife.
Why I started this book:
This book was recommended by a librarian at my local library.
- I like that Knife is a strong heroine. She learns, she grows, she fights, she hunts, she creates, she saves others, and she stands her ground. She even falls in love.
- The relationship between Knife (faery) and Paul (human) is cute. It starts as friendship and grows into something more as Knife and Paul learn more about each other and bond to one another. I like that he’s trustworthy.
- In fact I like that the queen faery is trustworthy too (and her previous Hunter and her steward), I thought perhaps she’d be evil (or they would be evil), but the sinister overtones are not what they appear. Good twist!
- There are references to suicide and drug overdose in the novel. It’s not as bad as it could be but it’s there anyway.
- Are there any male faeries? Perhaps this will be answered in later in the trilogy.
- The sequels are not focused on Knife and Paul… sniff. I am very sad about this. I really want to explore more into their romance now that one big mystery was handled and also too the size difference.
Rating: 3.5 Treasure Chests
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