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War for the Oaks

by Emma Bull

Publisher - An Orb Edition published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC

Print edition available 2001 original publish date 1987

Reviewed by Johnette Butler
Review posted 9/20/09

ISBN 0-765-30034-6

War for the Oaks has been around for a while. It was originally published by Ace back in 1987, then again as an Orb edition by Tor in 2001. It won the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 1987. This is great fantasy writing in a modern urban setting. The heroine, one Eddi McCandry, rock and roll composer, lyricist and singer has that magic charisma that makes audiences cling to every note she sings or plays. And it turns out that this is just the quality that the folk of faerie need to make the war between the Seelie and Unseelie courts real. The Queen of the Seelie court sends out a phouka (a faerie creature who has human, faerie and canine manifestations) to find a mortal to be the pivotal power of their battles and he finds Eddi. Of course, when dealing with faerie, nothing is ever simple, thus complications abound. It’s a great read and still in print. Find it and enjoy!

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