Sep 19, 2008

War for the Oaks by Emma Bull

This past Tuesday during the discussion with Jeanne Stein about Urban Fantasy, Sewicked brought up the title War for the Oaks by Emma Bull. Turns out that Tor is offering a free download of this book for anyone who registers with them. Go to

Talk about a cosmic coincidence!

According to Wikipedia War for the Oaks is considered the first in the urban fantasy genre. So now I have it on my computer, and will read it when I get a chance.

Here is the plot summary from Wikipedia: Walking home one night through the streets of Minneapolis after quitting her rock band and breaking up with her boyfriend, Eddi McCandry discovers that she is being pursued by a threatening man and an even more threatening black dog. They turn out to be one and same: a shapeshifting prankster faerie known as a phouka, who drafts Eddi to be the key linchpin in the ongoing battle between faerie's good and noble Seelie Court and the evil Unseelie Court, ruled by the Queen of Air and Darkness. Eddi soon finds herself in a struggle for survival against the Unseelie Court, all while trying to put a new rock band together. Meanwhile, her initial feelings of resentment toward the phouka develop into gratitude for his efforts to protect her against the dark queen, and ultimately turn into love. The novel climaxes in a rock concert playoff between Eddi and the Queen of Air and Darkness, which decides the fate of both faerie courts, as well as the fate of her loved one.

If anyone has read it, feel free to post a comment.

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