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This book is set up on the same premise as a few other books, including Tithe and Faerie Wars, but in my opinion, it is better. Eddi McCandry is an out-of-work guitar player when the Seelie Court picks her to bring her mortality to the battle they wage against the Unseelie. As guard they place the phouka, a man who turns into a dog--or perhaps a dog who turns into a man. A few swearwords, but altogether it's an excellent book and one I highly recommend.
posted Oct 3, 2004
It's an interesting fantasy. Eddi is a singer in a minor Minneapolis band who is chosen by the Seelie court to take part in a ritual that will allow them to battle the Unseelie court as mortals. Having it set in the Twin Cities with the involvement of common geography (the first battle takes place at Minnehaha Falls) really makes it an interesting setting.
posted Jul 4, 2005
This urban fantasy started out great, with Minneapolis rock musician Eddi finding herself chosen as a pawn in the eternal war in the world of faerie, a reality she hadn’t even known existed. The otherworldly battle scenes were the weakest part of the story -- it was much more interesting to see Eddi’s relationship with her protector develop, as well as that of her band. While it was fun to read a story set in the Twin Cities, after a while the many, many familiar locations being introduced and described got a little much. Regretfully, I wanted to like this book more than I actually did.
posted Aug 8, 2006 at 4:49PM
Eddi McCandry is having a bad night. She broke up with her boyfriend, quit her band, and is being chased through downtown Minneapolis by a man in black and a very big dog. Cornered at last, Eddi is stunned to discover that the man and the dog are one and the same. The fellow is a phouka, a shape-shifting magical being, and he has just drafted Eddi into an age-old war between two dueling branches of faerie folk. The Seelie Court needs Eddi, a mortal, to bring balance to their battle with the dark Unseelie Court. Feisty and fiercely independent, Eddi has zero interest in being some pixie’s pawn, but she doesn’t have a choice—now that she’s been singled out by one faerie court, the sinister fey of the other will be after her in full force. The phouka—an infuriating, dashing trickster—is appointed Eddi’s guardian and guide through the magical realm now open to her. Overwhelmed, Eddi grounds herself in her passion for music. She starts another band and to her surprise, her recently acquired affinity for magic produces the best sound she’s ever played—with a bit of help from her new bandmates. The fey have been infiltrating the human world for ages, and boy, can they play some mean rock and roll. The band (with the grinning phouka as roadie) begins to garner some serious hype, but there’s still a battle between the forces of good and evil to win, and Eddi is about to become the center of some very dangerous attention. Grounded in the neighborhoods of the Twin Cities and brimming with as much rock and roll as magic, War for the Oaks is an urban fantasy cult classic that still packs a punch more than twenty years after its original publication.
posted Sep 27, 2010 at 8:05PM
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Strong-willed; confident; forming a new rock band; guitarist.
Fey creature; mysterious; takes the form of a human male or a large black dog; Eddi's bodyguard and defender.