Eddi McCandry has just left her boyfriend and their band when she finds herself running through the Minneapolis night, pursued by a sinister man and a huge, terrifying dog. The two creatures are one and the same: a phouka, a faerie being who has chosen Eddi to be a mortal pawn in the age-old war between the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Eddi isn't interested--but she doesn't have a choice. Now she struggles to build a new life and new band when she might not even survive till the first rehearsal.
War for the Oaks won the Locus Magazine award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Society Award. Other books by Emma Bull include the novels Falcon, Bone Dance (second honors, Philip K. Dick Award), Finder (a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award), and (with Stephen Brust) Freedom and Necessity; the collection Double Feature (with Will Shetterly); and the picture book The Princess and the Lord of Night. --Cynthia Ward
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I initially bought this book because one of my favourite authors suggested Emma Bull's novels as an example of good contemporary fantasy/sci-fi. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2009 by Wooden Shoe
Some good writing interspersed with long boring sections of "deep and meaningful" lyrics when then band plays. Read morePublished on May 8 2004
the one that, when I have nothing new to read, I go back to the shelf and pick this one up again. And again. Read morePublished on April 19 2003 by chandeeregreen
War for the Oaks is urban fantasy at its best. Her writing style isn't grandiose or epic the way Tolkien or Lord Dunsany's is, but it has a gritty, lyrical beauty. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2003 by "ladylylia"
I read this book about three years ago, back when it was still out of print, and I was very excited when I heard it was being reprinted. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2002 by Stephanie Zuercher
Anyone who likes urban fantasy should go "back to basics" and pick up this defining classic of the subgenre. Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2002 by Kelly (Fantasy Literature)
One of the first and perhaps the best contemporary "faerie" story. I bought it when it originally came out many years ago and have re-read it often since then; each time... Read morePublished on March 1 2002 by Tia126
The premise of this book is great but the writer doesn't get to it until past the middle of the book. Many pages are spent describing the mundane daily life of the main character. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2002 by William E. Warner