Review: KNIFE (and) REBEL / R. J. Anderson

Rebel / by R. J. Anderson (No Ordinary Fairy Tale, 2)
Enclave     ISBN     9781621840596

Knife / by R. J. Anderson (No Ordinary Fairy Tale, 1)
Enclave     ISBN     9781621840510
Middle School (Grades 7-10)     Rating: 4

knife rebel

Author R. J. Anderson pens an unusual fairy tale series, one that was previously published in the United Kingdom and is now available for American readers.

In Knife, a young fairy –Knife – is determined to discover why the fairy realm – Oakenwyld – lost its magic and how they can get it back. Their numbers are dwindling and only female fairies are left. Fiercely independent Knife is unafraid of the crows, the humans, or even the Fairy Queen herself. She befriends Paul, a human, who joins in her quest to save her dying fairy realm. How will her friendship with Paul change all their lives?

In Rebel, fifteen-year-old Linden, Knife’s foster daughter, is the youngest and smallest fairy, yet the dying queen asks her to go out into the human world and findother fairies to help save Oakenwyld. Timothy is staying with his cousin Paul and his wife who are friends of the fairies. Disillusioned by his missionary parents’ faith, Timothy also doesn’t believe in fairies. When Linden begs him for help, Timothy gets caught up in the struggle against evil threatening both their worlds. Will they find the legendary white stone that could save her fairy realm?

Knife received critical acclaim in the UK, and was nominated for the 2009 Carnegie Award. The writings of C. S. Lewis and Tolkien inspired Anderson to write fantasy stories from a Christian worldview for a general audience. Her No Ordinary Fairy Tale series has a light faith element in Knife and a stronger presence in Rebel. Anderson does a good job creating the fairy world. Just like the human world, there are good and bad fairies, loyal and rebellious ones. Rebel was a 2016 Christy award nominee (Young Adult category).

Recommended for teen readers in public libraries and school libraries.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

 

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