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War for the Oaks by Emma Bull

So, I just finished this great book by Emma Bull. It's called "War for the Oaks". It was written in 1987 but I guess it got popular again since the copy I bought was new and printed in 2001 with a much better cover design than the original.
Eddi McCandry sings rock and roll. But she dumps her boyfriend - and the lead singer of her band - so her band just broke up, and life could hardly be worse. Then, walking home through downtown Minneapolis on a dark night, she finds herself drafted into an invisible war between the faerie folk by a Phouka who then wont leave her side as her protector. Now, more than her own survival is at risk — and her own life, musical and personal, are very much beside the point as she is thrown in battles between magical being of Fae.

Of course, the Phouka is my favourite character. Phoukas are tricksters and annoying in that lovable way but he's also fiercely loyal and is written as being a pretty hot dude. Of course, Eddi falls in love with him but it's touch and go. There are a ton of characters in here - but you don't feel overwhelmed - and Eddi is no Bella; she actually has a mind of her own and is not just a dumb, ignorant human. And no one sparkles, so there's that.

I've always loved urban fantasy. Some of my top books take place in greasy, rundown city landscapes with things less than human. Take some of my favourite authors: Both Holly Black and Melissa Marr write fairies (very similar to this Emma Bull book) amidst a twisted city of iron buildings and run-down clubs frequented by the fae that lives there. Rob Thurman writes two brothers - one with half-demon blood and the other a fierce, protective older brother with an affinity for swords - in a other-being riddled New York; take Supernatural, randomize the brother's attributes a bit, and plunk them down in a huge city. I'd recommend all of their works completely.

It's weird that when I got sick of reading books at the library, I turned to fic and that's really all I read for a year. Now I've read a ~*real book*~ and a whole lot of fic seems boring to me. I've been working on mimblexwimble's gen "Ten Thousand Miles" for a few days and it's not that long and not really boring. I just can't stick with it.

Comic Con in less than two weeks. The countdown continues.

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