Thursday, July 1, 2010

Wayfarer by R.J. Anderson

Wayfarer by R.J. Anderson
Publication Date/Version: June 2010/Hardcover
Publisher: HarperCollins
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Around The World Tours (Thanks!)

The faeries of the Oak are dying, and it’s up to a lone faery named Linden to find a way to restore their magic. Linden travels bravely into dangerous new territory, where she enlists the help of an unlikely friend—a human named Timothy. Soon they discover something much worse than the Oakenfolk’s loss of magic: a potent evil that threatens the fate of all faeries. In a fevered, desperate chase across the country, Timothy and Linden risk their lives to seek an ancient power before it’s too late to save everyone they love. R. J. Anderson has artfully crafted a world of stunning magic, thrilling adventure, and delicate beauty, where a girl far from home must defeat the pervasive evil befalling her beloved faery realm.

Linden is summoned to the bedside of her dying faery queen. The Oak's magic is dwindling, and Linden is their last hope. It's up to her to delve into the human world in search of other faeries who can help save the Oak and its faeries. Linden is joined by Timothy, a human friend who helps her in her quest, providing protection, transportation, and true friendship. Characters from Spell Hunter are reintroduced in the next exciting installment in the Faery Rebels series.

It's R.J. Anderson, people. Of course Wayfarer was exciting, action-packed, and featured an amazing world. What else did you expect?

Needless to say, Wayfarer carried on the wonderful series. No sophomore blues for this author. Anderson proves that all of her stories pack a punch. I didn't enjoy Wayfarer quite as much as Spell Hunter, but that's probably only because I already knew how amazing the series was.

Linden is yet another head-strong heroine who serves as a good role model. I enjoyed her courageous actions and wit, as well as her interaction with Timothy. Timothy, though he had a bit of a tough exterior, proved to be a real sweetheart and friend. Their adventures together showcased Anderson's ability to create enticing worlds and settings. My favorite part of this story was meeting the other faery world, especially one sly little trickster.

I loved that the second installment featured characters from Spell Hunter. Characters from both stories mingle, and major characters from the first installment play large roles in the second. This aspect was one that made me thoroughly enjoy the novel. I love when authors revisit their characters, and Anderson didn't disappoint.

Overall: A great second installment, equal to the first. Action-packed. Great ending.

My Advice: If you've read and enjoyed the first one, buy it.

Cover: It's too young for my tastes. Overall, I really prefer the UK covers.

*This was read as a part of the 100+ Reading Challenge

2 comments:

  1. Great review.

    I don't dig this cover either.

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  2. Hi! I found your blog through the Saturday Network (and I'm so glad I did!) I've heard a lot about this series but was never sure if I should really give it a go. I'm glad I read this review. I do love fairy stories, so I'm sure it's right up my alley. And I agree about the cover--while I think this one is pretty, it does come across as meant for a younger audience.

    -Bea

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