War for the Oaks

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Author: Emma Bull

Title: War for the Oaks

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: 1987

Number of Pages: 319

Geographical Setting: Minneapolis, MN

Time Period:1980s

Series (If applicable):n/a

Plot Summary: A war between the fairy courts is simmering in the air of Minneapolis. Singer and rhythm guitarist Eddi McCandry is oblivious to the fairies until she is drafted into battle.  Eddi struggles to maintain her band, independence, and a semblance of normalcy, only to discover the magic she’s always possessed. An epic battle between the fairies shatters her illusions of reality, truth, love, and loyalty. Emma Bull’s award-winning fantasy novel is one-part rock and roll, two-parts magical underworld, and enough realistically funny dialogue to lure in readers who would normally shy from fairy stories. Fans of romance, adventure, and strong female protagonists will also find something in this genre-crossing novel.

Subject Headings: Women rock musicians-Fiction. Minneapolis (Minn.)-Fiction. City and town life-Fiction. Women Singers-Fiction. Fairies-Fiction.

Appeal: Urban, mystical, engrossing, complex, dark, atmospheric, vivid, contemporary, romantic, dramatic, magic, conversational.

3 terms that best describe this book: Urban, dark, magic.

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:
The Ancient Art of Faerie Magick by D.J. Conway (historical discussion of Seelie and Unseelie courts, as well as detailed description of fairies)
Minneapolis and St. Paul by Tanya Lloyd (features beautiful photographs of locations mentioned in the book, including Minnehaha Falls, the site of the first battle)
Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes-from Punk to Indie and Everything in Between by Leslie Simon (discussion of Minneapolis music scene, as well as music scenes in general)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (another urban fantasy that juxtaposes ancient magic with modern day; epic battle finishes out the book, similar dark tone and humor)
From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris (blend of fairies, fantasy, and romance; conversational tone, juxtaposes modernity and magic)
Heart of Stone by C.E. Murphy (blend of modern world with magic world; strong female characters; dark tone, cross-genre appeal)

Name: Marisa Bernstein

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