Book Reviews of War for the Oaks

War for the Oaks
War for the Oaks
Author: Emma Bull
ISBN-13: 9780765300348
ISBN-10: 0765300346
Publication Date: 7/6/2001
Pages: 332
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 64 ratings
Publisher: Orb Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Classic urban fantasy. Musicians, warring faerie factions, big fun.
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This is a beautifully written book that is both poetical and fantastical. liked the mix of music and magic. All the characters are well defined, and I especially liked Eddi, Willy and the phouka.
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Really great fantasy read, one of my favorites. This is a story about a very normal woman having a bad day who gets stuck in the middle of a supernatural war. Never boring.
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An urban fairytale set in downtown Minneapolis. At once edgy and lyrical, this is a novel that defies its genre.
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The best book I've read in a while! Wonderful and clever wrighting. This novel was originally released in 1987, and the eights pop culture vibe (especially the fashion) is a lot of fun.
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Good urban fantasy.
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I found this book difficult to get into, so I ended up not finishing it. I don't know if it was the characters or the storyline but it wasn't for me.
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Fun contemporary fantasy novel about a faerie war in St. Louis that entangles a young woman. Good, light read, and chock full of 80'sness (seriously, this book is bursting with the 80s)
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While the context is definitely dated (late '80s), this book is well-written and, I'm sure, went a long way toward defining an entire genre. Worth the time for fans of urban fantasy/alternate realities.
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This book was so cheesy and had some weird racial scenes, but it kept my interest. I enjoyed the faeries. And how can you not fall in love with a guy who looks like Prince and can turn into a dog? (I love dogs.)
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Sharp, lucid and full of beautiful phrases, War for the Oaks is the sort of book you read and never forget. The best urban fantasy ever written, in my opinion.
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A modern fantasy, enjoyable
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very good
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a sci fi fantasy with music and dark elves
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I'm somewhere in between with this book.

First, the main girl, Eddi. She wasn't a blushing, stammering, stupid airhead; so far, so good. On occasion, she even had a bit of spine; yay! She was not, however, a particularly strong character, nor was she a memorable one. She was on the somewhat likeable end of tolerable.

The phouka was an amusing character, but his style of speech jarred me. It was for old-fashioned sounding, and maybe it was just because he got the most screen time in the book, but he seemed to speak in much more flowery way then any of the other character, including the other fey. At least his entertaining mood swings and magical wardrobe made up for that.

This book had romance, which I wasnt thrilled about. I still cant say that I enjoyed the romantic aspect, but at least it sorta made sense, so I could at least tolerate it in a necessary evil sort of way. Sounds cynical, I know, but considering how much I hate romance in books, this is actually high praise.

A lot of the plot, the action especially, felt lacking. First, a lot of it was predictable. Whether that was this authors fault or the fault of later authors that may have copied her, I dont know. Second, for a book that claims to be about a faerie war, theres a noticeable lack of fighting. Theres one horse-and-sword battle that lasts about one chapter, one hostage rescue, and a battle of the bands. What? The battles are more of a side note, the focus being on music and bands.

So, not bad, but not amazing and not quite my thing.