Knife[EPUB] ✻ Knife By R.J. Anderson – Forget everything you think you know about faeries

Creatures full of magic and whimsy?

Not in the Oakenwyld Not anymore

Deep inside the great Oak lies a dying faery realm Forget everything you think you know about faeries Creatures full of magic and whimsy?Not in the Oakenwyld Not anyDeep inside the great Oak lies a dying faery realm, bursting with secrets instead of magic Long ago the faeries mysteriously lost their magic Robbed of their powers, they have become selfish and dullwitted Now their numbers are dwindling and their very survival is at stakeOnly one young faery—Knife—is determined to find out where her people's magic has gone and try to get it back Unlike her sisters, Knife is fierce and independent She's not afraid of anything—not the vicious crows, the strict Faery Queen, or the fascinating humans living nearby But when Knife disobeys the Faery Queen and befriends a human named Paul, her quest becomes dangerous than she realizes Can Knife trust Paul to help, or has she brought the faeries even closer to the brink of destruction?Talented newcomer R J Anderson creates an extraordinary new fantasy world and weaves a gripping tale of lost magic, high adventure, and surprising friendship in which the fate of an entire realm rests on the shoulders of one brave faery rebel.

RJ Rebecca Anderson was born in Uganda, raised in Ontario, and has spent much of her life dreaming of other worlds entirely She is the author of ten traditionally published fantasySF books for children and teens, including the UK bestselling faery romance KNIFE Her new Flight and Fire Trilogy begins with SWIFT and NOMAD in AugNov , ending with the brand new novel TORCH in February .

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  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • Knife
  • R.J. Anderson
  • English
  • 26 October 2019
  • 9780061554742

10 thoughts on “Knife

  1. R.J. says:

    I am shockingly biased in favour of this book.

  2. Kristi says:

    Another fantastic debut novel! This book was just full of awesomeness. I absolutely loved reading it! The plot was something totally different, which was beyond refreshing! No faery courts, good vs. evil, life sized fae in the book. This is the type of faeries that I had always imagined hiding amongst flowers.

    The characters were extraordinary. Knife was so fascinating. Such a complex character. She really made this novel. And the secondary characters were just as outstanding. They were almost as complex as Knife herself, constantly my views of them changing.

    And the writing. This was one of those books that I didn’t realize I was actually reading. Anderson created this world and I was just completely captivated by it. Excellent imagery and Knife’s voice, it couldn’t have been more authentic. Well, as authentic as you can be for a faery!

    I will definitely be buying a copy of this one for my personal library. If you’re looking for a great book to read this summer. Pick this one up!

  3. R.J. says:

    Re-read for galleys of the new US paperback and e-book edition, coming July 21st from Enclave Publishing. Happily, I still love this story and enjoyed reading it -- sure, there are a few changes I might make to the prose on a line level, but not in any way that would substantially alter the book. Which, eight years and eight more books later, is a pretty nice feeling to have.

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    Original review:
    I wrote this book, so naturally I love it. :)

  4. Inge says:

    Knife was cute. Really cute.

    The story starts with Bryony, a fairy of the Oakenwyld. They live in a big old oak tree and are forbidden to go outside, because humans are dangerous, especially now that they’ve all lost their magic. That’s right: all fairies were robbed from their magic and lost their creativity. When Bryony, now Knife, is appointed as the Queen’s Hunter, she meets a human being. Paul. Thus begins a truly beautiful friendship that will change the Oakenwyld forever.

    Let me just start by saying this – Bryony is a badass fairy. In a world where everyone tells you the Outside could kill you, she wants nothing more than to go Outside. She steals a knife (an envelope opener) from the human house and kills a crow, which is really difficult. Immediately she is appointed as the Queen’s Hunter and gives herself a new name – Knife. When Knife meets one of the humans from the house, she’s scared, but more than that, she’s fascinated. Knife and Paul come from different worlds and have different habits, but they can talk for hours. Fairies don’t make friends, but Knife finds a friend in Paul. Too bad it’s forbidden.

    I loved it. I loved the whole storyline, the history of the fairies and how they came to be these magicless, uncreative beings, and the big secret Knife finds out – what they need to become creative again, what they need to heal the sick fairies dying from the Silence, and will they ever get their magic back? The secret will shock the entire Oakenwyld to its core. Everything will change. But the biggest change happens in Knife herself.

    A lovely tale ridden with fantasy and friendship.

  5. Bee says:

    I found the fifth book in the series, which is more like the second book to a companion duology so I was only going to read the 'fourth' book but was like 'why not go back to the beginning?' and thank goodness I did, because I'd forgotten just how perfect this series is.

    First off. Look at the covers. They're everything. EVERYTHING. No cover will ever be so wonderfully magical and dark ever.

    I've always loved fairies and Knife is like a dark version of Tinker Bell and Pixie Hollow, with the usual fairies can't touch iron, have true names and can't lie stuff thrown in their too. They're probably my favourite faery stories because they also incorporate the faeries as muses which I feel more modern recent fae books I've read miss out.

    The whole thing is just paced really well. You've got the beginning which is a coming of age story, then the middle is a love story and the end is a quest adventure. Seriously, it has everything. READ IT.

  6. Melissa says:

    I will always think of this book as titled Knife as (full disclosure) I knew it in some of its earlier stages. However my friendship with and love of this book's author does not at all account for the voraciousness with which I consumed it. I had it in my possession for many months and due to a crazy schedule only opened it last night: a bias in favor of the author's success does not at all account for staying up much too late with it, trying to read it while I was driving (!), using one hand to prop it open and turn pages while working on the computer, and sitting in my car, outside my gym for an hour and a half, in order to finish it.

    It is a wonderful, immensely readable, creative, and loving book - written with great respect for the ideas of love and mothership and humanity, featuring a smart, fun, tough pair of lead characters that are as admirable as they are faulted.

    The part I loved best, however, was the subtle treatment of the effect a relationship with a faery must have had on Paul, who struggles with despair fairly early in the book. It brings particular lightness to the heart to see someone so challenged find solace and wonderment in his life again through his interactions with the faery world. It doesn't overburden the book; the book is not a morality play on overcoming a disability. It treats this young man as simply human, albeit a human with a problem, like all humans have.

    This is an excellent book full of strong characters, intriguing plot, and imaginative touches that put me in mind of (yes) Harry Potter. I rarely write reviews here but I had to recommend this for all.

  7. Sherwood Smith says:

    Bryony is a young faery, impatient with being cooped in the old oak where her sadly diminished and isolated community lives. When she's apprenticed to the community's Hunter, she uses that as an excuse to spy on the humans who live nearby, in spite of many warnings and even threats from her cautious faery elders.

    How she meets the human boy Paul, their relationship, and why the community is the way it is makes up an absorbing, quick-paced tale full of laughter and real emotional depth. I would have read this book to pieces as a teen. I look forward to the next.

  8. Shannon (Giraffe Days) says:

    There aren't many faeries left in the Oak. Since the Sundering, the only faery with any magic is the Queen, Amaryllis, and the old skills have been lost. The Silence is killing off faeries, but no one knows what it is or what causes it.

    When she was a young faery, Bryony was adventurous and yearned for the outdoors - a place she was never allowed to go. So she is shocked but excited to be apprenticed to Thorn, the Queen's Hunter, whose job it is to protect the Oak and hunt squirrels and other small animals for food.

    She excels at her job and welcomes the dangers. Her handmade bone knives aren't good enough to defeat the crows that attack them, so she slips into the human's stone house to steal a silver craft knife. This is barely the beginning of Bryony's fascination with the humans.

    With her apprenticeship finished and Thorn retired, Bryony takes a new name: Knife. She becomes increasingly obsessed in discovering what happened to the faeries' magic, why their creativity and artistry dried up, what causes the Silence, and why they are forever being warned away from humans.

    Circumstances see a surprising friendship grow between Knife and the young human Paul, who lives in the stone house, and together they discover the truth - with enormous implications for their own friendship.

    After a bit of a slow start, Spell Hunter eases you into a vivid world of faeries that borrows from folklore while adding new and interesting elements of its own creation. These faeries are selfish beings, who speak to each other only to issue chores or bargain. When they die they leave behind an egg from which hatches a new baby faery, which is given the name of its mother. As Paul points out, why then are faeries so female?

    One of the things I liked about this story is that, while it has an English-like setting, it never actually says where it is set - it could be anywhere where oaks grow that has old manor houses dating from the 17th century. I liked it because it added to the fantastical, fairy tale, mystical quality - not bogged down by mundane, real details.

    While Knife doesn't narrate herself, the story is told from her perspective alone, and a lot of her personality comes through in the way she perceives things around her. She makes a great protagonist, and her thought patterns and understandings are alien enough to be convincingly faery. It's quite funny at times, the way she interprets human things.

    By about halfway through, when the mystery really started to pick up, I became quite engrossed in this book and eager to see where it led. I wasn't disappointed, and while I get the moral of the ending, I admit I didn't like how it turned out.

    This is a great book for younger readers, but a fun tale for older ones as well.

  9. Chachic says:

    Orinally posted here.

    Knife by R.J. Anderson was published as Spell Hunter in the US and is the first book in the Faery Rebels series. I got the UK edition because I think it looks much better than the US one and the UK covers for all the books in the series match. The picture below doesn't do the cover justice because it's a lot nicer in person - the blue stands out against the black and the print is shiny. I've heard a lot of good things about this book, especially from Sounisians because I believe R.J. Anderson is a member of that LJ community.

    I know there are a lot of YA faery series out there - I've given several a try but I stopped with just the first book in most of them because I feel like they weren't for me. Knife was different because I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I'm glad that I already have a copy of Rebel. Ever since Bryony was a young faery, she's had this longing to go outside the Oak to discover what's out there. In this series, fairies are small creatures so they're scared of crows, foxes and even cats and dogs. Humans are viewed as monstrous creatures intent on harming them. However, Bryony doesn't understand why her people aren't brave enough to fight back. She gets the chance to prove herself when she's apprenticed to the Queen's Hunter - the person responsible for protecting the Gatherers who reluctantly leave the Oak to collect food. The Hunter also provides whatever meat, skins and fur that she can acquire. When Bryony takes over the position of Queen's Hunter, she chooses to change her name to Knife.

    I really liked the faery world created by R.J. Anderson and I think it's my favorite so far out of all the faery series that I've read. It was interesting to note the similarities and differences in this world and other faery lore. I can't reveal much without mentioning spoilers but I really liked how the faeries' magic worked. Knife is such a feisty heroine. She's inquisitive even as a child and she questions the rules of the Oak. There's a mystery behind that and why her people lost most of their magic and Knife is determined to find out more about it. She's different from all the other fairies because she's not content with the status quo. She's willing to take risks even if it involves endangering herself. It was fun to see everything through Knife's eyes as she tentatively explores the world beyond the Oak and the humans that live in the House. I really liked how the friendship between Knife and Paul, a human teen, developed - initially, they were just curious about how different they are from each other but eventually, they connect and bond over common interests like their fascination with art. I highly recommend Knife to fans of faery stories and MG/YA fantasy readers. Like I said, I'm looking forward to reading Rebel and I have a feeling I'll be purchasing Arrow soon (I've seen it in local bookstores).

  10. Katie Grace says:

    Aww, this book was like a blast to the past. I used to read fairy stories all the time, so it felt like I was eight years old again. Even though it's not my type of book anymore, it was still a cute and quick read. *happiness*

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