Knife : Book 1

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Once upon a time, a fairy is born. She lives in an old oak tree at the bottom of a garden with the rest of the fairy folk. Never has she known a time when life hasn't been hard, with many dangers and much adversity. But when she becomes the Hunter of the group and learns to do battle in the outside world, her adventures really take off...

Don't read this book if you're expecting fairy dust - the last thing Knife is likely to wield is a magic wand...
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 199 x 24mm | 283g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781408303122
  • 52,073

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RJ Anderson's debut novel unexpectedly evolves into a compelling adventure-cum-love-story. Financial Times 20090117
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RJ Anderson's debut novel unexpectedly evolves into a compelling adventure-cum-love-story. * Financial Times * A lively and engrossing debut novel. * Books For Keeps * Captivating. * The Times * "Readers will fall in love with Anderson's debut." * The Times * "Compelling and mature...maintains its suspense to the final page" * Books Quarterly (Waterstone's) * "Perfect for the kind of girl who enjoys fantasy with a dash of romance" * The Times * "Pure pleasure...highly recommended" * The Times * "A compelling adventure/love story" * Financial Times * "Love, fear, compassion and courage are woven into a magical story" * Amanda Craig, The Times * "This is the best kind of fantasy: a book that makes fairies wonderfully real" * Sarah Prineas, author of THE MAGIC THIEF * Romance, intrigue, mystery, adventure. I didn't want to put it down! * Cork Evening Echo *
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About R.J. Anderson

Rebecca Anderson was born in Uganda, raised in Ontario, went to school in New Jersey, and has spent much of her life dreaming of other worlds entirely.

As a child she immersed herself in fairy tales, mythology, and the works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and E. Nesbit; later she discovered more contemporary authors like Ursula LeGuin, Patricia A. McKillip and Robin McKinley, and learned to take as much pleasure from their language as the stories they told.

Now married and the mother of three young sons, Rebecca reads to her children the classic works of fantasy and science fiction that enlivened her own childhood, and tries to bring a similar sense of humor, adventure, and timeless wonder to the novels she writes for children and young adults.
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This is a fantasy novel that is so grounded in reality, it manages to carefully balance logic and mystery. RJ Anderson has an amazing ability to draw you into the story, the skill she uses to weave the characters through such a brilliant plot is simply magical. :)show more
by rawstatic
Faeries have always existed in the Oak; it has been their home for hundreds of years, long before the humans and their house. But there are no longer as many faeries as there once were. They are fading, dying. Their magic is all but gone, and no one can say why.rnrnThere are a few simple rules all faeries must live by, obey the Queen, never go outside, and above all else stay away from humans. These rules are made to protect the Oak and its faery inhabitants. But what if it is these rules that are slowly killing the faeries?rnrnNo faery would dare to disobey the Queen, but when one faery has the chance to leave the Oak, to discover the truth of the faeries past; will she be able to save her kind, finding a way to restore the faeries magic? Or will she bring the destruction of the faery world down upon them all in her quest for the truth, and be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice?rnrnI have been looking forward to reading this book for a while, and at first I feared it would never live up to the expectations I had built up. But lucky for me it was everything I expected it to be and more.rnrnKnife is a story of adventure, danger, secrets, love and faeries; a magical world to lose yourself in. This is the kind of book you can read again and again, with something in it for everyone. It is surprisingly touching and more involving then first appears. The first in a series, this book is a must more
by Larissa McGrath
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