Confined to an oak tree by circumstances, a young faery longs to see the outside world. As she grows up, she gets more than she ever dreamed. Apprenticed to the queen's hunter, she may freely leave the oak. As her skill with weapons grows, she adopts a new name--Knife. Brought up to fear the outside world's danger, Knife is surprised to find a human friend. Knife's friendship with Paul leads to the unraveling mystery of the faeries' captivity in the oak. When asked (commanded) to choose, which will Knife pick--faery or human?
What I thought: An astoundingly good book. The story line is unique. The world building superb. Anderson's faery world reminds me a bit of Lynne Reid Banks' The Fairy Rebel only for an older audience. The ending had a clear resolution and an hint at the beginning of something more. Can't wait for the sequel Wayfarer due out April 2010.
(New York: Harper Collins, 2009)