Bryony is the youngest faery of the Oakenfolk–a group that lives together in a big oak tree in the corner of a garden. To Bryony, that garden is the entire world. As she grows older, though, she longs for adventure. She becomes the Queen’s official Hunter, sent out to protect the other faeries from crows and other dangers, and takes a new name: Knife. But in her travels outside the Oak, she meets a human boy named Paul, and begins to realize that many things she has always believed are not true, and the faeries may be in danger of extinction. Can she trust Paul to help her, when everyone has always told her that humans eat faeries? What will happen if she defies the Queen, who may be the greatest danger of all?
This is a book that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time, and it was even better than I had hoped. The book is also published in England under the title Knife with a different cover. The sequel, called Wayfarer, is shelved in the Young Adult section.
Reviewed by Rachel