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. Volume XVII Number 1. . . .September 3, 2010
With little magic left and a dying queen, the lives of the remaining faeries of the Oak are threatened. The impossible quest to restore the magic of the Oakenfolk is placed on the slender shoulders of 15-year-old Linden, the Olkenfolk's smallest and youngest. In a parallel story, readers meet Timothy, the son of missionaries. Raised in Uganda, Timothy is not adjusting well to life at his English boarding school. He is suspended for fighting and sent to stay with his cousin, Paul, and Paul's wife, Peri (aka Knife), in Oakhaven – a property with a remarkable oak tree. Soon the lives of Linden and Timothy become entwined, and their mutual survival from the evil Empress depends on Linden's success.
Wayfarer is R.J. Anderson's second installment chronicling the lives of the faeries of the Oak, though reading the first, Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter, is not required to understand the action contained in Wayfarer. The story begins slowly as Anderson takes care in introducing the internal logic of her faery world within our modern world. However, young female readers will be effortlessly drawn to the sweetness and determination of tiny Linden, and their interest will be sustained by the quick pace of action once the logic of the faery world is established.
Caroline Higgins is a Community Outreach Librarian for Calgary Public Library's Saddletowne branch opening in 2011.
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