War for the Oaks A Novel

Emma Bull

Orb Books



Trade Paperback

336 Pages



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Winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel

War for the Oaks, which first appeared in 1987, is one of the novels that helped define the genre of modern urban fantasy.

Eddi McCandry sings rock and roll. But her boyfriend just dumped her, her band just broke up, and life could hardly be worse. Then, walking home through downtown Minneapolis on a dark night, she finds herself drafted into an invisible war between the faerie folk. Now, much more than her own survival is at risk—and Eddi's goals and preferences, musical and personal, are very much beside the point.

By turns tough and lyrical, fabulous and down-to-earth, this novel is as much about this world as about the other one.


Praise for War for the Oaks

"A contemporary fantasy classic."—Publishers Weekly

"Emma Bull is really good."—Neil Gaiman

"One of the most engaging fantasies I've read in a long time."—Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"[This novel] knifes through the fantasy genre like a sharp blade of wind."—Charles de Lint

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chapter 1Another Magic Moment in ShowbizThe University Bar was not, in the grand scheme of the city, close to the university. Nor was its clientele collegiate. They worked the assembly lines and warehouses, and wanted uncomplicated entertainment. The club boasted a jukebox stocked by the rental company and two old arcade games. It was small and smoky and smelled vaguely bad. But InKline Plain, the most misspelled band in Minneapolis, was there, playing the first night of a two-night gig with a sort of weary desperation. The promise of fifty dollars per band member kept them
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  • Emma Bull

  • Emma Bull was born in 1954 in Torrance, California. She now lives in Minneapolis and is also the author of Finder and Bone Dance.
  • Emma Bull
    Emma Bull