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An original blend of modern music and magic in a contemporary urban setting, Emma Bull's novel is exceptional in its portrayal of a faerie world that exists alongside our own. It's even more extraordinary for the way it manages to find magic in everyday life. Musician Eddi McCandry has reached a crossroads in her life. She just broke up with her boyfriend and has decided to quit the band she plays for. Things could be worse -- her boyfriend was a creep, and the band was mostly out of work -- but they could be better, too. Eddi's money is running low, and the idea of a regular job repels her. She seeks options, wondering whether it would better to abandon her hopes and dreams or risk it all for one last chance at stardom.
At this juncture there appears a phouka, a being that alternately assumes the form of a dog and a man. This fantastic -- and frequently annoying -- creature informs Eddi she's to play a vital role in the upcoming battle between the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. The phouka turns Eddi's reality upside down just as she's trying to pull together the pieces of her life. And things are about to get even worse: A battle is meaningless without loss; victory in war is impossible when no one dies. Eddi Chandry is an ordinary mortal, chosen to bring her mortality to a battlefield of immortals -- and neither side is particularly happy about it. (Joel Feigenbaum)