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Really Super Fabulous News: Emma Bull’s War for the Oaks...

book review One of the groundbreaker writers of urban fantasy is Emma Bull’s War for the Oaks.   After I read Laurell K Hamilton, I was jonesing for more UF reads and everywhere I turned, someone told me I had to read War for the Oaks. It might be the seminal Urban Fantasy read.   It’s set in Minneapolis and has a romance underthread with a very unlikely hero, but the strength of the story lies with the female protagonist who gets swept into a dangerous world between the Dark Court and the Light Court of the fae.   If you haven’t read it before, I strongly urge you to take advantage of this free giveaway (meaning don’t make me crawl through the internets and hold your TBR pile hostage until you download it).

Here is the entire press release from Tor:

Free Ebooks from World Fantasy Award Finalists


Last week we announced the return of free ebooks from We’re kicking things off this week with backlist titles from two of the authors who are finalists for this year’s World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. To download these and upcoming freebies, all you have to do is  register at

Will Shetterly and Emma Bull are the first married couple to each simultaneously have a novel among the finalists for the World Fantasy Award-‘Emma’s  Territory  and Will’s  The Gospel of the Knife.In commemoration of this, we’re offering registered users free e-book editions of a pair of classics from the Bull and Shetterly backlists-‘Emma’s  War for the Oaks  and Will’s  Dogland.  Check them out  here!

Each title in our giveaway program will be available for A Limited Time Only, so don’t delay. The books will be offered in a variety of formats, with no DRM. After this month’s pair of books, we’ll be putting up a new title every month, so make sure you  register-‘and tell your friends about the great books (and blogs, and art, and conversation) that are free at every day.


Let me add one final thing and that is, Tor, if you keep giving ebooks away and don’t have ebooks for the rest of the series for us ebook readers to buy, you are missing out on alot of sales.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Jia
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 13:31:01

    This might be the best news I’ve read all day!

  2. Chicklet
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 14:39:45

    Fantastic news! I hope it gets a lot more people to read War for the Oaks. It’s one of my all-time favorites — and not just because I’m from Minneapolis. :-)

  3. Kerry D.
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 15:11:41

    I’ve already downloaded it. This is a book I’ve always intended to read and never have.

    Let me add one final thing and that is, Tor, if you keep giving ebooks away and don't have ebooks for the rest of the series for us ebook readers to buy, you are missing out on alot of sales.

    I so totally, absolutely 200% agree with you on this. Get right up with the play, Tor. Halfway there barely counts.

  4. Janine
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 15:47:38

    Downloaded. Thanks.

  5. SonomaLass
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 16:25:14

    w00t! Freeeeebooks!!! From excellent authors!!! Excellent news (and proof that I check here before checking my commercial e-mail, because I’m sure there’s a message waiting for me from Tor).

    Agreed that free e-books should be matched by e-books of the rest of the series, or you’ll never know how big the impact on sales could have been. Are you listening over there at Tor?

  6. Maura
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 17:07:55

    Now if they’d do the same with Bone Dance I would be SUCH a happy soul…

  7. K. Z. Snow
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 17:21:51

    Thanks SO much, Jane! I’ve always wanted to read War for the Oaks.

  8. Michelle
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 18:19:14

    This is such a wonderful book. I hope everyone reads it. She really just sucks you in for a wild ride.

  9. Lynne
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 18:40:25

    Those of you who haven’t read WftO are in for such a treat! How I envy you the delight of reading it for the first time. This is THE definitive urban fantasy story, and I love it more every time I read it.

  10. Katy Cooper
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 18:57:03

    WftO is one of my favorite books, ever. If you haven’t read it, get it now.

  11. Shiloh Walker
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 19:02:58

    I ditto what Jane said. Really super fabulous news.

    War for the Oaks is probably the BEST urban fantasy I’ve ever read. And I’ve read a lot. :) It’s still one of my faves and it’s been years since I first read it.

  12. Seressia
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 20:31:44

    I love War for the Oaks! A good friend recommended this book to me, and ‘m glad she did. I am thrilled to pieces to have an electronic version that won’t get dog-eared!

  13. DS
    Sep 20, 2008 @ 08:33:21

    Once people have read War for the Oaks I hope they pick up her new novel Territory— Audible has a download which is what I listened to last week. It’s not Urban Fantasy– it’s Western Alternative History Fantasy but I thought it very good. There’s a sequel coming out so the story isn’t complete in one book.

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