War for the Oaks - Emma Bull 3.5 stars

Judged by the material between the covers, this is a good book though flawed. Flawed by too much description. I was often irritated by the detailed cataloging of clothing - there were times where it was appropriate but usually not. Way too often was the detail of music creation jammed into the story. Used sparingly this detail would have been imperative but it was overdone and I found myself skipping page after page to get to the nitty-gritty. I was also confounded by the inconsistency in character development. Some characters were well, even beautifully, drawn whereas others seemed to be just there with no color to them.

I enjoyed the story itself and the world building. I would definitely recommend this book not only because it's good but also because it's recognized as the first urban fantasy novel.