Welcome to the realm of very scary faeries!
Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms -- a struggle that could very well mean her death.
For fans of The Mortal Instruments Collection
Tripping the dark fantastic with newcomer Black means pixie dust may very well include blood spatter, sharp thorns and bits of broken glass. At the center of this edgy novel is Kaye Fierch, a 16-year-old "Asian blonde" who spends most of her time taking care of a would-be rock star mom. When her mom's latest boyfriend turns homicidal, they return to Gram's house at the New Jersey shore, where Kaye hooks up with childhood friend Janet and her gay brother, Corny Stone. Stark images ripple through the third-person narrative, offering clues to Kaye's internal state (e.g., "She loved the serene brutality of the ocean"). A covert sexual overture from Janet's boyfriend precedes Kaye's nighttime encounter at the edge of the woods, where she meets and rescues Roiben, a mysterious Black Knight with silver hair. Throughout, the author subtly connects Kaye's awakening sexual feelings in the real world and Roiben's sudden appearances. Kaye soon discovers that she is a changeling-and that her one-time "imaginary" faerie playmates want her to pretend to be a human, so they can use her as the Tithe ("the sacrifice of a beautiful and talented mortal") to earn their freedom for seven years. The author's Bosch-like descriptions of the Unseelie Court, with its Rackham-on-acid denizens, and the exquisite faeries haunt as well as charm. When fate intervenes, sudden tragedy teaches Kaye about the high cost of straddling the faerie and human worlds (and sets the stage for a possible sequel). A gripping read. Ages 12-up.
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1 . one of my favorite books
Posted June 07, 2011 by Ellie , Suffolk, UKThis is one of the books that I always keep with me and which I pick up and read over and over again. The connotation of the book isn't to be compared to classic works, however, I believe the rough style of the book stays true to the story and the audience it's meant for. Though I would recommend this book to everyone (I've even recommended it to some guy friends and they have enjoyed it) it is a teen book. The main characters are teenagers. They have their teenage problems and addictions and of course their drama. But it's not so overbearing that it disrupts the plot or the reading experience. And there is a romance which thank goodness doesn't make up most of the plot (i.e. the book isn't about the two main characters finally getting together and overcoming adversery to their relationship). Overall, it's an edgy read which automatically engages the audience and hooks you till the end.
2 . A great read
Posted February 13, 2009 by Tricia , HudsonI picked up my daughters copy of this book and could not put it down. It was fun and easy to read . I am looking forward to reading Holly Black's other works
Margaret K. McElderry Books
March 22, 2004
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