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Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.
Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.
At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.
Until one day, he does…
As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?
Even as someone who doesn’t normally like books about fairies (or faeries), I was seduced by Black’s story and swept away into this world where our world meets the magic world. For starters, Black’s writing is just lovely — but isn’t it always? — and so the prose alone is enticing. But then her characters come to life, their personalities brought to life anecdotally as the bigger plot unfolds.
I was continually surprised and enchanted by this book — The Darkest Part of the Forest has plenty of twists and turns, and really gives readers something delightfully surprising and wholly satisfying in ever aspect. Writing, plot, characters, etc. … each element of the book stands up on its own, but when brought together here with Black’s skills, the end result is just a masterpiece.
Look for The Darkest Part of the Forest in stores now.
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Title: THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST
Author: Holly Black
Pub. Date: January 13, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads
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Ten winners will each receive a finished copy of The Darkest Part of the Forest. Enter to win HERE!
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Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of both an Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor. Her new books are The Darkest Part of the Forest, a return to faerie fiction, and The Iron Trial, the first book in a middle grade fantasy series, Magisterium, co-authored by Cassandra Clare. Holly currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.
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