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ABOUT THE BOOK
THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on January 13, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Provided by: Publisher
Rating: 5 stars
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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?
I am a huge fan of Holly Black’s writing. The author herself is also pretty awesome. So I am so excited to be able to be a part of this tour which gave me the chance to read THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST early. Hers are some of the very first YA faerie stories I read before I became a blogger and I was totally enchanted by her writing and her characters. So of course when I learned of this new novel I was over-the-moon excited.
And it was so awesome. It lived up to every expectation I had for it. I love, love, LOVED it. Here’s what I thought…
THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST invites readers in with its opening lines that have this wonderful, magical, fairytale quality to them. They lead readers into a world that is beautiful and alluring, dark and dangerous. They speak of a story that promises to be different and interesting and imaginative. They captivate readers who will remain enthralled until the story’s close.
Holly Black sets the stage with her enchanting and spellbinding prologue that introduces a boy who slumbers in a glass coffin in the woods. A boy with horns and pointed ears who never ages, who can’t be woken, and whose coffin can’t be broken. A boy who fascinates everyone who sees him, but especially Hazel and her brother Ben who have both shared with him, their sleeping prince, their most intimate secrets.
The story unfolds at first as if Fairfold is an ordinary town and its residents ordinary folks. But bit by bit it becomes apparent that it and they are anything but. It is a town and people plagued by faery mischief. One that must follow certain rules and look the other way when the occasional tourist pays the price for not heeding them.
It is in this town where the horned boy slumbers. Where Hazel and Ben used to play at being knights, battling the faeries who meant to do the most harm. Where a changeling lives side-by-side with the boy he was meant to be swapped for. And where a bargain was struck that set events in motion that will change everything.
Adventure, mystery and a touch of romance await readers in THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST, along with a wide assortment of weird and wonderful faeries, some of whom have ethereal beauty, others who are grotesque, frightening and are truly the stuff of nightmares. All of whom are tricksy.
Hazel is this story’s incredibly brave and clever and free-spirited heroine, with the position of hero left up for grabs between her brother Ben, his best friend Jack, and the once-sleeping boy in the coffin. When given the chance to try and save Fairfold and the people she cares about from the faery threat, she’s eager to embark upon the quest, pick up her sword, and do whatever needs to be done. Even if it means journeying into Faery.
Author Holly Black creates magic with her words. She envelops readers in the strange and intriguing world she imagined. She beguiles. She frightens. She bewitches. Readers will delight in the fact that they get to journey to the darkest part of the forest, meet the author’s newest characters, and step into their world, even if its just for a short while in this gorgeous, extraordinary, and absolutely riveting tale.
ABOUT HOLLY BLACK
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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