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 pointy 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 and a hero is needed to save them all, Hazel tries to remember her years spent pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?
©2015 Holly Black (P)2015 Hachette Audio
"Teens with a yen for dark, futuristic novels, and maybe even a few Anne Rice readers, will find this a refreshing take on vampire lit. As always, Black's writing is quick paced and thought-provoking. A must-have for any teen collection." (School Library Journal)
"With rapid-fire dialogue, lavish details, and a wildly imagined world, this will enthrall Black's fans from start to finish and leave them hoping for another bone-chilling vicarious tour of Coldtown." (Booklist)
"You may be ready to put a stake in vampire lit, but read this first: It's dark and dangerous, bloody, and brilliant." (Kirkus)
A dark tale with a fast moving storyline. The pieces of the puzzle are all there for you to put them together, but will you? Lauren Fortgang does a great job as a reader and most of her character voices are fitting. Mostly. I really appreciate a stand alone fantasy tale that leaves me sated just as much as most trilogies do.
I'm so in love with this book. I can't recommend it enough to people. Holly Black's writing blows me away.
Fans of YA fiction like Mortal Instruments and Divergent will love this cute fairytale re-telling! This narrator is fantastic- 2nd series I've heard by her and she's still surprising me with new accents!
Wonderfully written fairytale with excellent world building! I was hooked from the very first paragraph. Excellent narration! I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
Was not what I expected but anticipated every drive to school to drop my daughter off and pick her up again as listening to this audio book is greatly
Of all the contemporary SF writers who tackle Faerie, Holly Black seems to me to be the one who *gets* it. Her Faerie is beautiful and frightening, dark and wild, its inhabitants neither good nor evil but amoral, alien, dangerous, and mesmerizing. No other writer I know of has managed to evoke the appalling draw of glamour, the irresistible undertow-strong pull of a desire that is impossible to fight - even when everything sane inside a person screams that it is stupid and fatal and unwanted - because it's impossible to get the brain and body to line up and even try to fight at all. She is all the more extraordinary for having found ways to blend the Faerie of ballads and fables with the largely unconnected old and dark versions of fairy-tales, to weave a world which is all the more alien because it is so well known.
The Darkest Part of the Forest is all of that and more, because Black layers this incredibly rich and vivid Faerie with an equally evocative - though more sparing - depiction of life in a very strange and yet very recognizable small town largely dependent on its tourists, and again with a truly complex and troubling depiction of an unusual family and two siblings' childhoods in it, alternately glorious (or perhaps the word should be *glamorous*) and damagingly neglectful. (And, in a world filled with formulaic romances, predictable from page 3, let us stop for a moment to consider with respect a story in which - although there is indeed romance - the central, pivotal, close, flawed but unbelievably powerful relationship is between brother and sister.)
That layering, where every part reflects back on every other, and where the individual characters are just as vividly filled out as the world they inhabit and the dialogue is almost startlingly believable, combine with a truly gripping, fast-paced, complex but never overly complicated plot to make this a book I am going to read - or listen to - over and over again.
Lauren Fortgang's reading, while not quite up to the full scope of the novel, is still more than good enough to allow the novel to shine through, and provide a companion aspect to it. At times her intonation has overtones of Kate Reading, and at times Anne Hathaway in the Princess Diaries, and often is very much her own. A good reading is one which not only doesn't get in the way of the text but adds a dimension to it, and Fortgang achieves this mark with room to spare.
Avid reader....& now obsessed with Audible!! Enjoy high fantasy, historical sagas, science fiction, tend to favor YA & LOVE a trilogy!!
Holly Black is awesome & I love Lauren Fortgang's narration of this story. I finished it in one day !!!! it's a must read (listen) :)
I have ready almost everything Holly Black has written and I love this story as much as the others. Similar in content to the Tale of Faerie series. love love love this book. Beautifully read as an audiobook and a nice length.
The storytelling is really well done. I enjoyed the unraveling of character development and history. I think the author really knows how to tell a tale and when to add fun little world building details. The universe is cool, but kinda unbelievable at times given the rules she's set for herself. And there's a weird obsession of kissing throughout. The "Y.A.-ness" of it all gets in the way at times and I'm left questioning why I would ever care about shallow relationships based on no real exposition to give their "longing" feelings any weight or consequence. The post-climactic wrap-up is a bit predictable and disappointing.
I thought the performance was very well done. Great inflection. Some of the voices were a tad distracting and could have been toned down. Men's voices in particular are very breathe-y.
Anyway. Fun stuff. I've never read anything of Holly Black's before but I think I'll check out some other work.
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