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.
Books are for life!
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
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.
Holly Black - yesLauren Fortgang - DEFINITELY NOT
The narrator detracted from the book in the following ways:1. Misplaced emphasis in the sentences - this causes the listener to lose the meaning of what's being read2. No range in the voice work - many characters sounded the same3. Made the characters sound whiny and ridiculous and just down right ANNOYING - especially Hazel & Ben's mother - it was terrible, just terrible.
As the author prefers, if she wrote another, I'd read it. But I would NOT listen to it if narrated by Lauren Fortgang.
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