But there's something eerily beguiling about Val's new friends. Impulsive Lolli talks of monsters in the subway tunnels they call home and shoots up a shimmery amber-colored powder that makes the shadows around her dance. Severe Luis claims he can make deals with creatures that no one else can see. And then there's Luis' brother, timid and sensitive Dave, who makes the mistake of letting Val tag along as he makes a delivery to a woman who turns out to have goat hooves instead of feet.
When a bewildered Val allows Lolli to talk her into tracking down the hidden lair of the creature for whom Luis and Dave have been dealing, Val finds herself bound into service by a troll named Ravus. He is as hideous as he is honorable. And as Val grows to know him, she finds herself torn between her affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming.
Best-selling author Holly Black follows her breakout debut, Tithe, with a rich, harrowing, and compulsively readable parable of betrayal, abuse, friendship, and love.
©2005 Holly Black; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Company
"Beneath its darkness, readers find well-rendered characters, a gripping plot, and pure magic." (School Library Journal)
"Exotic, sexy undercurrents....deliciously overripe writing, and [an] intoxicating, urban-gothic setting." (Booklist)
This is a dark and hope filled fairy-tale. I’ve read the previous story written by Holly Black called Tithe, also a very good tale, but I don’t think it’s necessary to read her works in order. This novel stands alone. It’s a wonderful fantasy of a runaway teen finding love and redemption in the reeling squalor of faeries run amuck in the iron poisoned city. The plot is highly inventive, the descriptions glaringly real and overall, it’s truly original. I enjoyed it very much and highly recommend it to those interested in the genre.
the book is basically a fantasy novel where a runaway encounters a fairy community in the inner city, which isn't too bad of a story to tell. the book starts out with good momentum; however, throughout the book i felt it lacked something. i can't pinpoint whether it is the transition from reality to fantasy from the author, who writes better of the drug and homeless experience than the fairy or the reader, who sometimes reads rather flat. it is an ok mystery/fantasy but if you have others to listen to then go with them first.
The narrator felt a little over acted at first but she grows on you. I read this book traditionally when I was 17 ( the same age as the main character) and I loved it. I feel the narrator over exaggerated some of the attitude from a few of the characters. That being said the message still gets across.
The lore in the novel holds true. No wispy floaty shiny fairies here. There is some swearing which I personally feel makes it out to be that much more real. Vivid story telling.
Very crisp yet colloquial writing. Strongly recommend when you 17 and if you love it then read it again in your mid 20s. Still a lovable story and worth the time.
The quality of the narration.
Harry Potter and Sorcerer's Stone, because of the depth of reality invoked in the fantasy elements.
Her ability to capture magic; the voices she used for the characters, the obvious enthusiasm and love she brought to the project.
Yes, but it would be a spoiler. I was touched by Lewis' love for his brother.
It's a fantastic read in a lush, multidimensional and fully realized world. Kudos to Holly Black and Renee Raudman! I felt there was only one unfinished loose end, but that did not detract because it involved a subplot. The quality of the writing is so fine; you always know where the characters are, what they're seeing, and what they feel about it. I will read more by Holly Black, and I will certainly seek out more to hear from Renee Raudman! NOTE TO PARENTS: this story is not for children. It involves frank, intense descriptions of mainlining drugs (not really drugs, but the mainlining part is real).
An excellent example of the Urban Faery Tale told very, very well. My only trouble with this is the feeling that I'd come in partway through the story. Turns out that Valiant is the middle book of a trilogy (though it stands alone very nicely in the end).
The Fae in the book are suitably otherworldly and far less human than those encountered in Neverwhere (albeit a Neverwhere under New York rather than London). The humans are just that - human, with all the strengths and weaknesses that entails.
An excellent listen, over all-too-soon. Look forward to hearing the other books in this series!
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