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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • Julie
  • United States
  • 05-08-15

Holly Black does it again

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.

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  • Kate
  • Manila, Philippines
  • 02-02-15

Beautiful

This is my favorite book of all time. I reread it every year. Highly recommended!!

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Good listen

It's racy enough to interest the teens and wholesome enough to listen as a family. Good story with lots of twists.

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Cute Story- Awesome Narration!

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!

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A Fantastic Dream

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.

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  • DedeB!
  • Maine, United States
  • 03-07-15

The Horned Boy

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

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Amazing !!!

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) :)

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love this story

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.

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Fun Book

Would you try another book from Holly Black and/or Lauren Fortgang?

Yes, I would try another book.

If you’ve listened to books by Holly Black before, how does this one compare?

Actually, this was my very first book by this author.

What three words best describe Lauren Fortgang’s performance?

Interesting, Fun and detailed.

Did The Darkest Part of the Forest inspire you to do anything?

Yes, to read more books by this author.

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  • rene
  • san diego, CA, United States
  • 12-18-15

Loved it! It was over way too soon.

Another awesome Holly Black story. I listened to the whole thing in 2 days. It was over way too soon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful