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The Darkest Part of the Forest Hardcover – January 13, 2015
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"Lush settings juxtapose the wild, alien nature of Faerie against the normalcy of mortal existence."―School Library Journal
*"Black returns here to the dark faery realm that spurred her initial success, and if anything, she's only gotten better, writing with an elegant, economical precision and wringing searing emotional resonance from the simplest of sentences."―The Bulletin, starred review
*"Black returns to the realm of faerie for her latest novel, and the results, as any of her fans would expect, are terrific."―VOYA, starred review
"Black's stark, eerie tone; propulsive pacing; and fulsome world building will certainly delight her legion of fans."―Booklist
"This edgy, dark fantasy will be a hit with young adults who like their magical creatures to live in a recognizably contemporary world."―Library Media Connection
"Like a true fairy tale, Black's story weds blinding romance and dark terrors, but her worthy heroes are up to the challenge of both."―The Horn Book
"It's an enjoyable read with well-developed characters and genuine chills...."―Publishers Weekly
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Top Customer Reviews
Holly Black and the fae world are a match made in YA awesomeness. No one can write fae like she can. She has this ability to make them alluring, but she doesn't go all Hollywood with them. Meaning she's doesn't overly glamorizing them. True to the tales about fae, they are just as beautiful, as they are creepy looking. Being creatures of the woods, Black describes them just as I had imagined they would look. I felt that I would have thought the same things about them, as Hazel did. There is more to them than just their looks.
As Hazel finds out, the fae are also cunning, dangerous, and are known to have a way with words. Though they can't lie, there can be a double meaning in their words. Things may not be done as one perceives things to happen, as Hazel realizes. Once you make a deal with them, they uphold their end of the bargain and excerpt nothing less from Hazel. Though the fae are cunning, Hazel proves she can be just as cunning as they are. I loved what she does towards the end of the book. If you guessed that I am not going to say what that is, then you would be right. I'm keeping this a spoiler free review. I'll just say that Hazel proves she can hold her own with the Fae.
One of the things I like about Holly Black's characters, is that all of them are broken in some way. Which translates to, they're all relatable on some level. I like that they're flawed, and imperfect.Read more ›
This book was so bizarre it was strangely satisfying. I loved the whole setting of Fairfold...it kind of reminds me of the town in The Scorpio Races (can't think of the name right now). I think setting and world building was probably one of my favorite aspects of The Darkest Part of the Forest. Holly Black has a vivid imagination that translates well onto paper. And mind you, these aren't nice fairies you're dealing with--these are cruel, manipulative faes.
Much of the book is told from Hazel's point of view, with a few chapters from Ben's (her brother) and the "the horned boy". I really enjoyed Hazel's character--she grew up on a healthy diet of fairytales splashed with reality. Somehow, she managed to maintain that wonder as she grew into her teen years, though she does develop a sense of cynicism as well.
I guess I should also mention there's a lot of flashbacks going on--so readers who despise them, be warned! I personally didn't mind the flashbacks for most part, because they revealed more about the characters. I only got annoyed when the flashbacks got a bit too long (so over 2 pages, by my books.)
Okay, last but not least: the plot. The plot the plot the plot....Read more ›
The boy in the coffin has always been apart of Fairfold and it’s mysterious history. The residents know that faeries exist, but that they refuse to get involved in their seedy world of danger. Ben and Hazel have both always been in love with the boy in the coffin, spending hours in the forest with his lifeless body. When the boy in the coffin goes missing, life in Fairfold becomes topsy-turvy.
You instantly feel the tension and danger in TDPoTF because the setting is so atmospheric and real that it almosts feels like a main character. There is so much back-story about Fairfold that readers will feel like they’re familiar with this locale and they’ll never want to leave the forest. Even when I knew the forest was full of unspeakable perils, I was still caught up in the allure of the fae and wanted to be within their grasp.
The fairies in this novel are the classic cold, calculating figures we know, but at the same time they’re completely original and an invention of Black’s mind. You’ll love them and despite them all within a few pages and it’s admirable how in-depth their characters are.
The Darkest Part Of The Forest is a slow, gorgeous and lyrical novel that I really enjoyed reading right from the start.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Modern fairy tale. With a twist.
Hazel and Ben live in a town that is just like you or I, but with one small addition. Read more
This book focuses on a town called Fairfold. The town is right next to a forest filled with faeries. Within the forest lies a “glass” coffin with a strange horned boy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by forsakenfates
It was good, but the plot was very simple. The author could've developed the story more.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I had high expectations for this novel, but as I started reading it I realized that it was a huge mess of story. Maybe it works for someone else, but I didn't enjoy it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book was amazing. I had to read it as a school book in my high school english class. i was dreading it, tired of all of the horrible school books we were forced to read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very good fantasy featuring a couple of human kids and some very dark fae. Well written and hard to put down.Published 1 month ago by Claire
Every source of entertainment seems to be recycled these days. Girl pines for boy, she's pretty but doesn't know it, and tie is altogether with a supernatural stud. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer