- Series: Modern Faerie Tale
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1st Edition edition (April 24, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0689868200
- ISBN-13: 978-0689868207
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,143,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale (Modern Faerie Tale) Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, April 24, 2007
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Finding your place in the world is no picnic at the best of times, but pixie changeling Kaye finds it tougher than most. And no wonder: her boyfriend has been crowned king of the Unseelie Court and her best friend suffers from a faery's curse. In this follow-up to Black's previous two books about the urban fey, Kaye and her gay friend Corny (from Tithe, 2003) meet brothers Luis and Dave (from Valiant, 2005), and the teens are caught in the middle of a clash between the rival faery courts. As characters struggle to shape their identities, quintessential coming-of-age themes are as skillfully interwoven as in the earlier adventures, as are seductive contradictions: faeries who cannot lie nonetheless find ways to connive and betray, loyalty and love are wielded as weapons, and ethereal beauty often masks cruelty of the ugliest sort. The chilling game of wits culminates in a satisfying conclusion to this dark, edgy fantasy, a must-purchase for Black's many devoted fans. Rutan, Lynn
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About the Author
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of both an Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor. She lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. Visit her at BlackHolly.com.
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The only thing that I didn't like was the fact that I know Roiben likes Kaye and I know Kaye like Roiben but they both seem to miss the boat on that information. When they're together there doesn't seem to be a lot of passion between them and according to Ravus in the 2nd book faeries are very passionate when loving someone. I don't know, I just would have liked some heat between them or something that really showed the chemistry they have and the passion they felt for one another. I kind of think Corny did better at portraying that in his relationship than Kaye and Roiben did.
This book just had an altogether better vibe to it. Everything just seemed to fall into place better than the other 2 books and none of it really seemed forced. I think Holly kind of left it open for a 4th book if she so desires. There are a few relationships and situations left open...like: Roiben and his sister's (Ethine) relationship; what happens with Talathain (b/c he's clearly pissed and not happy about the outcome of things); and what happens with Roiben and his new place in the Faerie world...how does that all work out. I don't know if that's the plan for later on or if this was just it but I DO know that if there is another book....I will be reading it too.
But mostly the thing I found odd was that Ironside seems to be an ending. If this is the end why write Valiant at all, yes there are cameos on all sides through the three books but it's still off. Unless Valiant's purpose was to introduce Luis and Dave, but if it was why have Val as the center of the story instead of Luis and Dave themselves. I don't know, Guess I'm hoping there will be more books. it would suck to have all these questions go unanswered. And because these are some seriously good reading.