Friday, February 13, 2015
Book Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest
AUTHOR: Holly Black
PUBLISHED: January 6th, 2015
GENRE: Urban Fantasy, Faeries
PREMISE: A faerie prince wakes up after a long slumber, causing trouble for Hazel, Ben, and their small town.
MY REVIEW: If your first instinct is to compare this to the author's more well-known book: Tithe...you wouldn't be that far off. This has a lot of echoes of the Tithe trilogy. It has faeries, it has a female character who gets stuff done, and an overall dark tone to it.
But plot wise, it is quite different from Tithe and is Black's usual great mixture of entertaining and great world-building. I just love the way this author does the fae and this book is no exception to her creativity. It's a pretty straight-forward tale and so I don't feel a need for a sequel (though I wouldn't say no to one).
This is much of what I've come to expect from Black: solid writing, complex but engaging characters, a not-so black and white world, and overall a creative setting with wonderful world-building. If you're a Holly Black fan like I am, you will not be disappointed in this.
WHO SHOULD READ: Holly Black fans, Tithe Trilogy fans, Faerie fans, Lost Girl fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five coffins