Early Bird Preview: The Darkest Part of the Forest

December 16, 2014 Bookish 2 ★★★★★

EarlyBirdPreviews Early Bird Preview: The Darkest Part of the ForestThe Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Published: January 15th 2015 by HachetteAU
Format: ARC, 272 pages
Genres: Fairytale Retelling, Fantasy
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5 Stars

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 pointed 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, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

You’ll Love This Because …

Sleeping Beauty is a beautiful elf prince asleep in a glass coffin.

The brave knight is Hazel, who wanders the forest with her brother killing rogue faeries.

There are two love stories, both beautiful and heart-wrenching and perfect.

Relationships between siblings, between parents and children, between best-friends, are all explored carefully and in-depth by Holly Black, who remains one of the best writers I’ve ever read.

Midnight revels, hobs, pixies and nixies, changelings, and water sprites. Knights in bright armour. Magical swords. Faery curses. Bargains that have terrible consequences.

And through it all, the monster in the darkest part of the forest hunts …

Doesn’t that sound amazing? Pre-order it now!

2 Responses to “Early Bird Preview: The Darkest Part of the Forest”

  1. Rochelle Sharpe

    I can’t wait to read this but I can’t get to it until January 🙁 It’s been painful having it on my shelf for so long and not being able to read it because of other review responsibilities. But I’m sure I will love it.
    Great preview 🙂

    • Shaheen

      Thanks for hoping by!! I really loved this one, it gripped me and wouldn’t let go. I hope you get to read it soon (it’ll be an awesome way to kick off the new year, in my humble opinion!)

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