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The Darkest Part of the Forest

By Holly Black
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black digital book - Fable

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A girl makes a secret sacrifice to the faerie king in this lush New York Times bestselling fantasy by author Holly Black. Set in the same world as The Cruel Prince!

In the woods is a glass coffin. It rests on the ground, and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives....

Hazel and her brother, Ben, live in Fairfold, where humans and the Folk exist side by side. Since they were children, Hazel and Ben have been telling each other stories about the boy in the glass coffin, that he is a prince and they are valiant knights, pretending their prince would be different from the other faeries, the ones who made cruel bargains, lurked in the shadows of trees, and doomed tourists. But as Hazel grows up, she puts aside those stories. Hazel knows the horned boy will never wake.

Until one day, he does....

As the world turns upside down, Hazel has to become the knight she once pretended to be.

The Darkest Part of the Forest is bestselling author Holly Black's triumphant return to the opulent, enchanting faerie tales that launched her YA career.

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3.5
“This was my first faerie fantasy book so it’s hard to give a thorough review. I was expecting a lot of world building that I didn’t get. The setting was reality mixed with magic so mentions of modern tech and places brought me a disconnect. One of the characters I thought would be really important didn’t play as big of a role as I thought. This also felt slow to build up to the action/eventful parts of this story. I don’t hate this book but for it being my first exposure into fairy fantasy I’ll say it’s not what I expected and I put the book down (physically) more times than I’d like to admit.”
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“I grew up with an over abundance of interest in fairytales. I think part of this had to do with growing up in the middle of the woods, with elaborate gardens (my mother's pride and joy) everywhere. I ran around pretending to be a faeries, and my best imaginary friend was a unicorn. I also liked to a pirate, or a mermaid, or a dragon. I think it's safe to say that this has always been why I lean so strongly towards the genre of fantasy. My favorite movies when I was little were The Last Unicorn (which is incredibly trippy, someone was on acid when the did this), and Legend (which is decidedly not a good movie for children to watch if you don't want to give them nightmares). I also watched The Neverending Story (which I know for a fact gave me nightmares), The Labyrinth, and The Dark Crystal. Fantasy is basically in my blood, and I'll never let go of it. (Seriously, I have books about gnomes, and faeries, and all other sorts of creatures. Unicorn figures, and dragon figures, and a drawing of a forest with hidden faeries throughout - I find a new one everytime I look at it. It's a weakness.)The Darkest Part of the Forest takes all of your faerie myths, and adds in some new ones, and does it beautifully. The main character, Hazel (her story is more of that focus than that of her brother), is who I imagined myself to be as a child, and to be quite honest, who I wish I was now. I mean, that's just awesome.So, this book got five stars, and is officially going on my favorites list. And on the self above my bed that is home to only my favorites.(I was going to post some quotes that I loved from the book, but they're all spoilery, so I will be skipping that.)Basically, if you haven't read this book, you need to read it.”
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Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Absolutely love this book!!! This is a stand alone but is also in the world of Holly Black ‘Folk of Air’ universe! This book has solidified that I should read everything she writes because it’s another hit for me!! All ‘Cruel Prince’ fans must read!!”
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