Friday, 8 October 2010

Tithe by Holly Black

A Dark Faery Tale
review by Maryom

Kaye has always seen faeries and had the ability to make strange things happen - like bringing an old carousel horse to life - but when she saves the life of a strange, handsome, young man she finds herself dragged into the power struggles of a dark, perverse faery land.

I picked up Tithe on the recommendation of my daughter - you know children are growing up when they say 'Read this book - it's good' and you find it is - not merely at a child's level. A book about faeries but, as my daughter says, "not the soft sweet sort that sing you to sleep" - these faeries are self-centred and cruel, treating humans as toys and playthings.
It's peopled with a totally believable cast of characters from Kaye's drunken wannabe rock star mother to the mean, manipulative Faery Queen and set against a modern day backdrop where trailer park merges into Faeryland.
Although aimed at teenagers and YA, it's a wonderful book for any lover of fantasy fiction.

Read my daughter's review of the sequel, Ironside, on her blog.

Maryom's review - 4.5 stars
Publisher - Simon & Schuster

Genre - YA Fantasy



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