Synopsis: 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?
I’ve said this before, but I have to repeat it. Holly Black’s storytelling is pure magic. It unfolds much like her faeries’ spells– slow and small and then it encompasses nearly everything including the reader.
Hazel and Ben are two of my very favorite characters. Each of them has a secret. As the plot moves forward and backward along the timeline, you will discover each of those secrets, and you will be plunged into Holly’s always tricky faerie world. I just adore her faeries, and you will love the folktale feel of their world.
What Holly does best of all is wrap up this standalone story in a very tidy manner. I didn’t think she would. With a mere 30 pages to go, I was still uncertain. Surely, a story so well plotted would beg for a cliffhanger and a sequel. But, I was so wrong. It wraps up beautifully in spite of all the twists.
These dark winter nights beg for a trip into an equally dark, faerie world populated with realistic characters. If you decided to pick it up, I promise you that you will love The Darkest Part of the Forest as much as I did.