Five Minute Friday- THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black
How funny is it that the turquoise I dyed my bangs with would match one of my favorite authors? This is one signing I was especially excited to get in line for. Although I got my hands on The Coldest Girl in Coldtown last BEA, I didn’t get to meet Holly. This year I swore I’d get to both of her signings, and I did:)
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?
First of all, this book was the ONLY book I wanted to read first and I began reading it while sitting in line for the Cassandra Clare/Holly Black signing. I was hooked immediately!
The story begins with a boy, who lays–asleep–in a class coffin in a haunted forest. The community knows there are fey in the woods, but as long as they take care the locals are left alone. It’s the visitors who need to be worried. I mean, how can you NOT want to know who this boy is, and why he’s sleeping. And when he does wake…will there be hell to pay? I can’t wait to find out more!