Friday, June 18, 2010

[Series Spotlight] - Modern Tale of Faerie

This month's Series Spotlight is on Modern Tale of Faerie by Holly Black. This is one of my favorite fae series, I think it's also one of the first fae series I read. Holly Black has created a very seductive world of danger and romance. So far there are the three stories in the series, I'm not sure if they'll be more, but I hope so. This series will be available in an omnibus on October 19th.

Welcome to the realm of very scary faeries!

Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces the sixteen-year-old back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms -- a struggle that could very well mean her death.

When seventeen-year-old Valerie Russell runs away to New York City, she's trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city's labyrinthine subway system.

But there's something eerily beguiling about Val's new friends. Impulsive Lolli talks of monsters in the subway tunnels they call home and shoots up a shimmery amber-colored powder that makes the shadows around her dance. Severe Luis claims he can make deals with creatures that no one else can see. And then there's Luis's brother, timid and sensitive Dave, who makes the mistake of letting Val tag along as he makes a delivery to a woman who turns out to have goat hooves instead of feet.

When a bewildered Val allows Lolli to talk her into tracking down the hidden lair of the creature for whom Luis and Dave have been dealing, Val finds herself bound into service by a troll named Ravus. He is as hideous as he is honorable. And as Val grows to know him, she finds herself torn between her affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming.

In the realm of Faerie, the time has come for Roiben's coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing -- her love for Roiben. But when Kaye, drunk on faerie wine, declares herself to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest. Now Kaye can't see or speak to Roiben unless she can find the one thing she knows doesn't exist: a faerie who can tell a lie.

Miserable and convinced she belongs nowhere, Kaye decides to tell her mother the truth -- that she is a changeling left in place of the human daughter stolen long ago. Her mother's shock and horror sends Kaye back to the world of Faerie to find her human counterpart and return her to Ironside. But once back in the faerie courts, Kaye finds herself a pawn in the games of Silarial, queen of the Seelie Court. Silarial wants Roiben's throne, and she will use Kaye, and any means necessary, to get it. In this game of wits and weapons, can a pixie outplay a queen?


  1. Anna,

    I enjoyed Tithe very much. I have Valiant on the tbr shelf. :)


  2. I just got Tithe and can't wait to start reading this series.

    BTW...I love the background!

  3. Michelle,

    Tithe is one of my favorites out of the series. I liked Valiant too though. Hope you enjoy it.

    Thanks Amy! Hope you enjoy Tithe as much as I did. :)

  4. I haven't read these yet but they are on my list! I need more time in the day. Thanks for the info. Great job as always, Anna

  5. I LOVED Tithe! It was probably my introduction to YA fantasy but I haven't finished this series.

  6. Great spotlight, Anna. I read the first two books years ago and never got around to Ironside when it came out. You're inspiring me to go back and read all three right in a row. I do love Holly Black's writing voice.



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