The Darkest Part of the Forest
by Holly Black
Goodreads Rating: 3.91 / 5 Stars
My Rating: 4 – 4.5 / 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Recommend To: Anyone who enjoys a story full of Faeries, danger and vicious characters. If you like any of Holly BLacks other books, give this one a try too.
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 absolutely adored this book. This is my first ever fantasy stand alone and I loved how quick, fast-paced and perfect it was. It had the perfect kinds of characters who were extremely flawed and still amazing. The ending made my heart swell with happiness. Even in tales with wicked faeries, we can still expect a happy ending.
I loved Hazel’s character. She is this girl who grew up much faster than she should have. She reminds me so much of myself this could have been an autobiography (minus the faeries). I loved how she was realistic in her flawed, stubborn, impulsive nature.
Every time I come back to a Holly Black book, I am constantly blown away by the way she takes faerie Lore and makes it into this tangible, very real world.
I can’t say much else without spoiling the story but I really liked this book.
Thanks to Holly Black – at the age of 21 – I do still believe in faeries. And I am so happy that I do.
This book had everything from Wicked Faeries to amazing characters – the true essence of any Holly Black book.
Happy Reading !