Book Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
This weeks read was a Christmas gift from husband dearest and man does he know me well!
Fairfield is no ordinary town. It’s townspeople are no strangers to the faeries, hags, hobgoblins and the like that they share their forest with, and are well versed in the lore of these ancient ones ways. They never go out on the full moon, always wear charms for protection from tricksters, and regularly salt the entrances to their homes. Deep in the forest lies a fairy boy, asleep for as long as anyone can remember in a glass coffin, unbreakable and impervious to destruction. Siblings, Hazel and Ben have visited the Elf Prince, (as they have dubbed him) thousands of times over the years. Whispering secrets and creating a shared fantasy of stories about who the Fairy Prince is and the adventures they would have if he was awakened; fighting all the evil monsters of the wood. Now 16 and 17, Hazel and Ben no longer share tales between them of the Fairy Prince or fight monsters in the woods, until the day comes that Hazel awakens in bed with muddy feet and pieces of glass embedded in her hands. She quickly learns that the Fairy Princes’ coffin has been shattered and he is no where to be found. The brother and sister duo embark on an epic battle that could mean the life or death of everyone in the town.
I have been a fan of Holly Black ever since reading her book, Coldest Girl in Coldtown a few years back and she didn’t disappoint with The Darkest Part of the Forest. As an urban fantasy, I will say it took me a good 40 pages to get into the groove of this town being totally cool with fairies and hags hanging out in the forest, playing tricks on tourists and rude townsfolk. There were some flashbacks to Hazel and Bens younger years which laid some groundwork for plot development throughout the rest of the novel as well. I enjoyed the diversity of characters and relationships, which is always refreshing. This book has plenty of action, character development, and blooming relationships which certainly kept me engaged and binging until I could finish! Darkly fanciful, it was a book I could easily gobble up. And was that a subtle mention of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant that Hazel was reading? Oh how I love little literary nuggets like that!
Overall, highly recommend adding this one to your TBR list!