The Darkest Part Of The Forest

Paperback | January 19, 2016

byHolly Black

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In the woods is a glass coffin. It rests on the ground, and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives....
Hazel and her brother, Ben, live in Fairfold, where humans and the Folk exist side by side. Tourists drive in to see the lush wonders of Faerie and, most wonderful of all, the horned boy. But visitors fail to see the danger.
Since they were children, Hazel and Ben have been telling each other stories about the boy in the glass coffin, that he is a prince and they are valiant knights, pretending their prince would be different from the other faeries, the ones who made cruel bargains, lurked in the shadows of trees, and doomed tourists. But as Hazel grows up, she puts aside those stories. Hazel knows the horned boy will never wake.
Until one day, he does....
As the world turns upside down, Hazel has to become the knight she once pretended to be. But as she's swept up in new love, with shifting loyalties and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?
The Darkest Part of the Forest, is the bestselling author Holly Black's triumphant return to the opulent, enchanting faerie tales that launched her YA career.

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In the woods is a glass coffin. It rests on the ground, and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives....Hazel and her brother, Ben, live in Fairfold, where humans and the Folk exist side by side. Tourists drive in to see the lush wonders of Faerie and, most wonderful of all, the horned boy. But visitors f...

Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, includingTithe: A Modern Faerie Taleand the #1New York Timesbestselling Spiderwick series, Newbery HonorDoll Bones, andThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Holly currently lives in New England with her husband and son, in a house with a secret door.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:January 19, 2016Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031621308X

ISBN - 13:9780316213080

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Knight, Dark Faes, and a Sleeping Prince I’ve read quite a few books about the fae-dom in my years as a book nut. I can’t really say that I’m a fan. These paranormal creatures have always annoyed me, in as much as their worlds and rules frustrated me. They’re very tricky, these things. And the rules humans have to abide by are borderline ridiculous. Having read a number of wonderful reviews about this latest fae book from Holly Black prompted me to pick up a copy. In addition, I was curious about Ben’s relationship with a certain someone. CHILDREN OF THE WILD This book is about a town surrounded by a forest in contemporary America. The forest is home to faes. Growing up in this town, siblings, Ben and Hazel have known all the legends and myths that their town has become notoriously known for – some with a semblance of truth and some that are straight out of a Grimm’s Fairy Tale book. In the forest was a boy encased in a glass coffin. He’d been sleeping there for years. He was the town’s main tourist attraction. Ben and Hazel have considered him their own and therefore very protective of the boy. Many have tried to break the glass but fail miserably. Until one day, when Hazel woke up disheveled and dirty without any knowledge of where she’d been or what she’d done the night before. In the forest, the coffin lay in pieces without a trace of the Prince. Over the years, humans and faes alike have learned to respect each other’s boundaries. But when the darkest evil begins to seep into the town, and the Sleeping Prince (now awake) on the loose, Ben and Hazel have taken the responsibility to protect their town and find the Prince before the town disappears into the forest. And as they race against time, Hazel’s secret life unfolds along with the barter she made with the fae in exchange for her brother’s prodigious musical ability. SIBLING RIVALRY It is amazing to see the dynamics of Ben and Hazel’s relationship flayed apart with every turn of the page. You see them as being as close as they are, but altogether far apart. To protect each other is the basest of their instincts and yet, there is a competing undertone of rivalry neither of them wanted to acknowledge. They’re never contemptuous and the reader can sense their love for each other. But amidst all that, there is a wide chasm that can only be bridged by Hazel’s and Ben’s admission of their guilt, lies, and hurt. Hazel, in essence, has grown in spite of constant parental neglect, darkness and violence. And yet, she was not as psychotic as one would with her upbringing. Ben, in contrast, was the one who had their parents’ shower of affection (at least when they remember to act like parents). But Hazel never held it against Ben. Speaking of sibling rivalries, this two have been in a romantic tussle against each other a couple of times. But again, they never talked about it and what they’d done to cause each other heartaches. They have this charisma that is irresistible to boys. Hazel uses hers to keep the boys away. She gave them false hopes only to ignore them soon after they fall for her charms. Ben, on the other hand, spent a lot of his time pining for the sleeping Prince in as much as his best friend, Jack pined for Hazel. THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST Holly Black knows how to construct a dark world where mystical beings roam alongside humans. It is the kind of world building that meshes modern with the kind of visceral phantasm where one would think they’re in the throes of a drug-induced hallucination. It is scary as it is beautiful. IN RETROSPECT The Darkest Part of the Forest appeals to a lot of Young Adult fans. Holly Black knows how to create a digestible world; romances readers will pine for, and characters that are more relatable for their flaws.
Date published: 2016-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I thought it was one of the best novels I read and I read a lot. My daughter and I both loved this novel. It was creative, interesting and had us loving it from beginning to end. We read a lot of novels. This by far is one of our favourites. I found previous Holly Black works difficult to get through but this book was AMAZING.
Date published: 2015-09-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from DNF review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life As I've continually said, DNF'ing sucks. But it is what is. Not every book is going to be for me and I'm not forcing myself to finish something I'm not enjoying. Which was the case with The Darkest Part of the Forest. I made it to the half-way mark and I felt like that was an accomplishment. I was beyond the point where I felt like it was a chore to read it. I would put it down for a day or two and when I went to pick it up I had totally forgotten what just happened. So I'd have to go back and read the last few pages. Not cool. To be fair I don't think The Darkest Part of the Forest is a bad book. I thought there was some intriguing elements at its core. But with my lack of connection to anything to do with the story it was hard to really care how those elements came into play. But I did like the idea of humans and faeries co-existing in this town. I liked how tourists would flock to the town. I liked how the thought that humans and faeries could live like this with the humans thinking they had control of the arrangement was plausible. Because of course the fae would not live like that peacefully for long or at all. The boy in the unbreakable coffin is an intriguing concept. Who is he? What is his purpose? But... I just found this so bleak and slow going. It was really hard to keep my attention for more than a few pages. A lot of bits I was just skimming. I felt like the writing was missing something. It just didn't have that pull to keep me interested but to also convey this dark and weird story in a compelling way. I don't think I'm the only one to admit that it's really hard to come across a fae book I like. If a darker fae story is told right, you're not really meant to love these creatures. They're tricksy and mean. And Black was definitely pulling off that part of fae characterization. But that bit where I hate the creature but secretly like them wasn't there. For me hating something also needs to come with a secret bit of love. It's how I am. Like of course I hate Umbridge with everything in my being, but I also love how awful of a person she was. She's worse than Voldemort. You know? It was great to see a strong bond between a sister and brother. A lot of YA books fail to show strong family relationships. So that's definitely a great pro to The Darkest Part of the Forest. I just didn't connect to Hazel. She has this kind of connection to the fae, which is one of the main story arcs. Hazel and Ben(her brother) hunted them when they were younger. At some point Hazel made a deal with one and well a person never comes out on the right end of a deal with a faery. Plus Hazel has this thing for the boy in the coffin. Actually Ben does too(yay for diversity). Which both of those stories sounded so full of potential. How is Hazel going to evade her deal? How are Hazel and Ben going to help or destroy the boy in the coffin? I don't know because it was taking so freakin' long to just move forward and find some answers. For such a short, stand alone book I wanted fast pace with quick story progression. There wasn't that. At 50% the horned boy is just free. I don't really see that leaving a lot of time to fully develop interesting interactions with him and the siblings. I didn't really see the point of Hazel's purpose in knowing she was meant to be a knight. Maybe I was missing something(probably...). But I didn't get it nor did I care to get it. The Darkest Part of the Forest just didn't work for me. Another unfortunate thing is that this is my 4th Black book and my 4th flop by her. I think it's time to coincide that as popular and well loved of an author as she is, she's just not the author for me. I just don't click with her writing and story telling. It is just another, it is what is situations.
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb! Devoured this book in a single day. Holly black has once again managed to make fairy tales seem just all too plausible. A must read!
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Modern-Day Knight Takes on the Terrors of the Forest This fantasy novel by Holly Black is a dark and bold retelling of various fairy tale ideas. First, there is the concept of danger lurking in the forest, which is certainly true of the forest outside the town of Fairfold. Then, there is the glass-lidded coffin in which a sleeping prince with pointed ears has lain for decades. Add to this many faeries, elves, knights, a changeling, and "the terrible monster of legend, the one that lurked in the heart of the forest", and you've got a modern fairy tale full of magic and terror. Hazel and her brother, Ben, have been making up their own tales and adventures in the forest ever since Hazel killed the green-haired hag that tried to drag her into the lake after she found Adam's dead body, and after the hag had killed their dog, Whiskey. Hazel only escaped because Ben's pipe music mesmerized the hag. (Oh, yeah, did I mention the pied piper of Hamlin?) That was the day that Hazel found the sword in the mud (sounds a bit like King Arthur, there), the day their adventures began in earnest -- Ben piping and Hazel finding and slaying the creatures with her sword. But Hazel has a secret that even Ben and his best friend Jack, don't know, and the day the Prince escapes his casket is when everything starts to unravel. This is a tale well-told. There is a lot of suspense, dread, and village panic. When the fantasies Ben and Hazel made up start to come to life, Hazel doesn't know if she will be able to continue to be the hero of the story. Will she be able to save her town and keep them from harming the changeling boy she has a crush on?
Date published: 2015-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing tale. Fairy tales about fairies is already enchanted. Nevertheless, Holly Black adds a dimension to the book that is unsurpassed, leaving no page left unturned. It was a highly addictive tale of heroics, romance and living fables that left me wanting more.
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing Amazing. Couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it! The Darkest Part of the Forest is a beautifully crafted work. With faeries and knights, it can really be compared to a fairy tale. I love how detailed the world and its creatures were; it brought out a desire to experience it firsthand. I like the way Arthurian legends were incorporated into the book so that Hazel and her brother Ben were truly living them. It was really ingenious! The town. I like how Fairfold is privy to the Fae’s activities, knowing they exist and not just playing the part of superstitious townsfolk. At this point, I was curious of the world outside Fairfold - whether it too was like this. It seems my wish was granted. When Hazel experiences a life outside of Fairfold, she realizes not all towns are like this one - monsters and magic exist simply for children. For the most part, the reader experiences this world through Hazel’s eyes, but the POV does change. Although I noticed the change in personalities, their voices did not stand out individually. This was one of the few flaws I had with the book. Hazel goes through a lot of character development. She is engaged in an internal battle with herself. She keeps a lot of secrets from her friends and family, and her struggles with this make her very real. I like how when her bad decisions get her into trouble, she realizes it when it’s too late. I was able to connect with this part of her and even though I didn’t like her in the beginning, she really grew on me. Overall, Holly Black has created this perfect blend of story-telling - one that I love reading. This is the first work I’ve read of the author and definitely plan to read her other works - having fallen in love with the way she spins magic and ink together.
Date published: 2015-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book! I bought this book a week ago and I couldn't put it down. Holly Black brings the world of Faeries to life so vividly. It was very eerie, which I loved. I definitely recommend this to any fans of fantasy and adventure.
Date published: 2015-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Darkest Part of the Forest: Eerie & Enchanting The Darkest Part of the Forest is eerie and enchanting, magical and deceptive. This is a mix of the curious innocence of adventurous children and the angst and struggle of teens trying to figure out what their place in the world will be, what they'll have to battle against in order to keep it. Hazel feels lost, aimless, undecided and afraid. She's trying to find out who she is, what her purpose is. What the thing is that will make her whole. What she does know is that it won't be being a knight, roaming the woods with a sword in her hand and a mission in her heart, with her bard brother Ben at her side, because that's childish. But still she searches. Ben is just as lost, both blessed and cursed. He's trying to live under the weight of it, under the weight of a gift he can't escape. The mystery of the horned boy in the glass coffin interests them both, more so when they were younger, and even more when he awakes. Who is he? What will he be to them, after all of their childhood fantasies? Curses and consequences. Secrets and promises. Dreams and reality. It's interesting, where our imagination takes us when we're children. The far off places we travel to, the monsters we fight, the princes and princesses we save from fire-breathing dragons. Where does that wonder and magic go? It ends up buried underneath reality, responsibility, and duty. There's no time for dreams when the real world awaits, dripping with expectations for the future. But what we promise in the past somehow has a way of returning to haunt us in the present. What are we to do when we need to remember those promises? This is a bewitching story of a young girl who dreamed of being a knight with her bard brother at her side. Nothing is easy for Hazel or Ben, or Jack. Nothing could ever be easy, not when it comes to being a teenager. Not when it comes to twisted faerie logic. This is almost like a brand new fairy tale: the brave knight racing through the trees, battling monsters and tricksters, with her brother right behind her, a flute in his hand as he pines for a faerie asleep in a glass coffin. A must-read for Holly Black fans.
Date published: 2015-01-09