The Darkest Part Of The Forest

by Holly Black
Read by Lauren Fortgang

Hachette Audio | January 27, 2015 | Audio Book (CD)

The Darkest Part Of The Forest is rated 4.7143 out of 5 by 7.
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 pointy 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 and a hero is needed to save them all, Hazel tries to remember her years spent pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.88 × 5.25 × 0.88 in

Published: January 27, 2015

Publisher: Hachette Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1478955899

ISBN - 13: 9781478955894

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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

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The Darkest Part Of The Forest

The Darkest Part Of The Forest

by Holly Black
Read by Lauren Fortgang

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.88 × 5.25 × 0.88 in

Published: January 27, 2015

Publisher: Hachette Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1478955899

ISBN - 13: 9781478955894

From the Publisher

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 pointy 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 and a hero is needed to save them all, Hazel tries to remember her years spent pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

About the Author

Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, including Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale and the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library. Her website is www.blackholly.com.

Editorial Reviews

* "With rapid-fire dialogue, lavish details, and a wildly imagined world, this will enthrall Black's fans from start to finish and leave them hoping for another bone-chilling vicarious tour of Coldtown."-Booklist, starred review