Thursday, September 17, 2009
This is the first book in The Modern Tale of Faerie series by Holly Black.
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.
This was a very enjoyable read. :)
I have to say that this was a little darker than I expected and I'm not sure if I would recommend it for the younger readers - but for the YA audience, it is a pretty fascinating read.
Tithe shows the meaner side of Faerie. We get a glimpse of both the Seelie and Unseelie Courts and the inhabitants of those courts. But Tithe also introduces us to those beings that do not fit into either Court - those beings that would like nothing better than to be free.
I have the second book, Valiant, on the tbr shelf and I am looking forward to finding out more about Kaye and the beings that are now a part of her life. :)
I give Tithe 4 out of 5 stars.