Title: The Darkest Part of the Forest
Author: Holly Black
Pages: 336 (hardcover)
Published: January 13th, 2015
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?
The fae world is very well known, and has been adapted into many different versions over time. I happen to love the mythological side of things and I am always looking for new things to read and discover in this genre. The Darkest Part of the Forest is one book where, as I write this, I want to go back and reread it. No, it may not be some life altering novel that will fracture the with-standings of time, but it is enjoyable and we all need a bit of enjoyment.
Hazel and Ben are siblings that connected with me because their relationship reminded me of mine with my own brothers. They have inside jokes and when they are together they do their own thing. This relationship connection makes The Darkest Part of the Forest more authentic and brings my ratings of it, that much higher. When new characters are introduced in the story, this cherished bond between existing characters doesn’t change, it may falter, but it seems to come out stronger in the end.
We all know of those couples that just make us smile because of their innocence or how cute they are together. This book is full of those sweet moments, and it brings out a light-hardheartedness that is needed in times of despair. What is a story without these kinds of bonds?
Time and consideration were put into each and every character, making the plot stronger, the climax more intense and the ending that much more complete. I could tell while reading, that Holly Black composed each detail to maintain an integrity throughout the entire book. I was content when I finished it, not ecstatic but nor was I disappointed. Of course, this isn’t what every reader is hoping for, but for me I was satisfied with the conclusion.