Tithe

Author:   Holly Black
Publisher:   Simon & Schuster
Edition:   New edition
ISBN:  

9780689860423


Pages:   320
Publication Date:   02 February 2004
Format:   Paperback
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Do you believe in faeries? Not the soft, gentle kind, but the sinister, feral kind ~ the ones that wreak havoc on everything in their path... 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 them back to her childhood home. To the place where she used to see Faeries. They're still there. But Kaye's not a child anymore and this time she's dragged into the thick of their dangerous, frightening world. A realm where black horses dwell beneath the sea, desperate to drown you... where the sinister Thistlewitch divines dark futures... and where beautiful faerie knights are driven to perform acts of brutal depravity for the love of their uncaring queens. Once there, Kaye finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms ~ a struggle that could end in her death... From the author of the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.

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Author:   Holly Black
Publisher:   Simon & Schuster
Imprint:   Simon & Schuster Children's
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Width: 19.80cm , Height: 2.30cm , Length: 12.90cm
Weight:   0.242kg
ISBN:  

9780689860423


ISBN 10:   0689860420
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   02 February 2004
Audience:   Young adult ,  Teenage / Young adult
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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This is a tremendous first novel by American writer Holly Black. Set alternately in a modern-day New Jersey of trailer parks and grubby curtains and an amoral dazzling Faery court, where the faeries will as soon stab through your eye or seduce you as look at you, it follows the adventures of 16-year-old Kaye. A fast-paced opening finds Kaye drinking too much at a party, being groped by her best friend's boyfriend, discovering she has magical powers and rescuing a charismatic faery knight. She then becomes dangerously involved in feuding faerie kingdoms and faces death, betrayal and torture as she moves between the real world and Faery. The story is told in the third person, but almost wholly from Kaye's viewpoint. Consequently the reader identifies closely with her and becomes absorbed in her conflicting desires to help her friends, humiliate the arrogant Kenny, pursue her obsession with the enigmatic faery knight and establish her own moral values of right and wrong. Older teenagers and adults will be captivated by the combination of stirring adventure, erotically charged romance and the startling accuracy of the teen dialogue. The descriptions of the faery kingdom and the creatures who inhabit it are a Breughellian whirl of colour and detail. These faeries are wild, violent and completely inhuman, and the faery court is hedonistic, cloying and brutish. Indeed the descriptions of that world seem more sharp and in focus than the dreamlike quality of the abandoned New Jersey pier and the woods behind Kaye's grandmother's dingy, labyrinthine home. Holly Black has created a stunning adventure with a fabulous spirited heroine that's also a fable about growing up and coping with the glamour and barely concealed evils of the adult world. It captures all the magic of an 'other' world and the thrill and uncertainty of adolescence in a shimmering, disturbing adventure. An outstanding debut. Ages 14+ (Kirkus UK)


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Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of both an Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor. She lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. Visit her at BlackHolly.com.

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