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Indiebound • Book Depository • Published by Little Brown on January 13, 2015
Source: 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 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?
If I could only write one sentence about this book, it would be: This book is so magical, it made me want to write as soon as I finished reading it.
That’s a sign of a great book. When I close a book and want to write something of my own, it’s like the book hit something right in my brain and my heart. Now, not every brilliant book does this, but I think Holly Black’s writing does things to my brain. She has this amazing way of crossing Fantasy with Real World, with both sides being knowledgeable of the other. Sometimes the books that have the Fantasy taking care of Real World and RW being absolutely ignorant of the Fantasy… That gets old after a while.
Now, yes, there were some characters who didn’t quite care for the other side. That’s a thing that happens. We can’t all have hive-minded fairy-loving humans. Even the main characters have to slay some evil. That’s another thing — a girl knight?! I loved it. That paired with her musician brother was brilliant. Of course there’s a great deal of darkness and making deals with the fairy king. How else do you stir up trouble in this kind of story?
I also loved that the novel starts off with talking about the horned prince in the glass coffin. It isn’t necessarily a spin on Snow White, but I loved that he remembered what people told him while he was asleep and they thought he wasn’t listening. Also the fact that anyone who tried to break the coffin disappeared. I mean, like, weird stuff happened to “tourists” and people who were newer to the town, but there is some crazy stuff. And I loved that the one mother kept the changeling AND her own son (that a fairy tried to trick her with).
I could keep going on and on about what I loved — there’s a lot. This book is really wonderful. It also makes me want to read more 3rd person POV. I am not the biggest fan of Fantasy, but Holly Black’s style just makes my brain and heart happy.