“If curiosity killed the cat, it was satisfaction that brought it back.”
Holly Black is the queen of fae stories!
Tithe by Holly Black was the first fae book I ever read way back in 2002, this book started my love for Fae and I’ve never looked back. I re read this book as part of #faerieathon in anticipation for Holly Black’s newest book Queen of Nothing being released in November 2019. It is amazing to revisit Holly Blacks first book, because I got to see how much she has grown as a writer. Her newer books are breathtaking and so clever. Even in this book, her Fae worlds are so intricate and woven together.
I had forgotten almost everything that happened during this book, which was expected after 10 years. This book really threw me was how problematic some of the writing was, there’s homophobic slurs and racist remarks. There’s also a scene with an attempted sexual assault. All of these things go unchallenged, even to the point where Kaye says she’s flattered how how wont take no as an answer.
On a good note, this story is such a fast paced and addicting read. Kaye has always been able to see glimpses of the faerie world ever since she was a child. She is forced to move back to her childhood home, one night she is walking home in the rain when she ends up saving the life of a faerie Knight. She soon discovers that’s she’s not exactly human, and is caught up in some heavy faerie politics.
“Crippled things are always more beautiful. It’s the flaw that brings out beauty.”
Kaye – Our Main Character, a 16 year biracial teen, she is a little unlikable, she can be selfish. She discovered that she is actually a pixie and not a human girl.
Roiben – He is a faerie knight, I forgot how much I liked him as a character.
Janet – Kaye’s childhood best friend,
Corny – Janet’s brother, gay, becomes friends with Kaye and knows that she is actually a pixie
There was a lot of laugh out loud scenes, I especially loved when Roiben came into the diner! Being in the faerie world is always my favorite, its so dark and cunning. I love it! I enjoy the plotting and tricks of the Fae. I cant wait to read Valiant in July with everyone.
I do recommend you read Tithe, as its faced paced and a fun read if you can overlook the problematic themes,