Title: The Darkest Part of the Forest
Author: Holly Black
Published: January 13, 2015
Source: Library eBook
I’m a huge fan of Holly Black. I was first introduced to her through Tithe and The Modern Faerie Tale series. It was my introduction to the YA fantasy genre specifically on the Fae. I loved the dark tones that Holly Black took in the series and it sparked my interest in the Fae.
This book was no different for me. I’ve grown up, so probably the allure and nostalgia of the Modern Faerie Tale series is a bit faded with time. I didn’t think this was the best novel that Holly Black was, but I was kept interested until the end. Something about Holly Black’s writing always keeps me hooked to her novels.
The Darkest Part of the Forest was such a strange but really enticing tale. A story about a brother and a sister who spent their childhood fighting the fae who wanted to hurt the innocent people of their town. It was like a Medieval ballad or epic. Like the kind you would find for King Arthur. This is probably what kept me interested the entire novel. I loved how strange, but also fitting this was for the story.
The whole mystery of the horned boy was a great asset too. There was this enigmatic air to him because no one knew what he was, where he came from, how long he’d been in the casket. When he does end up breaking out, there’s still this great level of mystery until maybe three quarters of the way through the novel.
I loved the relationships that were throughout the novel. They were all genuine and they all had their own flaws. It sucks when the people you think you’re closest to keep the deepest secrets from you, but I feel like that happens in all relationships and it’s a matter of becoming comfortable in sharing them.
The discoveries in the novel were interesting and I love how they kept connecting back to Hazel and Ben’s childhood endeavors. It’s great and it had this weird… heroic destiny kind of feel.
In the end, I really enjoyed how Hazel had to confront her past and what she’s been keeping from herself. This is kind of spoiler ish but I’m going to stop before I actually let out a spoiler.
The Darkest Part of the Forest is a fun quick read. It’s got this strangeness that’s really inviting and again, Holly Black write the dark tones really, really well.