The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The Darkest Part of the ForestChildren 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?

Five Pink Stars

“They were in love with him because he was a prince and a faerie and magical and you were supposed to love princes and faeries and magic people.”

I loved this so much! Dare I say more than The Cruel Prince

I really didn’t really know what to expect when I started reading this, and I kind of preferred it that way. I can see why they call Holly Black the queen of Faerie!

Her writing pulled me in from the very beginning. It had a very magical feel to it. You can tell that she did her research on Faerie Lore. There was so much here that I swear it made my heart so full of happiness. 

There wasn’t a single character in this book that I didn’t like (well besides the Alderking) Our main character Hazel was great. I just wanted to lean in and give her a hug from time to time. Not just Hazel though. I loved Ben, Jack, and the prince.

So not only do we get an awesome story, but we also get some Diversity! I loved Ben’s romance of him with another man. It was portrayed just as like it should be, normal! It gave me so much joy to read about his life and everything he was going through. 

Another thing that I loved of course, was the romance! Oh my goodness, the feels that I was going through. I’ll put a little quote below just so you can get a peek,

“I love you like in the storybooks. I love you like in the ballads. I love you like a lightning bolt. I’ve loved you since the third month you came and spoke with me. I loved that you made me want to laugh. I loved the way you were kind and the way you would pause when you spoke, as though you were waiting for me to answer you. I love you and I am mocking no one when I kiss you, no one at all.”

Oh my goodness! I was so wrapped up in this book that I didn’t even realize I damn near to the end and when I did I tried to get myself to put the book down and walk away. I really did. Of course it didn’t happen. 

If you can’t tell that I loved it, then maybe I’m doing something wrong. I recommend this a 100 times over! If you love Faerie Lore, and romance, and just everything good you can get in a book then read this. 

13 thoughts on “The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

  1. Oh fantastic review! I’m so glad you enjoyed this book so much 🙂 I added it on my TBR a little while ago, the synopsis intrigued me and I have never read anything by Holly Black… I am really curious to discover the worlds she builds, it sounds fascinating… and that quote ahhhhhhh it’s so beautiful, I love it. ❤


  2. I just finished The Cruel Prince and was devastated to learn that the next book won’t be available until 2019. Since you gave this book 5 stars, I am going to try this one next! Very happy to know that Holly Black has more to offer! Please keep reviewing fantasy! I have loved every book you have recommended. 🙂

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