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ISBN: 031621308X     ISBN-13: 9780316213080
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
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Published: January 2016

Annotation: In the town of Fairfold, where humans and fae exist side by side, a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives awakes after generations of sleep in a glass coffin in the woods, causing Hazel to be swept up in new love, shift her loyalties, feel the fresh sting of betrayal, and to make a secret sacrifice to the faerie king.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Fairies; Fiction.
Magic; Fiction.
Love; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2016000867
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.25" W x 1.00" (0.65 lbs) 328 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 171329
Reading Level: 5.7   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 13.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q65120
Reading Level: 5.5   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 20.0
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Contributor Bio(s): Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, including Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale and the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick series, Newbery Honor Doll Bones, and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Holly currently lives in New England with her husband and son, in a house with a secret door.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Fall)
Fairfold townspeople smugly believe only foolish tourists, lured by the horned prince in the unbreakable glass coffin, risk bringing harm to themselves by offending the fae. Hazel and Ben Evans, who hunt the beautiful but terrible creatures of the forest, know differently. When the coffin is shattered, Hazel's memories start breaking open, too. Author Black blends magic with the ordinary world deftly and believably.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2015 #1)
The people of Fairfold live beside the fairy folk with scant worry and not a little smugness. After all, only foolish tourists, lured to town by legend and the beautiful horned prince in the unbreakable glass coffin, risk bringing harm to themselves by offending the fae. Hazel and Ben Evans, growing up in the woods and left to themselves through the benign neglect of their bohemian parents, know differently. As children they stumbled upon a corpse and afterwards began hunting the monsters of the forest, Ben stunning the creatures with his enchanting music and Hazel wielding the powerful sword she discovered. Five years later, wounded by heartache, sixteen-year-old Hazel barely recognizes her childhood self; now she kisses too many boys in an attempt to repress painful memories, while Ben kisses boys in a desperate search for requited love. When the glass coffin is discovered shattered and empty, Hazel's memories start breaking open, too, as she confronts secrets kept, bargains made, and her feelings for Ben's best friend, Jack, a changeling boy. Author Black blends magic with the ordinary world deftly and believably; intoxicated teens dance on the horned boy's coffin in the woods as tinny music plays from their iPods. Her empathetic protagonists are familiar in their vulnerability but compelling in their bravery. Rich descriptions of beautiful but terrible creatures and the thorny briar circling a fairy mound draw readers in to the vividly conjured world. Like a true fairy tale, Black's story weds blinding romance and dark terrors, but her worthy heroes are up to the challenge of both. lauren adam Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 November #1)

Fairfold is a contemporary American town long beset by fairies. This isn't a secret—rather it's a tourist attraction that provides the citizens with a healthy source of income (although the visitors do occasionally get eaten by the more dangerous fairies). Hazel, a local high school student, is in love with the town's biggest tourist attraction, a fairy prince who has slept for generations in a glass coffin in the forest. In this, she has a friendly rivalry going with her gay brother, Ben, who also loves the sleeping prince. Things have been unbalanced in Fairfold ever since a mortal woman refused to return a changeling—who grew up to be Hazel and Ben's friend Jack—to the fairies. Now even Fairfold natives are being attacked, and after someone frees the sleeping prince, Hazel rediscovers her secret debt to the fairies. Close in tone to some of Charles de Lint's work, it's an enjoyable read with well-developed characters and genuine chills, though perhaps not as original as Black's earlier supernatural excursions. Ages 12–up Agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. (Jan.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 October)

Gr 8 Up—Fairfold is no ordinary town. Its citizens live in uneasy détente with the surrounding forest's magical Folk. Like most residents, siblings Hazel and Ben fear and desire the magic that hovers just out of reach. The Fae gifted Ben with a supernatural musical ability that he cannot control. Hazel's own bargain with the Folk causes her many sleepless nights. Fairfold's fragile equilibrium tips when Hazel frees imprisoned Prince Severin, setting in motion a war with Severin's father, the Faerie king. Hazel and Ben will have to confront long-buried secrets if they want their town to survive. Once again, Black examines the intersection between self-reliance and guilt. Neither Hazel nor Ben nor Hazel's love interest, Jack, can combat the Faerie attack until they reveal their secret desires, often transformed and augmented by Folk magic. Black deeply embeds these conflicts in her story, but anecdotes and flashbacks pull readers away from present action, curiously slowing the pacing into a dreamlike holding pattern. Action scenes pepper the story, but the author's detailed world-building continually restrains the pace. Lush settings juxtapose the wild, alien nature of Faerie against the normalcy of mortal existence. Familiar tropes like Hazel's romance with changeling Jack and her conflict with the Faerie king will not surprise readers much, although Ben's crush on Prince Severin provides interest. While not Black's best, it is still better than most teen fantasy. Pair with the faster-paced "Modern Faerie Tales" (S. & S.), or, for a satisfying slow build and dense setting, try Robin McKinley's novels.—Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CT

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