Monday, April 6, 2009

Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, by Holly Black

Great story but needed a little tweaking here and there. Starts off slow but picks up speed almost going too fast and ends with a bang. Some of the conversation is hard to follow and seemed incomplete at times. There's a lot of bad messages in here that some young adults probably shouldn't be reading even though it's written for the YA audience. Including drinking, smoking, cutting school, having boys sleep in your room, staying out at night to all hours, cursing, etc. You get the idea.

Our main character is Kaye Fierch, a 16 yr old High School drop out. She's Asian but manages to be blessed a natural blond. Kaye's mom is a wannabe rock star playing in bars and getting so wasted that Kaye has to take care of her most of the time. They start out the story in Philly where her mothers boyfriend becomes possessed or something and tries to knife her. With no place to go the two wind up going back to New Jersey to live with Kaye's Grandmother.

Kaye remembers growing up there as a small child and thinks fondly of her old faerie friends. She's come to think of them as imaginary but soon discovers how real they were and are. Her Faerie friends contact her and Kaye discovers she is not the person she always thought she was.

Kaye happens upon a Faerie Knight that's gorgeous and badly wounded in the woods. He has shining silver-white hair that is very long and pointed ears. He needs her help. In exchange he says he will answer her 3 questions of her choosing. This strange encounter draws the unwanted attentions of the unseelie queen. The queen decides that Kaye will be their next human sacrifice called a "tithe"!

Very interesting reading. Like I mentioned earlier some of the dialogue is hard to follow but it's not very often so it's easy to overlook. The story is good so I didn't mind too much. I figure it's gotta be OK if there are 2 more books in this series. The next one is probably better written. Enjoy.

READ Chapter 1 and 2 of TITHE CLICK HERE

Book 2 Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie
Book 3 Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale


  1. I liked it as much as Wicked Lovely, by Melissa Marr. That's another Faerie book I reviewed. I'm looking forward to the second book. I hope you enjoy it as much as me! :)

  2. Now that I know what exactly it's about, I might give it a shot. I've seen reviews of this but it just mentioned faeries. Thanks for giving a very informative review!

  3. no problem. Glad I could help!

  4. I loved Tithe, I know, the beginning was slow.

  5. The premise of this book is awesome! Unfortunately, the writing isn't and therefore takes away from what could be a great book! When I came upon a paragraph that was 5 lines long and found that it was all one sentence, I knew I was going to have a hard time finishing it. And I did. I found myself reading 15 pages and then not remembering what really happened. I'd have to reread parts a couple of times to make it stick. I don't usually say this about a book but there was almost too much detail. It seems the same story could've been told with a 1/3 less of the pages and been better, or least more memorable. Some of the scenes with the tourture and the tearing apart of faeries in the faerie court.... it was just too graphic for me. And it really didn't seem to serve much of a purpose. Or maybe that was the purpose. I don't know.