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When seventeen-year-old Valerie Russell runs away to New York City, she's trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city's labyrinthine subway system.

But there's something eerily beguiling about Val's new friends. Impulsive Lolli talks of monsters in the subway tunnels they call home and shoots up a shimmery amber-colored powder that makes the shadows around her dance. Severe Luis claims he can make deals with creatures that no one else can see. And then there's Luis's brother, timid and sensitive Dave, who makes the mistake of letting Val tag along as he makes a delivery to a woman who turns out to have goat hooves instead of feet.

When a bewildered Val allows Lolli to talk her into tracking down the hidden lair of the creature for whom Luis and Dave have been dealing, Val finds herself bound into service by a troll named Ravus. He is as hideous as he is honorable. And as Val grows to know him, she finds herself torn between her affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming.

Bestselling author Holly Black follows her breakout debut, Tithe, with a rich, harrowing, and compulsively readable parable of betrayal, abuse, friendship, and love.

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"An edgy but ultimately life-affirming read." Horn Book Guide

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"Intoxicating." Booklist

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"This is a powerful book....I love it when a girl learns how to be Valiant." Tamora Pierce, author of the Immortals and Song of the Lioness

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"[A] book that tempers childhood fairy tales with dysfunctional family issues, teen sex and substance abuse." Children's Literature

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"[An] escapist fantasy complete with romance and a happy ending." VOYA

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"Black spins a spell of a story weaving adolescent subculture, the dark side of the city, and those glimpses of the shadow side that most of us miss." KLIATT

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The "New York Times" bestselling author follows up her stunning debut "Tithe" with this rich, harrowing, and compulsively readable parable of betrayal, abuse, friendship, and love.

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When seventeen-year-old Valerie runs away to New York City, she's trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city's labyrinthine subway system. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; But there's something eerily beguiling about Val's new friends. And when one talks Val into tracking down the lair of a mysterious creature with whom they are all involved, Val finds herself torn between her newfound affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming.

About the Author

Holly Black is the bestselling author of the Spiderwick series. Her Modern Faerie Tales series is comprised of Tithe, which was an ALA Top Ten Book for Teens and received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews; Valiant, which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a Locus Magazine Recommended Read, and a recipient of the Andre Norton Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America; and Ironside, the sequel to Tithe, was a New York Times bestseller. White Cat, the first book in the Curse Workers trilogy, was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book, and ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults, and received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and BCCB. Red Glove, the second book in the Curse Workers trilogy, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. The final book in the trilogy, Black Heart, will be available in spring 2012. Holly has also written a collection of short stories, The Poison Eaters and Other Stories. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. Visit Holly at blackholly.com.

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Alie, March 21, 2009 (view all comments by Alie)
I loved Tithe,
and i wasnt let down when i read this book.
The whole thing is pure Genius!
sooo good, and an amazing read you wont want to put it down!
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kisaofthefae, February 4, 2008 (view all comments by kisaofthefae)
I was very excited that Tithe had a sequal though I was nervous that the book could never hold a candle to the flame of its predecessor however I was proved wrong with Valiant and I was pleasently surprised to find this book just as dark and fantastic as the first. Still though the book leaves you wanting for more! I love the beautiful descriptions and the flow of the writing. Simply amazing.
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everyonehasadesire, October 2, 2007 (view all comments by everyonehasadesire)
Holly Black never ceases to amaze me. Valiant lives up and surpasses to the standards she set in Tithe. She not only keeps the intricate, dark and beautiful writing protrayed in Tithe, she unravels the clinches of faeries while weaving a even more enticing tale of magic.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780689868238
Author:
Black, Holly
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - Other
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Situations / Runaways
Subject:
Social Issues - Runaways
Subject:
Social Issues - Drugs, Alcohol, & Substance Abuse
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Trolls
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
faeries; fey; changeling; trickster; dark; elfpunk; Modern Faerie Tales; nomad; alcohol; YA; teen classic; fantasy; magic; drugs; wings; Newbery Honor Winner; award winner
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Reprint
Publication Date:
September 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 8
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c cvr
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 7.665 oz
Age Level:
14-17

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Product details 320 pages Simon Pulse - English 9780689868238 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An edgy but ultimately life-affirming read."
"Review" by , "Intoxicating."
"Review" by , "This is a powerful book....I love it when a girl learns how to be Valiant."
"Review" by , "[A] book that tempers childhood fairy tales with dysfunctional family issues, teen sex and substance abuse."
"Review" by , "[An] escapist fantasy complete with romance and a happy ending."
"Review" by , "Black spins a spell of a story weaving adolescent subculture, the dark side of the city, and those glimpses of the shadow side that most of us miss."
"Synopsis" by , The "New York Times" bestselling author follows up her stunning debut "Tithe" with this rich, harrowing, and compulsively readable parable of betrayal, abuse, friendship, and love.
"Synopsis" by , When seventeen-year-old Valerie runs away to New York City, she's trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city's labyrinthine subway system. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; But there's something eerily beguiling about Val's new friends. And when one talks Val into tracking down the lair of a mysterious creature with whom they are all involved, Val finds herself torn between her newfound affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming.
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