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ISBN13: 9780689867040
ISBN10: 0689867042
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song_bird, January 20, 2010 (view all comments by song_bird)
Holly Black captured my attention with this book several years back. It opens the door to a world of fae folk beyond tinkerbell. It's dark, beautiful, and frighteningly plausible. The way she writes this draws you right into the story, and you'll be on the edge of your chair the entire way through. It's a great read for those interested in the supernatural, especially in the realm of faerie.
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Alie, March 21, 2009 (view all comments by Alie)
I love Holly Blacks books and you will too.
The characters are amazing!
I cant wait to get my hangs on the second book!
If you love fantasy and romance this book will BLOW YOUR MIND!
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crowyhead, May 10, 2008 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This was a re-read, but since I want to read Ironside and Valiant in the near future, I thought I'd re-read Tithe first. As I noticed the first time, it definitely feels like a first novel; there's a certain self-consciousness to parts of the book, particularly Black's tendency to name-drop favorite singers and authors, and the interactions between the characters are sometimes a little stiff. But she gets the amoral (and sometimes malevolent) nature of Faerie down very well, and it's a fun, fast read.
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kisaofthefae, February 4, 2008 (view all comments by kisaofthefae)
This book is remarkably breathtaking and a pageturner from start to finish. I love that Black did not try to gloss her faeries over they were all the amazing and dark creatures that they truly are. The characters are all extremely unique and lovable in their own sinister ways!
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lenore18, May 15, 2007 (view all comments by lenore18)
i lo0o0o0ove this book
as much as i did from reading valiant
im looking forward to reading ironside
and many other books by holly black<3
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A Modern Faerie Tale
Black, Holly
Simon Pulse
New York
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Fantasy
Children's 12-Up - Literature - Classics
Legends, Myths, & Fables - Other
Young adult fiction
Children s All Ages - Literature
Fantasy & Magic
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Publication Date:
April 1, 2004
Grade Level:
from 7
7 x 5 in 7.98 oz
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 400 pages Simon Pulse - English 9780689867040 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

A dark, twisting faerie adventure in modern-day New Jersey, featuring a dysfunctional teen living an illusion, Tithe is filled with haunting characters, from a beautiful man she can't seem to get rid of (and isn't sure she wants to) to her childhood "imaginary" friends. Danger is imminent, ready to rain blood and chaos down on the American countryside with unknown forces. This is sure to be a mystic tale you just can't put down.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Tripping the dark fantastic with newcomer Black means pixie dust may very well include blood spatter, sharp thorns and bits of broken glass. At the center of this edgy novel is Kaye Fierch, a 16-year-old 'Asian blonde' who spends most of her time taking care of a would-be rock star mom. When her mom's latest boyfriend turns homicidal, they return to Gram's house at the New Jersey shore, where Kaye hooks up with childhood friend Janet and her gay brother, Corny Stone. Stark images ripple through the third-person narrative, offering clues to Kaye's internal state (e.g., 'She loved the serene brutality of the ocean'). A covert sexual overture from Janet's boyfriend precedes Kaye's nighttime encounter at the edge of the woods, where she meets and rescues Roiben, a mysterious Black Knight with silver hair. Throughout, the author subtly connects Kaye's awakening sexual feelings in the real world and Roiben's sudden appearances. Kaye soon discovers that she is a changeling — and that her one-time 'imaginary' faerie playmates want her to pretend to be a human, so they can use her as the Tithe ('the sacrifice of a beautiful and talented mortal') to earn their freedom for seven years. The author's Bosch-like descriptions of the Unseelie Court, with its Rackham-on-acid denizens, and the exquisite faeries haunt as well as charm. When fate intervenes, sudden tragedy teaches Kaye about the high cost of straddling the faerie and human worlds (and sets the stage for a possible sequel). A gripping read. Ages 12-up. " Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A] stunning debut....Black has an eye for the telling detail that brings the most minor character to life. A labyrinthine plot with Goth sensibility makes this a luscious treat for fans of urban fantasy and romantic horror."
"Review" by , "Tithe is beautifully written. Black has a rare gift for descriptive language and a deliciously creative imagination..."
"Review" by , "The plot moves quickly, and the secondary characters are appealing, if not always entirely believable. Occasional awkward changes in point of view won't discourage readers who enjoy dark, edgy fantasy."
"Review" by , "Dark, edgy, beautifully written, and compulsively readable, this is sure to be a word-of-mouth hit with teens, even a few usually unmoved by magic and monsters."
"Review" by , "An unusually powerful YA contemporary fantasy, and an outstanding first novel."
"Review" by , "Not only are the descriptions of our world and the world of Faery crisp, delicious, and detailed, but the characters are intriguing and complex, also. I like that these are feral, amoral faeries and not the tame, innocent Victorian version, and that the teenagers aren't tame, either." Annette Curtis Klause, author of Blood and Chocolate and Silver Kiss
"Synopsis" by , Sixteen-year-old Kaye, who has been visited by faeries since childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny.
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