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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Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie
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by Horn Book Guide,
"An edgy but ultimately life-affirming read."
by Tamora Pierce, author of the Immortals and Song of the Lioness,
"This is a powerful book....I love it when a girl learns how to be Valiant."
by Children's Literature,
"[A] book that tempers childhood fairy tales with dysfunctional family issues, teen sex and substance abuse."
"[An] escapist fantasy complete with romance and a happy ending."
"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."
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.
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.
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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