A Modern Tale of Faerie
By Holly Black
Margaret K. McElderry Books, Hardcover, 9780689868221, 320pp.
Publication Date: June 1, 2005
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.
-- Publishers Weekly
"An edgy but ultimately life-affirming read."
-- Horn Book Guide
"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 quartets