The Darkest Part of the Forest

  • by Holly Black
  • Narrated by Lauren Fortgang
  • 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they're destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she's found the thing she's been made for.
Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries' seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.
At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointy as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.
Until one day, he does...
As the world turns upside down and a hero is needed to save them all, Hazel tries to remember her years spent pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

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What the Critics Say

"Teens with a yen for dark, futuristic novels, and maybe even a few Anne Rice readers, will find this a refreshing take on vampire lit. As always, Black's writing is quick paced and thought-provoking. A must-have for any teen collection." (School Library Journal)
"With rapid-fire dialogue, lavish details, and a wildly imagined world, this will enthrall Black's fans from start to finish and leave them hoping for another bone-chilling vicarious tour of Coldtown." (Booklist)
"You may be ready to put a stake in vampire lit, but read this first: It's dark and dangerous, bloody, and brilliant." (Kirkus)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Holly Black does it again

A dark tale with a fast moving storyline. The pieces of the puzzle are all there for you to put them together, but will you? Lauren Fortgang does a great job as a reader and most of her character voices are fitting. Mostly. I really appreciate a stand alone fantasy tale that leaves me sated just as much as most trilogies do.
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- Julie "YALitTeacher"

Love!

If you could sum up The Darkest Part of the Forest in three words, what would they be?

I'm so in love with this book. I can't recommend it enough to people. Holly Black's writing blows me away.


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- Kate

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-13-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio