Tithe : Modern Faerie Tales

  • by Holly Black
  • Narrated by Kate Rudd
  • Series: Modern Faerie Tales
  • 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms – a struggle that could very well mean her death.

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Disappointing

Unfortunately, I agree with the reviewer who described this book as morally confused and miserable.

Even a willing suspension of disbelief isn't enough to save this novel. The lead character, Kaye, is introduced as a 16-year old who smokes, drinks, has sex, and hasn't been in high school since she was 14. But it's okay, because she travels around the country with her mother who sings in various rock bands when she can get gigs.

Then Kaye experiences the world of the Faeries and ends up discovering that she's --- gasp -- a pixie (or some such nonsense). None of the characters or the situations in which they find themselves is sympathetic. I kept wishing that Kaye would end up being sacrificed after all, but was disappointed that she managed to survive her way through the book.

There's some intresting development of the faerie lore involving the seelie and the unseelie court, and some of the myths surrounding faeries and faery folk.

The narration is adequate, but no performer could save this novel.

I discovered that I have purchased all three books in this series. What on earth was I thinking? The third in the series appears to relate back to this book. I'm not sure I'll be able to listen to either one.

In all, this is a big disappointment. If you want interesting faery stuff, read Karen Marie Moning instead.
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- Jennifer

Tithe

Extremely disappointed. We bought this because my kids like Spiderwick Chronicles by the same author. My teens hated it. It was morally confused, miserable and a terrible plot. Not recommended for young teens/pre-teens.
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- LiteratureLover "ok"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-20-2011
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio