A Modern Faerie Tale

Book - 2008 | 1st pbk. ed
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As the possessor of Roiben's true name, sixteen-year-old Kaye returns to Faeryland to try and complete a nearly-impossible quest that will release him from the spell of the faery queen who holds him in thrall.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2008
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780689868214
Branch Call Number: YA BLA
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 18 cm


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Jul 11, 2014

Great book!!

FindingJane Jun 18, 2014

Exploring once again the beguiling, yet lethal, world of faery, Ms. Black shows that, while faeries are mostly inexplicable and unpredictable in their ways, human beings aren’t much better. Kaye and her friends make considerable blunders in striving to get their dreams. Corny wants to be “special”, i.e., have a superpower, a gift for witty sarcasm or be seen as the brooding yet talented loner—he hasn’t quite made up his mind. Luis is desperate to save his brother Dave, even though most people can see Dave may be beyond saving. Kaye, who has long learned and accepted her life as a pixie, is terrified about what will happen if she tells her human mother the truth about her origins.

In their efforts to navigate the treacherous minefield of adolescence and the deadly affairs of the Seelie and Unseelie Courts, the book spirals into the dreamlike terror that is the hallmark of Holly Black’s explorations of the faerie kingdom. The prose is spot on, the action suitably gripping and emotion throbs from the page, as one would expect of teenagers who haven’t quite gotten their passions under control. There are deaths, gory and violent, separations, reconciliations, misunderstandings, betrayal, suffering and most of all love, which in itself can contain any or all of the former.

There are happy and unhappy endings, duels, riddles and quests and I was enrapt by every aspect of this book. It is a splendid finish to this trilogy. But I wouldn’t be unhappy to explore further Ms. Black’s perilous creation.

Nov 22, 2013

Gritty and brash. It was great to be following Kaye's story again (I found Valiant to be trying). The book really picks up three quarters the way through.

Mar 06, 2012

Wonderful book. I got it at my schools library and I finished it in about 2 and a half hours cause it was so good. Yes I am just one opionion and I love the riddle Kaye has to solve! Try it out if you liked the first!

May 21, 2007

Teenager Kaye is a changeling, a faery swapped with a human baby in infancy, and was raised by humans and believing she was human as well. In the first book, Tithe, she learned her true nature. As Ironside begins, Kaye receives some deceitful advice just as her boyfriend Roiben, the faery king, is about to be coronated. Having had a bit too much to drink and not thinking clearly, she mistakenly follows the advice, setting into motion an impossible quest she must now undertake. Along with Roiben, some other favorite characters from previous books also play meaningful roles in Ironside. Recommended, even if you're no longer a teen -- I'm not. :)

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Ah coffee. The sweet balm by which we shall accomplish today's tasks.


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