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Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie


When seventeen-year-old Valerie Russell runs away to New York City, she's trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 3.500

Darker than "Tithe"

by Ellyb on Sep 11, 2008

Man, this book was depressing at times. Betrayal, murder, drug addiction, you name it, this book might just have it. At the same time, I thought it accurately portrayed the depth of stupidity a teenager can get herself into when she's depressed. Black's writing seems to have tightened up for this second outing into the world of faerie introduced in "Tithe." She's still obviously writing for teens and pre-teens but for what it was, the writing was smooth and convincing. Val is sort of an every-teen, sort of a misfit who is just trying to get by in school, and it's easy to follow her as the story's protagonist without moralizing or feeling annoyed by her destructive choices. At its heart I thought it was a pretty strident warning against self-medicating and drug use, and an ode to the possibility of redemption. I enjoyed it. It's nothing earth-shattering, but I had a nice time reading it.



by 13vampires on Sep 16, 2007

Holly Black introduces a new version of a troll (at least new to me) where the troll is simply the progeny of a human and a faerie. The book is obviously written for a younger teenager, as demonstrated by the simple diction. Black could have made events in the story more sophisticated and significant. For example, Val's addiction to Never (a faerie drug) isn't fully developed and left me wondering "WHAAT?! Two weeks already passed?! And she's addicted to drugs now?!" Fast read. Basic plotline is okay. It is great to see that Black makes the distinction that differences between the Seelie Court and the Unseelie Court are not exactly the same as Good v. Evil.

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