The Darkest Part of the Forest
by Holly Black
“Faeries. Knights. Princes. True love. Think you know how the story goes? Think again.
Near the little town of Fairfold, in the darkest part of the forest, is a glass casket. Inside lies a sleeping faerie prince that none can rouse. He’s the most fascinating thing Hazel and her brother Ben have ever seen.
They dream of waking him – but what happens when dreams come true?
In the darkest part of the forest, you must be careful what you wish for…”
I knew nothing about The Darkest Part of the Forest before reading it, as I have the what is out so far of the Magisterium series (The Iron Trial, The Copper Gauntlet, The Bronze Key), I wanted to read everything else Holly Black has written, and I thought I would start here.
In a clearing in the forest, there is a glass casket with a sleeping prince inside, where the local children party. Faeries prank and steal away tourists. Ben and Hazel used to roam the forest fighting faeries, but life put a stop to that. One day, the sleeping prince is woken up and everything changes.
Oh my gosh! How do I describe this book? It was incredible, awesome, funny, scary, sad, literally everything rolled into one! It hooked me on the first line and I read it in one afternoon. It was a nice easy read, but with a lot of action and suspense packed in.
I cannot pick one bit that was better than the others, but I did really enjoy a lot of the second half, I was about to give an example and realised it was in the second half (I am not ruining it for you!).
My favourite characters were Hazel, Ben, Jack and Severin. I loved finding out backstories for each of them, including how the faeries influence their lives and how they are entwined. I also like how the relationships develop and when something comes out the relationship changes.
The Darkest Part of the Forest does not end on a cliffhanger, as everything is wrapped up, but I would love to go back into that universe.
While reading this book, I described it as a town living with faeries and how they get on when everything changes. I would recommend it to anyone. 5 out of 5.