The Darkest Part of the Forest (Hardcover)

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The horned boy has been sleeping in the glass coffin as long as anyone in the town of Fairfold can remember. As kids, Hazel and her brother Ben used to make up stories about the horned boy. One day he wakes, sparking an adventure that neither Hazel nor Ben ever predicted. Dabbling in Celtic faery lore, and subverting stories of knights, bards, and changelings at every turn, The Darkest Part of the Forest is a brilliant book of family, romance, and inverted chivalry.

— From Holiday Picks 2015


A girl makes a secret sacrifice to the faerie king in this lush New York Times bestselling fantasy by author Holly Black

In the woods is a glass coffin. It rests on the ground, and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives....
Hazel and her brother, Ben, live in Fairfold, where humans and the Folk exist side by side. Since they were children, Hazel and Ben have been telling each other stories about the boy in the glass coffin, that he is a prince and they are valiant knights, pretending their prince would be different from the other faeries, the ones who made cruel bargains, lurked in the shadows of trees, and doomed tourists. But as Hazel grows up, she puts aside those stories. Hazel knows the horned boy will never wake.
Until one day, he does....
As the world turns upside down, Hazel has to become the knight she once pretended to be.
The Darkest Part of the Forest is bestselling author Holly Black's triumphant return to the opulent, enchanting faerie tales that launched her YA career.

About the Author

Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, including Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale and the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library. Her website is
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316213073
ISBN-10: 0316213071
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 13th, 2015
Pages: 336
Language: English