Title: The Darkest Part of the Forest
Goodreads rating: 3.93 stars (11,383 reviews)
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown Books & Hachette Australia
Formats: Paper back, eBook/Kindle, Audiobook
Imagine you live in a small town and in said town there was a tourist attraction. Local businesses thrive on selling souvenirs and for generations the local kids have held parties at this attraction. Tourists travel from far away to gawk and take selfies in front of the attraction. Now imagine that this “attraction” is not a monument or a big banana, but a horned boy that has been locked away in a crystal coffin in the middles of the woods for as long as the town has existed. This is the town of Fairfold where our story is set.
“Once, there was a girl who vowed she would save everyone in the world, but forgot herself.”
― Holly Black, The Darkest Part of the Forest.
Hazel and her brother love the horned prince and when he is suddenly no longer there; his casket is smashed and there is no trace of him to be found; they decide to find him. That they need to find him, protect him. But they don’t understand what it is exactly that they will be protecting him from.
With a central message that runs deeper than just what lies at face-value, it is a story that is guaranteed to capture you and drag you into its dark pages.
The Darkest Part of the Forest is a beautifully constructed novel. Filled with darkness and a creep factor of ten. Holly Black has really out done herself this time. This novel is so easy to fall into. It will make you believe in faeries once again.