"For fans of dark fantasies"
For six years, Ellen accompanied by her daughter Kaye and
the members of her band, Stepping Razor, tour seedy bars
and worse joints in an attempt to become rock stars.
However, everything suddenly collapses when Kaye, now
sixteen, intercedes when another band member wields a knife
towards the back of her mom. Ellen concludes this is a
prudent time to go home so she and Kaye return to her
mother's New Jersey house where they used to live.
Near the Jersey shore, Kaye thinks she is finally gaining a
bit of normalcy when she meets her childhood friend Janet.
However, the wished upon ordinary vanishes with an
encounter in the woods. Kaye rescues Roiben, a mysterious
looking Knight and finds her fabrication of reality
altered. Kaye learns that she is a changeling-and her
childhood imaginary faerie playmates were not only real,
but pushed her to pretend to be a human purebred. They
want to sacrifice her to pay the TITHE in exchange for
seven years of freedom.
Fans of dark fantasies will want to pay the TITHE in order
to read a powerful, deep adult fairy tale. The story line
is exciting and turns quite vivid when Kaye travels to the
Unseelie Court. Fairies seem so real with interwoven items
like a clear social structure adding layers to their
existence. However, what makes Holly Black's novel worth
reading is the heroine who struggles with her new
discoveries and her tribulations of keeping one foot in
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 10, 2003