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The Modern Faerie Tales: Tithe; Valiant; Ironside Paperback – 13 June 2019
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In Valiant, the companion to Tithe, seventeen-year-old Valerie runs away to New York City, trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city’s labyrinthine subway system. But there’s something eerily beguiling about Val’s new friends. When one talks Val into tracking down the lair of a mysterious creature, Val finds herself torn between her affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming.
In Ironside, the sequel to Tithe, the time has come for Roiben’s coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing―her love for Roiben. But when Kaye drunkenly declares herself to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest to find a faerie who can tell a lie. Unable to see Roiben until she has fulfilled his quest, Kaye finds herself in the center of the battle of wits and weapons being waged over his throne.
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Childrens Books (13 June 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 800 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1471182363
- ISBN-13 : 978-1471182365
- Reading age : 12 years and up
- Item Weight : 540 g
- Dimensions : 13 x 4.71 x 19.8 cm
- Generic Name : Book
- Best Sellers Rank: #182,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The second story is from the point of view of Val, a girl who runs away from home and ends up living rough on the streets of New York, and the characters introduced here also turn up in the third story.
These three stories are all firmly set in modern day America, albeit an America where exiled fae are everywhere, hiding under glamour in plain sight.
Holly Black excels at writing dysfunctional family backgrounds; the second story is an extended portrayal of why drug use seems a desirable escape from real life (even when you are stealing from far to get it).
I did not like these stories as much as "The Folk of the Air" books, both because they are technically less accomplished (there are scenes where people change position between different point-of-view descriptions), but also because the protagonists are so unsympathetic. These are the sort of unhappy teenagers who find solace in hurting strangers - whether they perceive them as better off than themselves, or poorer - because of the power kick that it gives them.
These stories deal with solitary fae and an Unseelie Court, so the casual fae cruelty is even more pronounced here. But the humans do not seem much better. Their nastiness is limited by ability, not morals.