Holly Black,
Modern Faerie Tale No. 3: Ironside
(Margaret K. McElderry, 2007)

Ironside, the third Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black, is the best of the series so far. Black writes beautifully, and she manages to set up very evocative quotes from classic authors to set the scenes for each chapter.

Ironside takes up a bit after Tithe and Valiant. Roiben's coronation for the Unseelie Court is scheduled. Kaye realizes if she is to claim her love, she must declare for him and accept the quest he gives her to prove her love is real.

Meanwhile, Kaye also tells her mother who she is and must restore the human child whose place she took to their home.

Favorite characters from both of the prior two books in the series are back, and it is delightful to see the casts of both these tales merge. One thing Black does very well is create characters that you want to know more about.

Black's writing is also tighter. She pulls you in and doesn't let you go 'til the tale is over. Black's work is very well done -- some of the best new fantasy in both the young-adult and the adult genres.

book review by
Becky Kyle

19 November 2011

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