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This is not a book i would recommend at all, to teens or adults, its both disturbing and badly written.
Im sorry i cant bring a more positive review on this, but i don't want to lie, for i firmly believe that buying this will be a waste of your time and money. If you want anymore positive reviews or some recommendations, i currently have some other reviews and more on their way!!!
I hope this has helped and thanks for reading!
I've also noticed that for a second time, Black uses a somewhat improbable set-up to kick-start the heroine's adventure - the main character's sudden and somewhat soapy discovery that her mum is having it off with her boyfriend. Whilst I have no doubt that there are mothers who like to bonk their teenage daughter's boyfriend, this is so briskly dealt with and so totally lacking in credibility, that I found myself wishing that Black had found a less contrived way of sending Val running off into the city.
Valiant is a much darker book than Tithe.Read more ›
However, I was intrigued by the glimpses I was getting of the magical world beneath the surface and where the story finally got me was when Ravus was introduced. I thought the haunted troll, banished from the Seelie Court, was a great character and I totally bought Val's feelings for him. Pairings either work for me or they don't and this one just worked for me. The blurb describes it as Beauty and the Beast and that description works if you think of Val as the beast - she's the pissed-off one who wants to fight back at the world and Ravus is the one who calms her and loves her, flaws and all.
The fairy-tale details that Holly Black decorates this story with are just beautiful to picture (presumably the squalor of the sewer-life is done deliberately to contrast with this). Ravus tells Val about his past by creating images from the smoke of a candle, there's a harp that's strung with strands of hair from the dead, and their ethereal voices can be heard when a strand is plucked. These were my favourite moments in the book; gorgeous and heart-breaking.
The plot kicks into high gear in the last 100 pages and it was then that I found I couldn't put the book down until I finished. And I got an ending I liked - it's not too prettily tied up and there are consequences for the characters, but it was happy enough to leave me with a smile on my face.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
came on time and now I have all the 3 books, brilliant read, read it under 24hours as I couldn't put it downPublished 9 months ago by staceywhite
I read it from beginning to end in one sitting! Two hours of pure entertainment and enjoyment in this magical story.Published on 24 July 2014 by Kate Keller
What a really nasty little book, largely about foul, cruel, sadistic people. It is however, a good study of what happens to some people when they get addicted, but did I really... Read morePublished on 19 Aug. 2012 by Pandorapus
First of all, I was surprised that this book held only a small appearance of one of the characters who was introduced in Tithe. Read morePublished on 17 Oct. 2011 by Stepping Out of the Page
Don't read this if you like cats. I wish I hadn't. Plus,there isn't really any character development or depth to the characters. Read morePublished on 9 Sept. 2011 by reader
Steadfastly and resolutely sitting in my top 3 favourites. Not to be thought of as a sequel, but rather a parrallel to the world explored in Tithe. Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2011 by Gemma Bevan
Enjoyable read! Excellent for teens! The story runs alongside Tithe and Ironside - but tells the story of Luis and his brother Dave. Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 2010 by Herbie
it was a very good book, if you liked it you should read tithe, by holly black. wicked lovely by melissa marr or my personal favourite city of ashes by cassandra clare.Published on 20 April 2009 by Elsa Brittain