In Tithe, sixteen year old Kaye is a modern nomad Fierce and independent, she drifts from place to place with her mothers rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home There, amid the blue collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient and violent power struggle between two rival faerie kingdomsa struggle that could very well mean her death 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 citys labyrinthine subway system But theres something eerily beguiling about Vals 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 Roibens coronation Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thingher 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....
|Title||:||Modern Faerie Tales: Tithe; Valiant; Ironside|
|Publisher||:||Margaret K McElderry Books Auflage Boxed Set 19 Oktober 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||1040 Seiten|
|File Size||:||962 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Modern Faerie Tales: Tithe; Valiant; Ironside Reviews
This is a compilation of three UF-books, in which Faeries and their world intermingle with contemporary NY and NJ. They could be read as standalones, especially "Valiant" is only loosely connected to the other two, but "Ironside" is the sequel of "Tithe". Since the books varied a lot in my estimation, I will review them seperately. Sorry for the long text, but then, it's three books.1. "Tithe" - 3 starsSynopsis [by Goodreads.com]Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms - a struggle that could very well mean her death.ReviewThis is the story of Kaye, who discovers that she is so not what she thought she was. As is said above, she roams around most part of her life and even when getting back to a seemingly more normal life in Jersey with her grandmother, she is a highschool-dropout without any real perspective, who drinks a too much, is doing shoplifting for recreational purpose and her few friends [besides her childhood faery-friends that are mentioned] are "trailer trash". For all those reasons, getting to like Kaye even the least bit, was really hard, if not impossible: she makes out with her only friend's boyfriend and does nearly everything people warn her not to do ["just out of curiosity..." oh my] and consequently, I was alternating between thinking her too dumb to live or just plain detesting her.It was hard to read on... but: I had to admit that this was, how a creature that Kaye finds out she is, would behave. And she is a 16-year old that was raised by a rather irresponsible mother and whose outlook on life is rather bleak. So I cut her some slack - and that was a good thing. Because as she started to grow into at least some of her responsibilities, I started to like her. And the world-building kept me reading as well, since it is a brilliant interweaving of a dark Faery and a equally dark human world [at least what we glimpse through the characters's eyes]. The dangerous atmosphere could be felt thoughout the book. A long time, I was really wondering, how everthing would turn out and if it could turn out any other way than bad. When Kaye is chosen as the thithe [aka "sarcrifice"], her behavior and her adventures made me care for what happened to her - and to Roiben, the Unseelie-knight and her friend's brother Cornelius who get's into deep peril in Faery. He is the one sharing the 3rd-person POV with Kaye and like her, I did not care for him in the beginning. But he grew on me, too.Not everyone made it out unscathed and the story stays dark and intense, but although "Ironside" is the sequel, everything is wrapped up enough to not leave me hanging.2. "Valiant" - 2 starsSynopsis [by Goodreads.com]When seventeen-year-old Valerie runs away to New York City, she's 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.And when one talks Val into tracking down the lair of a mysterious creature with whom they are all involved, Val finds herself torn between her newfound affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming.ReviewWith this protagonist, Val, the exact opposite to the way I had felt towards Kaye in "Tithe" happened to me: in the beginning, I was Val's fan, totally on her side - and boy did she get betrayed at home! Previously I thought Grace's parents in Maggie Stiefvater's "Wolfs of Mercy Falls" series the worst, but Val's mother so takes the cake. And when Val runs away, I was totally with her. But then it all deteriorated. In plain words, Val seeks her salvation in some faery drugs and I could not relate in any way with a drug addict. I liked some of the other characters, but not many. And consequently, I didn't just not care, what happened to them, but I was whooping when Val got what she stupidly asked for. She shows some strength in the end, but it's just too little, too late and all romantic strands felt contrieved and so not believable. This book fell flat for me.3. "Ironside" - 4 starsSpoiler Alert for the occurances and outcome in "Tithe", since it's the prequel to this book.Synopsis [by Goodreads.com]In the realm of Faerie, 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, drunk on faerie wine, declares herself to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest. Now Kaye can't see or speak to Roiben unless she can find the one thing she knows doesn't exist: a faerie who can tell a lie.Miserable and convinced she belongs nowhere, Kaye decides to tell her mother the truth -- that she is a changeling left in place of the human daughter stolen long ago. Her mother's shock and horror sends Kaye back to the world of Faerie to find her human counterpart and return her to Ironside. But once back in the faerie courts, Kaye finds herself a pawn in the games of Silarial, queen of the Seelie Court. Silarial wants Roiben's throne, and she will use Kaye, and any means necessary, to get it. In this game of wits and weapons, can a pixie outplay a queen?[...]ReviewBecause I had bought the "Modern Faery Tales" compilation, I read the books in order. And since I really disliked everything about "Valiant", I hesitated to read this book, nearly did not at all. Which would have been a shame.This book salvaged the Modern Faery Tales for me, bacause it had all that makes YA/UF great: the characters from book one and the likable ones from book two are back and, yay, they are still likable. The story is pretty cool, a mixture of guessing dangerous riddles, adventure and quests and last not least the good kind of romance. As is said in the synopsis, Kaye is insecure, wants to fit in and, even better, tries to do right by other people, human and fae alike. This was interesting, even compelling to read. I really wanted her to succeed and at the same time had no idea how that should be possible.The ingenious unraveling of the puzzles was great to read.The world building was even better than in the first book, because Ms. Black manages to get the otherness of Faery across. And even better, she shows the differences of the Seelie and Unseelie court and at the same time shows how they are both dangerous [for faeries and humans alike]. Her descriptions made me shudder. In a good way.I was rooting for Kaye and Cornelius to fulfill all quests, since the occurances in book one made them become real [and did I mention: believable] friends, to get over the past and find something good in their respective futures. I liked the end very much, because it isn't a fairytale-end, but a believable and livable one.
I love to read books...good books. These books are kind of in a good book range.Because I did not get bored from reading it...but you have to be careful a bit about language..it is teeny-rough style.
Tithe: Before reading this, the only thing I'd read from Holly Black was The Darkest Part of the Forest. So, coming into Tithe, I expected something similar in terms of writing and engagement. With this book though, I was not immediately pulled in by Kaye, and it took until Black revealed her true nature for me to even be interested in the story (about page 100). That being said, I did read it and like the plot after all, but I wasn't entranced by Kaye, Corny, or Roiben at all. 3/5 stars, and I'll read the rest of this series to see it through.
I first picked up Tithe when I was in 7th grade, and I read it over and over. When I realized there were more in the world of fay, I was ecstatic. I am now 23 years old and I still binge read these books over and over again. They have made my life a little more complete. I 100% sincerely, genuinely will in my soul that the series will continue.
I bought the set because I liked the first book when I was a kid. The second was not good enough to finish.
Expect a teenage based story line. So the usual angst and the "not fitting in" under tone. But I enjoyed the series. A lot of Fae are mixed through the story, which is cool. Each book follows a different character. I found I would miss the previous character but it all comes together in the end. It was an enjoyable and quick read.
I first came upon Tithe as a middle school student and fell in love with the realm of Fae. After many years I found out there were two more books in this line. Wonderful story (definitely need to be older to read like 12-13) but great story and lovely imagination. A must read for fantasy/fairy lovers. Side note, I do not like the new cover designs. Much prefer the original butterfly, sword and helmet.