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    When 17-year-old Valerie Russell 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. Impulsive Lolli talks of monsters in the subway tunnels they call home and shoots up a shimmery amber-colored powder that makes the shadows around her dance. Severe Luis claims he can make deals with creatures that no one else can see. And then there's Luis' brother, timid and sensitive Dave, who makes the mistake of letting Val tag along as he makes a delivery to a woman who turns out to have goat hooves instead of feet.

    When a bewildered Val allows Lolli to talk her into tracking down the hidden lair of the creature for whom Luis and Dave have been dealing, Val finds herself bound into service by a troll named Ravus. He is as hideous as he is honorable. And as Val grows to know him, she finds herself torn between her affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming.

    Best-selling author Holly Black follows her breakout debut, Tithe, with a rich, harrowing, and compulsively readable parable of betrayal, abuse, friendship, and love.

    ©2005 Holly Black (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Company

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    "Beneath its darkness, readers find well-rendered characters, a gripping plot, and pure magic." ( School Library Journal)
    "Exotic, sexy undercurrents....deliciously overripe writing, and [an] intoxicating, urban-gothic setting." ( Booklist)

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    • linda
    • 04/06/2016

    Amazing modern fantasy

    I read a lot of negative reviews about the modern fairy novels and was hesitant to start this one. But I'm honestly really glad I did. I loved Holly Black's Darkest Part of the Forest and really wanted to read another of her novels. This novel took fairy tales and gave them a very real and twisted feel and fresh modern edge to their world and it always surprised me. I admit a little slow in the middle but just a little.

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    • twoodtoyou
    • 28/02/2008

    Faeries are everywhere!

    This is a dark and hope filled fairy-tale. I’ve read the previous story written by Holly Black called Tithe, also a very good tale, but I don’t think it’s necessary to read her works in order. This novel stands alone. It’s a wonderful fantasy of a runaway teen finding love and redemption in the reeling squalor of faeries run amuck in the iron poisoned city. The plot is highly inventive, the descriptions glaringly real and overall, it’s truly original. I enjoyed it very much and highly recommend it to those interested in the genre.

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    • M. K. Clarke
    • 22/12/2019

    Story was good, narrator was yeesh.

    Couldn't handle the narrator, had to listen to the book on 1.5 speed. Totally ruined the characters with her very strange inflections and over-the-top voices.

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    • 🎧AudiobookFiend
    • 14/10/2018

    Wondrous to imagine fantasy in our own setting!

    Although this book didn’t feature my favorite characters, the link was satisfying too. :) The story was incredibly realistic and wondrous to imagine fantasy in our own setting. And that it can happen to anyone under any conditions.

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    • Hanna
    • 25/03/2017

    Amazing story telling!

    I had read this series in highschool and loved it then as much as I do now.
    Holly Black's writing is so well done with vivid detail and beautifully woven words.

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    • Alexandra P. Fors
    • 29/05/2016

    One of my favorite contemporary fantasies

    Well crafted and engrossing. Great cast of characters. Rich modern fantasy environment. I have listened to this book no fewer than ten times since I found it as a kid. I finally had to download it when the library disc-copy began skipping. One of my most satisfying purchases with lots of replay value.

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    • David S.
    • 31/07/2006

    needs something

    the book is basically a fantasy novel where a runaway encounters a fairy community in the inner city, which isn't too bad of a story to tell. the book starts out with good momentum; however, throughout the book i felt it lacked something. i can't pinpoint whether it is the transition from reality to fantasy from the author, who writes better of the drug and homeless experience than the fairy or the reader, who sometimes reads rather flat. it is an ok mystery/fantasy but if you have others to listen to then go with them first.

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    • abby
    • 30/12/2020

    best subway reread for 30 somethings in NYC

    If your into ya fantasy and nostalgic for something from your youth this is always a solid Subway read it's short and it's got some great visuals for New Yorkers.

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    • Jamie G
    • 10/12/2020

    Great

    I love the way the author paints pictures of the characters through her words. This book definitely keeps you on your toes. Usually I can figure out what will happen before I fish the book, but in this book the "pimp hand is strong ". Slaps you right back into your place. 😂😂😳

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    • Colleen Vasquez
    • 09/12/2020

    My favorite out of 3

    I absolutely love this book. When I first read it I couldn’t get enough of it. I have probably read this book more than 6 times. When it was on sale on audible I had to purchase it.

    I was always hoping holly would release a sequel to this but it never happened. Maybe it wasn’t as popular as Tithe.

    It does have drug use so beware if it is a trigger for you.

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    • Hanna Schönrock
    • 01/12/2019

    Love it!!! Wo sind die anderen beiden Teile?!

    Meine ABSOLTE LIEBLINGSREIHE. Urban Fantasy gemixt mit "Dreck". Ich finde auch das Thema Drogenabhängigkeit mega gut behandelt. Holly Blacks Art von Feen/Elfen ect. ist eine grobe und düstere. Umso mehr gefallen mir die Geschichten, denn es ist nicht romantisiert und langweilig. Die Charaktere sind ebenfalls interessant. Zur Sprecherin muss ich sagen dass es mir zwischendurch minimal zu emotionslos war aber insgesamt sehr gut vorgetragen. Ich frage mich nur warum es die anderen Teile nicht gibt.

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