Book Review | The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The Darkest Part of the Forest

Author: Holly Black  // Published: January 13, 2015



Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?



Ever since reading The Cruel Prince its been my mission to read every Holly Black book under the sun. There’s just something about the way she writes her stories that I absolutely love and can’t get enough of. I’ve read quite a few of her books at this point and this was one of the ones I’ve been most excited about.

Love the way Holly Black writes her faeries. She always gives their stories a twist and shows how beautiful and magical they can be while also keeping their crueler side close at hand. I’ve always loved this mix since I find that no one really writes them as she does. It might be strange to some, but Holly Black is one of my comfort authors. I was feeling a little nostalgic the other night and I decided this was the perfect read to pick up, and it was!

Really enjoyed the story and definitely loved the characters. It was slightly on the slower side in pace. I usually read her books really quickly and this one took me a little longer but definitely still loved it. The characters in all her books are usually very brave and fierce, especially the female characters, Hazel was no different. I loved how strange her and Bens’s story was. They grew up telling each other fairytales and made-up stories, while also being knights and hunting the wilder and more dangerous faeries. I love twisted stories and I’d definitely consider this to be one of them. There were some plot twists that were very fun, I might have guessed at some but I still really enjoyed the outcome of them. I don’t want to say much so that I don’t ruin the story for those of you planning on picking it up but if you’re looking for something fun that’s also a little dark and in true Holly Black fashion, then this one is definitely for you.

About the Author


Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty fantasy novels for kids and teens. She has been a finalist for an Eisner Award and the Lodestar Award, and the recipient of the Mythopoeic Award, a Nebula, and a Newbery Honor. Her books have been translated into 32 languages worldwide and adapted for film. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret library.





What’s your favourite Holly Black book?

8 thoughts on “Book Review | The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

  1. I really enjoyed this one too, it has that dark, eerie small town atmospheric feeling. And I agree, I love how Holly Black always shows us the cruel side of the faeries and not only constantly talking about how beautiful they are 😂


  2. Ahh I’m glad you liked this, lovely review!! The folk of the air series is high on my tbr, I really want to start on holly black’s books. It seems like everyone has already read that series lol😅


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