Review: Tithe by Holly Black

Review: Tithe by Holly Black

About the Book

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 them back to her childhood home. To the place where she used to see Faeries. They’re still there.

But Kaye’s not a child anymore. This time she’s dragged into the thick of their dangerous, frightening world. A realm where black horses dwell beneath the sea, desperate to drown you…

Where the sinister Thistlewitch divines dark futures…

And where beautiful faerie knights are driven to perform acts of brutal depravity for the love of their uncaring queens. Once there, Kaye finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms – a struggle that could end in her death…

My Thoughts

Do you believe in faeries? Not the soft, gentle kind, but the sinister, feral kind – the ones that wreak havoc on everything in their path…

The comparisons between this book and Mellissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely are really unavoidable, fairies and teenagers from the seedier en of town, but thankfully they both have their own stories to tell.

Whilst both of them are dark tales, Tithe, had a more morbid feel about it for me, that’s not a bad thing by-the-way, but it did lead to a certain detachment from the story.

There were some really nice things about the book, the faerie lore was intriguing and well developed, the characters were well rounded, and less than perfect and full of flaws, and the depictions of the both the real and fey world were nicely vivid.

And the plot more than matched the rest of the book good points, with lots of twists and turns and page turning action.

All in all, just about everything you could want from a book about faeries, but for me, Wicked Lovely just edges it in my ratings.

But I have notice that people who read Wicked Lovely first tend to prefer that one and vice versa, so it is still well worth the read!

Buy: Tithe by Holly Black

Darren

Bart, is a fully signed up member of Book Addicts Anonymous ;) Despite, constantly fighting a losing battle against his T.B.R pile, he is never happier than when he manages to sneak a new book in to the house!

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18 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    I think this book has been on my TBR shelf longer than any other book. Something keeps me from going to it whenever I’m looking for my next read…don’t know why…But this review will knock it up a little bit more on the pile. I really want to read Wicked Lovely too! I have that one on the pile as well.
    .-= Chris´s last blog ..Just a quick one.. =-.

    • Shanra says:

      Can’t say your reactions surprised me. That “one before the other” attitude was something I noticed too. It’s actually a pity that you can’t really see one book/author loose from the other now. It’s a shame. I think the authors deserve to have their book read on their own merit, but the similarities between them are so great (down to the very structure of the trilogy, if what I’ve heard of Ink Exchange is true) that there’s no chance of that.

      It’s a shame because, for all their similarities, they’re completely different in tone. I am curious why WL edges it for you, though. Because it’s an interesting question, especially considering how intertwined the books are.
      (For the record, I’m firmly in the camp which thinks Tithe is a better book than WL. Makes me wonder, also, whether I’d feel the same if I’d read WL first, and I think I would.)
      .-= Shanra´s last blog ..A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay =-.

      • Shanra says:

        Oh hey, that’s mean, WP! That wasn’t a reply to Chris at all! *sulks at it*

        (Sorry about that, Chris.)

  2. Ya know, I read Tithe about three months before I read Wicked Lovely (I think!) and I am one of those people who really loved WL a lot more. I didn’t even like Tithe…
    .-= I Heart Monster´s last blog ..Savvy Scribblers: Julia Hoban (+CONTEST!) =-.

  3. Rhinoa says:

    I haven’t yet read Wicked Lovely, but I read this a few years ago and loved it. I hope you read the other two in the series. I love dark fairy tales :)
    .-= Rhinoa´s last blog ..Manga Challenge Reviews : July – September =-.

    • Bart says:

      Wicked Lovely is a fantastic read – or in my case listen! Not only is it a good story the audiobook version was very impressive.

  4. Kailana says:

    I liked this book back when I read it, but I think I like Melissa Marr better. I read VALIANT, one of the sequels, and really didn’t like it. I keep meaning to read the third one, but haven’t got around to it yet.
    .-= Kailana´s last blog ..Friday Friends – Week Seven =-.

    • Bart says:

      My library has the sequels so I’ll probably read them at some point, but I’ll probably be reading the Mellissa Marr books first.

  5. Nymeth says:

    I keep seeing such mixed reviews of this! I guess I’ll get to it eventually, but I’m in no rush.
    .-= Nymeth´s last blog ..The contents of my desk =-.

  6. Jeanne says:

    I read Tithe first, and loved it. Read Wicked Lovely and didn’t think it was half as good. If you like these two, you’ll also enjoy Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones series.

  7. Fyrefly says:

    Gah, this has been in my “to be read next” box all summer, even though it’s a re-read, and will probably take me all of a day, and I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I liked this one well enough, although I didn’t love it… but I haven’t read Wicked Lovely to compare. :)
    .-= Fyrefly´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: Tostadas! =-.

  8. darla d says:

    I read both Tithe and Wicked Lovely and found them both highly enjoyable and well written I just finished Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception, and while it, too, shared many of the same themes, I enjoyed it, too. Guess I’m not that picky! :-)
    .-= darla d´s last blog ..Hogwarts House Cup Challenge! =-.

  1. February 5, 2010

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