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... A fairy-tale series with a difference from Holly Black, bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles and The Cruel Prince.
When Valerie Russell runs away to New York City, she's trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Taking on a new identity, she seeks refuge 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 ... Lolli talks of monsters in the subway tunnels and uses a shimmery amber-coloured powder that makes the shadows around her dance. While Luis claims he can make deals with creatures that no one else can see. And when Luis's brother, Dave, 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, Val knows that there's magic at play in the subway tunnels...
A bewildered Val allows Lolli to talk her into tracking down the hidden lair of the creature for whom Luis and Dave have been working, only to find herself bound into service by a troll named Ravus. He is as hideous as he is honourable, and as Val grows to know him, she finds herself torn between affection for him and fear of what her new friends are becoming because of him...
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), the Modern Faerie Tales series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, The Darkest Part of the Forest, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), and the Folk of the Air series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of both an Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor. She lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. Visit her at BlackHolly.com.
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