Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Review: The Poison Eaters by Holly Black
The first story, "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" is the only vampire story, and it's excellent. Black puts a new twist on the vampires-rule-the-world plot and you won't expect the surprise ending.
In "A Reversal of Fortune" a clever girl goes up against the devil in an eating contest. "The Night Market" pits a young girl against a wicked elf. "The Dog King" is a true faery tale. "Paper Cuts Scissors" is one of my favorites, which finds a young man on a quest to rescue his girlfriend from a book. Most of the stories feature a strong young woman defying the odds, and cleverly winning against a supernatural rival. All the tales are filled with a dark wonder that'll either make you grimace or smile wickedly. For fans of Holly Black, this anthology is a must-buy.
THE POISON EATERS is available February 1st from Small Beer Press.
Holly begins a new series in May with WHITE CAT.
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