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La Fata delle Tenebre (Modern Faerie Tales #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  61,155 Ratings  ·  3,234 Reviews
La sedicenne Kaye si era quasi abituata a seguire le peregrinazioni della madre aspirante rock star da un locale fumoso all'altro. Ma adesso è tornata a vivere dalla nonna, ritrovando gli amici d'infanzia e i suoi fatati compagni di gioco, che si rivelano meno immaginari di quanto credesse. Per aver soccorso un misterioso cavaliere dai capelli d'argento, Kaye sarà coinvolt ...more
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published June 7th 2005 by Mondadori (first published 2002)
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Blakeley Jolliff I suppose that is mostly up to their parents discretion. I read this book when I was about 15 but if I was any younger my parents would not have been…moreI suppose that is mostly up to their parents discretion. I read this book when I was about 15 but if I was any younger my parents would not have been happy. There is alcohol consumption by teenagers almost immediately in the book as well as swearing and some sexual themes. Tithe contains the situations that most teenagers would come across in normal high school life, except for the faeries of course. Whenever you're dealing with a gritty faerie tale it's important to remember that these are not your average Disney fairies. The Unseelie fae are cruel and violent and even your "good" Seelie faeries have a twisted sense of right and wrong. There is also a death in the story. It has been a few years since I have read this so I might be forgetting a few things. Of course it is up to you if you think your 11 or 12 year old can deal with these themes but I would personally wait until my children are a little older.(less)
Sara It may be dark but... Well it's not "scary" dark. There is violence and such and isn't suited for younger readers but personally I enjoyed reading it.…moreIt may be dark but... Well it's not "scary" dark. There is violence and such and isn't suited for younger readers but personally I enjoyed reading it. And believe me, I've read WAY darker things... *cough* Sarah J. Maas *cough*.(less)

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I'm going to be up front... this series? You will either love it or hate it. Personally, I absolutely love gritty real-life/fantasy stories when they're written well, and I think Holly Black does the combination so much freaking justice. It doesn't try too hard to be overly badass. Kaye is such a great lead -- although I don't always see myself in her actions throughout the book, I still liked her because she was real. I never got the sense that Holly Black was trying to impress me; she was just ...more
Julie Kagawa
May 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tithe is a very raw, very dark faerie tale. While not suitable for younger readers (lots of swearing, random torture and violence, and mature themes), I loved its take on the darker side of faerie. It deals with faerie themes like Changelings and the knowing of one's True Name very well, and Roiben is probably my favorite faery hero of all time. (Kind of like Sephiroth. If you know who Sephiroth is, you'll understand.)

The writing was a teensy bit sporadic and hard to follow at first. I found my
Ugh. I don't know where to start with this one so I'm gonna jump right in. I didn't like it. It was all just a raging bunch of WTF?! for me. I mean, it was random. My brain hurts so this isn't going to be a very coherent review.

Before I go to my detailed ravings, it's best if I gave a brief overview of what this book was about. It's the story of Kaye, a changeling, who was put under a glamour to hide her true green-skinned self and lives with her rockstar wannabe "mother", Ellen. Her life ultima
Nov 20, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, romance
Kaye is obviously incredibly lovely and then it turns out she's a magical fairy. Sure her life is hard, but it's the fairies making it that way because she's so important that they're all out to get her. Look, what I'm saying is, it's like the author tried to think of all the coolest latest trends among teenagers and tried to mash them into a fairy story. Kaye is also not anyone's typical teenager. She has super special protagonist syndrome.

I found the Faerie described by the author quite intere
Amber Baker
Jun 24, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Amber by: list on Amazon
If I could have given it 0 stars I would have. To publish this as a young adult novel is horrifying. I wouldn't read past 30 pages it was too offensive and to think it was published as content for young adults is terrible. It would be R rated as a movie. Not only was the f word used liberally throughout the few pages I read, teens were drinking, smoking and hinting at being sexually active. NOT something I would want my kids to read, or myself. I normally wouldn't dream of rating a book without ...more
Cait (Paper Fury)
I was warned Tithe was going to be dark. To which I thought, "Ooh, yes likee me please. DARK BOOKS ARE GREAT." Buuuut I have to admit, it wasn't THAT dark. After one reads books like Red Rising and An Ember in the Ashes....ha. It takes a lot to chill me. BUT ANYWAY. I did like Tithe even though I thought it was going to be more evilly darker. Obviously there are plenty of creeptastic faeries and death everywhere and blood splatters and YEAH IT WAS QUITE GOOD AND I LIKED IT. I confess I didn't lo ...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
So, I originally read this book in middle school and didn't like it at the time. I had written another, very negative review of this book years ago, and it had gathered some pretty nasty comments. To be fair, my review was probably not very constructive or well-written. But I thought, "I don't know, maybe I missed something. Maybe these people are right, and I am blind and stupid for not liking this book." After a while, I also figured maybe I'd been too young the first time I read it, since it ...more
As a child, Kaye had faery friends; throughout her life, she has always been unusual. Now, following an barfight, Kaye and her would-be-rock star mother return to Kaye's childhood home. There, Kaye meets another faery, and discovers that her childhood friends really do exist and that she is far more unusual than she ever suspected. She soon falls into the middle of the power struggle between two rival faery courts, a struggle which could easily spill into the human world. Tithe is a mix of wonde ...more
Aug 23, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale" is about sixteen year old Kaye Fierch, a girl who has been moving around with her single mother for her entire life. At a young age she has been able to see and interact with these things called faeries, although no one believed her. Then one day, she enchants a boy into falling in love with her and makes a broken, splintered horse move. Soon after that event she meets a young faerie night named Roiben, and that is just the start of her faerie adventure.

Hm... okay,
Apr 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ended up reading this book by accident. It was recommended to my 14 year old, Gini. She began the book and then brought it to me saying that she didn't feel it was appropriate for kids and that she, personally, had no interest in a heroine who consistently made such poor life choices. Well! I decided to read it to see what the deal was. This book was recommended for kids 14 and up and Gini has read books that were definitely adult reading level and she LOVES faery.

The problem with this book f
3.25 stars

Half the fun's in lies we tell ourselves.

My favorite thing about faerie books is always their eerie atmosphere. I don't mind gory horror, but what I truly love is that creepy feeling I get with mysterious and intriguing books like this one. And while Tithe did not leave me in awe, it was still very well-written, and it kept me hooked from beginning to end.

Holly Black is one of my favorite fantasy authors. She wrote The Curse Workers trilogy, my favorite urban fantasy series of all t
Nov 06, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Summary: comfortably predictable storyline with some huge plot holes, but more than fun enough to read. Just make sure it doesn't put off Weetzie Bat or other masterpieces of the YA genre.

This book is marred by one major flaw that doesn't affect most of the YA set: bad things happen--both on- and off-stage--to sympathetic characters around our protagonist and no one cares. Several "best friend" character die, the two mothers are left bereft of their children, a small child is abandoned to the f
Kimberlayy º
Dec 13, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horrible, sci-fi
i couldn't finish this book and i WON'T finish it. it is horribly stupid and swears like 10 times a page. it is all about cigarettes, drinking, and freakky people in dark alleys. WHAT THE HECK?! i couldn't believe what was happening in the book; it was disgusting!! ew! ew! i learned a lesson from this book: DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER!
Apr 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kaye has always been different. She’s Japanese and a natural blond. She stopped going to school when she was fourteen because her musician mother kept them moving around. But what made the other kids really back away were the stories about her friends Gristle, Spike, and Lutie-loo. Everyone thought they were imaginary because no one besides Kaye could see these creatures. That’s because Kaye’s friends were part of the world of Faery.

Kaye is dragged farther into this dangerous world when she save
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Hidden Gem buddy re/read with the YA & Beyond crew!

I find it highly intriguing how John Milton & Paradise Lost show up in this book right when I'm starting Traitor Angels. Just a thought.

It went fast, but I'm glad I decided to reread this. I blew through nearly half of it in two hours last night and wrapped up the rest this afternoon -- I think it's a testament to Holly Black's skill that even though I flew through this book I was never bored and skimmed minimally. I liked how the world
I find it rather hard to choose what type of review I would like to write, positive or negative. I suppose mine will be a bit of both.
One the one hand, I have to give Holly Black credit for attempting to write characters that do not fall within the norm. Not everyone is of a certain race, hair color, eye color, personality type, etc. and it is refreshing to read something other than a Mary Jane. I can also appreciate any author who is daring enough to include sex, cussing, and drugs into their
Sep 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romantic without being too soft and edgy without being too harsh, Holly Black's first entry effortlessly draws you into the alluring and alternately horrifying world of the fey.

When I first began reading Tithe, I was afraid that Kaye's background/lifestyle would be too gimmicky, but Black gives her just enough depth to be likable (though I personally never felt intimately connected to her). Corny, on the other hand, is such an odd combination of qualities that I found him very believable and mor
Bad execution of a good idea, 1.5 stars, December 9, 2009

Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, the first book in Holly Black's faery trilogy, introduces readers to a dark and twisted world of Faerie. Sixteen-year-old Kaye is the daughter of a rocker mom who moves from town to town before an act of violence pushes them back to New Jersey. Kaye thinks the faeries of her youth are a thing of the past, but soon, her world starts changing as she learns that she has been chosen as a sacrifice between faery co
Jul 29, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-young-adult
Call me conservative, but I just can't believe this was a young adult book! There was so much swearing in it (more than most adult books) that just wasn't needed that it distracted from the plot of the book. That doesn't generally bother me...but it did with this book.
Bark's Book Nonsense
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-fantasy
4 1/2 stars

Tithe's inner blurb states that it is a young adult fantasy tale written by a brand new author with an exciting and imaginative voice and, for a change, the raves are true! If you're into darker edged fantasy, where the faeries are more likely to wound tender flesh than sprinkle one with faery dust, where sex, violence and various debaucheries are all part of a typical day in the faery kingdom, then do yourself a favor and buy a copy of Tithe. It's the perfect book to chase away the
Rebecca McNutt
This modern YA fantasy novel brings in all kinds of themes, and the urban New Jersey setting made it all the more intriguing.
DarkHeart "Vehngeance"
I was really looking forward to this book, despite the mixed reviews, and I wasn't disappointed. Black created a wonderful and gritty world. I know some reviewers have complained that Kaye and her life were unrelatable - but that's okay. Not everyone's life is perfect, and some teens do cuss and drink and dabble in drugs. (It's got the same dark quality as Melissa Marr's books - more favorites of mine.) I actually think that made her more interesting and realistic.

Kaye's transformation into the
Roshani Chokshi
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I used to be ridiculously anti-social at family parties and hide out with this book. TITHE was so formative for me as a writer. Unapologetic and gorgeous. TITHE tore off the wings of fairytales and gave them fangs, claws and thorns. I wanted to be Kaye so badly I'd sometimes wander around in my backyard looking for a wounded elf prince. Sadly, no paranormal paramour for me. Although I did date a boy with werewolf sideburns. (I still am, but his sideburns have lost their lycanthropic enthusiasm).
Apr 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, people looking for interesting female protagonists
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I really did not expect to enjoy this book. I thought it was going to be really lame, but I was pleasantly surprised. I checked it out from the library one afternoon and finished it that day. I found myself feeling like Kaye's friend, sympathizing with her while she lusted after Roiben (a trait I normally cannot stand in a female protagonist, but because she had a personality and Roiben was, well, very attractive, I found it really compelling).

My favorite part was when she mentioned shounen-ai.
Arielle Walker
Any book that becomes hyped up to the point of legend is a bit nerve-wracking to read. If it's great then, well, all as expected. If it's bad, the let-down is disproportionately huge. And if it's neither? Even worse - if it's... both? How to respond?!

For me, Tithe is one of those super-hyped books that I expected to be utterly perfect and instead left me feeling totally ambivalent towards. Parts were wonderful, deliciously dark faerie fantasy. Other bits I did not care for at all. "Corny" was on
Mar 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best thing about this book was by far the poetic style; the phrasing and descriptions were beautifully atmospheric and generally readable. As a teenager, I must say I found the excessive swearing, violence, and sexual references a relief; the teen characters were all the more relatable for the omnipresent language and innuendo. Holly Black definitely remembers how teens think. I don't care if it was just there for the shock value; I rather enjoyed reading a book that wasn't (unintentionally) ...more
Holly Black's modern faeries tale series ( Tithe, Valiant and Ironside) focuses on sparkling fairies and Black managed to make them cool in a scary, dark way. The romantic plots in the stories are good; there also are a few nice twists and turns through the books. We even get a cute little gay romance because one of the supporting characters is gay. What more can I ask for?
Kari Rhiannon (Moon Magister Reviews)
4.5 stars

I really wish that I'd read this back when I was a teenager. When it came out, back in 2004, I was eleven, but the odds of finding proper young adult books in my local bookshops was close to zero.

'No, Tabitha, proper young girls read Dickens, not books about drugs and faeries...'

Eventually, I found my way to Twilight and Melissa Marr's 'Wicked Lovely', but I just know that I would have loved to have read this back then. It just makes me glad that there are so many great available
Jessie R
Sep 15, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow.. Where do I even start? I was extremely disappointed in this book to say the least.. It was a badly written, bi-polar, triple decker poo sandwich that I had a really hard time swallowing! I have no problem with swearing, sex, smoking or drinking in a book. (Which, if used in the proper context, can make some characters seem more believable and fleshed out.)
In this book though, I find that it mostly dominates the first half of the story.(I use the term story loosely.)

The second half of the
Jan 01, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow...three words sum this book up: purple cat suit.

Yes, in between the obscene amount of swearing, sex, and drug use in just the first few pages of this book, there is also, no joke, a girl who actually wants to wear a purple cat suit. At this point in the book, I realized that this was not the book for me, or for anyone who had actually read a good book for once in their lives.

There was no redeeming quality to this book. The plot is laughable and confusing. The characters are annoying and flat
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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 Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in ...more
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Modern Faerie Tales (3 books)
  • Valiant (Modern Faerie Tales #2)
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