I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles. (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).
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?
I read this book to fill the “In the Dark, Dark Woods” square of my 2017 Halloween Bingo card.
I am continually amazed at how much I enjoy some of these “young adult” novels! This one is definitely in the “really good” category. I’m a sucker for stories that include the Fae, especially if they’re dark, mysterious & threatening.
The story also explores the brother-sister relationship between Hazel and Ben, how they support one another and how they lie to one another and the consequences of both of those choices. There’s a boy with horns and pointed ears asleep in a glass coffin (very Cinderella-ish) in the middle of the dark, dark woods and both siblings are in love with him or maybe with the stories they’ve created around him. No one expects him to awake, and when he does, perhaps they believe their own imaginations too much and aren’t as worried as they should be.
The need for love, the need for purpose, and the love & support of family, all explored in an adventurous fairy tale. Delightful!