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3.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 5 3.68 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Holly Black Narrator: Renée Raudman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Modern Faerie Tales Series Release Date: June 2006 ISBN: 9780739331224
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When seventeen-year-old Valerie Russell runs away to New York City, she’s trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up 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. Impulsive Lolli talks of monsters in the subway tunnels they call home and shoots up a shimmery amber-colored powder that makes the shadows around her dance. Severe Luis claims he can make deals with creatures that no one else can see. And then there’s Luis’s brother, timid and sensitive Dave, who 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.
When a bewildered Val allows Lolli to talk her into tracking down the hidden lair of the creature for whom Luis and Dave have been dealing, Val finds herself bound into service by a troll named Ravus. He is as hideous as he is honorable. And as Val grows to know him, she finds herself torn between her affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming.


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 2/14/2014

    " a very original urban style faerie book. a very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 2/13/2014

    " loved these books. wanting holly to write more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/10/2014

    " my least favorite of the series... but still v. fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whoa | 1/19/2014

    " Different set of characters. Not as interesting as the first one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamely | 1/3/2014

    " An easy read with a wicked story line in the faery realm. However, I wouldn't let MY 14 year old loose with this series. The characters are right out of the side of life I try to SHELTER my daughter's from! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 1/1/2014

    " This book has a very secluded audience, but it was really good. Anyone who enjoys fantasy would love it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alexis | 12/31/2013

    " Not nearly as good as the first in the series. The plot was slow, and there wasn't as much, well, magic or faeries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Freida | 12/28/2013

    " The story of Luis, a human who can see those of the other world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis Callen | 12/17/2013

    " Yet again a deviation from the normal fairytale, the second book in the "thithe" series. a must read if you have read Tithe. it is just a really good book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 12/10/2013

    " this book is amazing. from the very first page it will draw you in to a mythical world of fantsy right under our very noses. Black's blend of dark humor and teenage dramas is a great combination that will have you wanting more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 3/17/2013

    " I love this book just as much as I love Tithe. I love the atmosphere of it and I love how raw it was. I thought that the beginning was a little unrealistic, but, then again, there are trolls and faeries and magical drugs as well. This is a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samuel drew | 3/11/2013

    " It is alright i think it should have better scenes but in all its not to bad "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee | 4/30/2012

    " These books are a lot edgier than one would expect for the age group, but in a good way (giving the reader due credit). Darker and scarier than the Twilight books, but with more genuine characters (and MUCH dreamier male leads). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The BookWhisperer | 11/25/2011

    " Fae,YA,Modern Tale of Faerie Trilogy,Completed Series "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy Fanning | 10/20/2011

    " This book turned out to be confusing and crap! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah Pottenger | 9/12/2011

    " Sequel to Tithe. Also too dark for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 T. | 6/4/2011

    " (Note to self: I have one of the covers with a sword.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 5/6/2011

    " Really enjoyed the characters in this, loved the love story between an ogre and a strong female. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rani | 4/29/2011

    " love how Holly Black made the conncections between her first story and this story. Excellent "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 4/25/2011

    " Urban fantasy, but a bit grittier than Charles de Lint (by which I judge the whole genre.) I liked the book because it was more young adult than fairy tale, but some of the reality was a bit grim (no pun intended.) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 4/15/2011

    " Will not finish this trilogy. The first installment was pretty interesting and I had expectations that I would like the second even more. WRONG. You never feel that you get to really know these characters and more to the point, you don't really care to. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/14/2011

    " Only made it to page 80 before I decided I couldn't torture myself any longer. I loved Tithe but Valiant just could not hold my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 4/6/2011

    " Val was a perfect imperfect heroine. I was disgusted and disappointed by her constantly but kept rooting for her anyway. The audio was OK but the reader made all the characters sound 11. Hearing someone who sounds like they are 11 use that much profanity is disturbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 3/27/2011

    " This sequel grew on me even more quickly than the first book did. The mystery and political intrigue in the faerie world was interesting, but I could have used a little more development in the central romantic relationship. It felt a little forced the way it was. Enjoyable nonetheless! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SoloSetup | 3/22/2011

    " I loved Val. I read this book and sighed in relief because I had finally found a female character who felt like me. I probably would've done everything Val did in this book if I were in her shoes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen | 3/20/2011

    " Significantly better than the first one! I'm so glad I stuck with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 3/16/2011

    " This series is like candy. Easy to read and fun. Great beach book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 3/11/2011

    " Very exciting book. Loved it!!! "

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About the Author
Author Holly Black

Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children. She is best known for writing the Spiderwick Chronicles, a series of fantasy books for children; all of the books were adapted into a major motion picture in 2008. Her first novel, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, was published in 2002. Her novella, The Wrath of Mulgarath reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list in 2004. She is also a frequent contributor and editor to a number of anthologies, including Geektastic, Zombies vs. Unicorns, and Bordertown. A graudate of the College of New Jersey, Black lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Renée Raudman is an actor and multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. She has performed on film, television, radio, and on stage and can also be heard in several video games and hundreds of television and radio voice-overs.