Age Group: Young Adult
Other Books by This Author: Modern Faerie Tales Series, Spiderwick Chronicles
Received From: Publisher/Library Thing Early Reviewers
In her debut collection, New York Times best-selling author Holly Black returns to the world of Tithe in two darkly exquisite new tales. Then Black takes readers on a tour of a faerie market and introduces a girl poisonous to the touch and another who challenges the devil to a competitive eating match. These stories have been published in anthologies such as 21 Proms, The Faery Reel, and The Restless Dead, and have been reprinted in many “Best of” anthologies. The Poison Eaters is Holly Black’s much-anticipated first collection of stories, and her ability to stare into the void—and to find humanity and humor there—will speak to young adult and adult readers alike.
I don’t usually like short stories. They are too short! I know, that’s the point but I like to connect with characters and spend a lot of time with them. That’s why I don’t usually like short stories. I can honestly say that I really really enjoyed this batch though.
I tried to read Tithe by Holly Black a long time ago and could not get into it. I’m thinking after reading The Poison Eaters that I really need to give it another chance!
There is something for everyone in this collection of stories. Vampires, elves, shapeshifters, and of course faeries. I liked some of the stories more than others but I enjoyed all of them. The thing that stands out the most though, is Holly Black’s gritty and honest writing. She doesn’t pretty it up for anyone. I love that! Her writing is very dark at times but it’s always beautiful. She weaves a web with her words and you get sucked right in.
I really recommend this collection to any supernatural/paranormal fan. Like I said, there’s something for everyone! 4 Stars!