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Tithe by Holly Black : A Book Review

#1 of A Modern Faerie Tale trilogy

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Blurb: Kaye used to see Faeries.

They’re still there. But Kaye is not a child anymore. Now sixteen, she’s dragged into the thick of their dangerous, frightened world. A realm where black horses dwell beneath the sea, desperate to drown you… where the sinister Thistlewitch divines dark futures… and where beautiful Faerie knights are driven to perform acts of brutal depravity for the love of their uncaring queens.

There Kaye finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms – a struggle that could end in her death…

Hm, how do I start this review? How about, WOW! This is the first ‘Faerie’ (why is it spelt like that and not like fairy?) book I have ever read. I’m used to cute, tiny fairies like those from that film ‘Fairytale: A true story’, not dark, evil, and in Roiben’s case, sexy fairies! What is going on here?

When I read the prologue, I didn’t think I would enjoy this book. A hell of a lot happened in just a few pages, it seemed rushed but I decided I would give the book a chance. I am so glad I did. I bloody loved it!

The female lead, Kaye, she isn’t your ‘normal’ female protagonist that you find in so many other books – she isn’t an average looking (yet all the guys find them totally irresistible), clumsy, boring white girl. She’s also one of those characters who you love or you hate and I know for some people, after reading other reviews about this book, that if they don’t like the female lead then they don’t enjoy the book. Well, I found her to be more REAL than a lot of other female leads I’ve read about. She doesn’t always do what she should have done, but, and not to get all philosophical on you all, but nobody is perfect and that reality really shines through Kaye’s character.
At one point in the book, spoiler alert coming up, Kaye is asked by her faerie friends to keep her glamour on until she is needed for the Tithe. You’d expect her to do this but she didn’t, she was selfish and wanted to see herself without a glamour on. I actually gasped out loud at this part and asked her ‘what are you doing?!’ like I was actually going to get an answer back (I then see my boyfriend looking up psych wards for me).

On to the male lead, Roiben. Oh, Roiben… *drools*. Ummm, sorry about that. Well Roiben is dark, he is evil, he is everything you wouldn’t want in a man unless you are in to the Legolas look and the (insert psychopaths name here) personality. Ok, I’m definitely in to the Legolas look so maybe that wasn’t the best way to deter you from falling for Roiben, but you will…trust me. Now, one thing I usually hate about about books where the male lead is kinda evil, is that they always become soppy, loving sissy’s but I didn’t seem to get that with Roiben, he still ended up being bad-ass but kinda romantic too in not such an obvious way.

Now I don’t really want to say too much more as I have rambled on, but I think I don’t want to spoil the book. I just really think you should read it and let me know what you think!
I will just add though that I love how dark the book is and with this being my 1st fairy book, I am looking forward to reading the rest of the Trilogy but I am also disappointed that all other fairy books are ruined for me as I just know none will ever be as good as this one (until proven otherwise).

9 thoughts on “Tithe by Holly Black : A Book Review

  1. So … you enjoyed it? Your boyfriend must totally love the fact your into the legolass look … not the polar opposite at all 😂

    Fairie is an older spelling. Fairy is a more modern way. Some books go with the older spellings to give it an authentic feel. Which is why I like using Daemon instead of demon 🤓


    1. Haha yes I enjoyed it. I suppose Legolas is completely the opposite but I like to say that I am very open when it comes to looks and I’m not just in to one ‘type’.
      Ah ok, that is interesting. I read a book with Daemon instead of Demon and I was confused but now I get it. I do actually prefer Faerie to Fairy.

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  2. Hello, i will be honest with you that i have never heard of this author before, but because of your reviews i find myself very intrigued, i look forward to reading them as soon as i can.

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    1. Hi Jack!!! Thank you, I’ll be writing the review of book 2 tomorrow. Please check it out.
      Let me know what you think of the books once you’ve read them 🙂


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