Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Good Neighbors: Kin by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh

Rue Silver's mother has disappeared.  After this, Rue begins seeing things no one else can see.  Things like faeries and demons.  Rue learns that her mother was a faerie, and because her father broke a sacred promise, Rue's mother must return to the faerie realm.  Rue is determined to get her back, but she must deal with her mother's side of the family, who seem to fear her for some reason and want her under their control.

This is a darker fantasy, perhaps not as dark as Fables was, but definitely not light and fluffy.  Magic and magical creatures have a dangerous side in this world, and crossing them can have tragic consequences. I like coming across fantasy like this.  As much as I love fantasy, it can get a bit repetitive at times, with the same stories being told in slightly different ways.  With good things being light and beautiful and bad things being dark and twisted.  Everything seems dark in this world, and it's an interesting concept.  I'd like to see where it goes.

The illustrations are done in black and white, with a lot of shadowing.  Everything feels dark and sad, which is the overall feeling Rue has as well, along with confusion.

There are two other books in this series, Kith and Kind.

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