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Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale by Holly Black
Cover Artist: Sammy Yuen, Jr.
Review by Drew Bittner
Margaret K. McElderry Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 0689868200
Date: 24 April 2007 List Price $16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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In Tithe, Holly Black introduced Kaye Fierch, a restless New Jersey teenager, who becomes ensnared in the war between the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Kaye discovers her faerie self and falls in love with Roiben, who rises to the position of Unseelie King.

The tale of Kaye, Roiben and many more continues in Ironside. The story opens with an episode from years past, when Roiben was given as a hostage into the hands of Unseelie Queen Nicnevin. He learns brutal lessons at her hands, his virtue twisted and his honor all but ruined. Yet he retains the ability to love, which may yet redeem him.

From official release/information:

Book Description: In the realm of Faerie, the time has come for Roiben's coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing -- her love for Roiben. But when Kaye, drunk on faerie wine, declares herself to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest. Now Kaye can't see or speak to Roiben unless she can find the one thing she knows doesn't exist: a faerie who can tell a lie.

Miserable and convinced she belongs nowhere, Kaye decides to tell her mother the truth -- that she is a changeling left in place of the human daughter stolen long ago. Her mother's shock and horror sends Kaye back to the world of Faerie to find her human counterpart and return her to Ironside. But once back in the faerie courts, Kaye finds herself a pawn in the games of Silarial, queen of the Seelie Court. Silarial wants Roiben's throne, and she will use Kaye, and any means necessary, to get it. In this game of wits and weapons, can a pixie outplay a queen?

Holly Black spins a seductive tale at once achingly real and chillingly enchanted, set in a dangerous world where pleasure mingles with pain and nothing is exactly as it appears.

(Source: Margaret K. McElderry)

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