Kin (Good Neighbors #1)
Rue Silver’s mother has disappeared . . . and her father has been arrested, suspected of killing her. But it’s not as straightforward as that. Because Rue is a faerie, like her mother was. And her father didn’t kill her mother — instead, he broke a promise to Rue’s faerie king grandfather, which caused Rue’s mother to be flung back to the faerie world. Now Rue must go to save her — and must also defeat a dark faerie that threatens our very mortal world.
2009: Finalist for Eisner for The Good Neighbors, Book 1: Kin (Scholastic Graphix)
Dark, black-and-white shadowy art creates a pleasantly eerie mood. Naifeh’s fantastically rendered faeries range from a stunningly beautiful elfin goddess to devilish horned creatures. With a healthy smattering of angst, romance and faerie lore, fans of the genre should enjoy this volume.
Searing and exceptionally well-written.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
[Black] skillfully blends the mystical elements with a murder mystery, family drama, and a bit of ever-popular teen angst. Black also does not shy away from the darker aspects of faerie legend, which gives the story a nicely unsettling aspect at all times.
Black does a wonderful job of weaving an alien faerie world through Rue’s urban landscape, and Naifeh’s art, rich with shadows, is expressive and angular and pulls the reader into the story.
Ted’s knack for misfit characters with a dose of humor is a perfect fit with Holly’s vision of the faerie world. And I don’t throw words like ‘perfect’ around lightly.