Kind (Good Neighbors #3)
Holly Black and Ted Naifeh weave another masterful mix of fantasy and the unexpected.
After biding their time, the faeries have taken control of the human world. The fey and mortals might not be such good neighbors after all.
Rue’s world is fragmenting. The fey have taken over her city, and now the humans must share. Her grandfather is gone. Her faerie mother is triumphant. Her human father is despondent. And her boyfriend? He would rather be eaten alive by mergirls than be with Rue.
Tension between the humans and faeries is growing, and Rue feels pulled in both directions. In some ways, she feels like her place is in the human world-with her friends, her father, and the humans who want to protect themselves. But then there’s her fey half-with her beautiful, dangerous mother, the faeries, and her kinship with the natural world. Can Rue fix the rift between the fey and the humans? Or does she have the courage to continue her grandfather’s interrupted plan?
Black and Naifeh finish up their dark urban-fantasy trilogy, the Good Neighbors, with the romance and drama that fans will be expecting along with a satisfying ending. Readers will appreciate seeing the half-human, half-fairy Rue step up as a leader, as she has to find a way to save the humans trapped in her city before it falls to fairykind forever. Her plan will bring together forces from both sides and may require her to finally choose between her lovers, Tam and Dale.
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.