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Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale

Sixteen-year-old Kaye finds a white-haired young man bleeding to death in a rain-drenched New Jersey wood and saves his life. From that moment nothing in her life will ever be the same. Soon she is plunged into an inhuman world of conflict and betrayal, that demands a terrible sacrifice to win the kingdom. Cleverly combining romance with the resonance of myth, Holly Black masterfully evokes the dark heart of her conjured realm where Kaye must fight for her lover and her survival – a place of wonder, to be sure, but also of trickery, decadence, brutality and blood.


Tithe was nominated for a Mytheopeic Award in 2013 and was one of the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults.


Dark, edgy, beautifully written, and compulsively readable.


A gripping read… The exquisite faeries haunt as well as charm.

—Publishers Weekly

Debauchery, despair, deceit, and grisly death – what more could you ask for from a fairy tale?…A luscious treat for fans of urban fantasy and romantic horror.

—Kirkus Reviews, starred review