Holly Black, Author, Renee Raudman, Read by
Holly Black, Author, Renee Raudman, Read by , read by Renée Raudman. Listening Library $39 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7393-3121-7
Reviewed on: 08/21/2006
Release date: 06/01/2006

What makes Black's books so appealing to young adult readers is their well-balanced mix of reality (including a healthy dose of sex), high-concept fantasy and old-fashioned mystery. Raudman's expert reading of Black's second book in what the author calls the Faerie series catches that delicate blend very well, giving equal weight and credibility to characters who are definitely human (like heroine Valerie, her dismal school mates, her tacky family and the sad young derelicts she meets in the subway tunnels of New York) and those who are from another world entirely—like the golden-eyed troll Ravus, who delivers a drug that heals faeries but kills the human runaways who steal it, looking for a way to improve their desperate condition. Raudman, whom listeners might recognize as several of the younger voices on The Simpsons , has a universally appealing voice likely to please hardcore fantasy fans and neophytes alike. Ages 14-up. (July)

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