VALIANT: A MODERN TALE OF FAERIE
Val finds herself bound into the service of Ravus, who is that rare thing: an honorable troll. As Val gets to know him, she is torn between two worldsthat of the Faerie and that of her new friends, who are being destroyed by the Never, a Faerie drug that gives human users a glimpse of what it can be like to be not-human, just for a little while.
While the book is at times heavy- handed, Val and her friends are fully developed characters that the reader comes to care deeply about. Black creates a realistic world, populated with all sorts of creatures. While it's intended for older teenagers, this book will appeal to adults as well. (Jun., 320 pp., $16.95)