Wyrd & Wonder

The Darkest Part of the Forest Read-along: Week 1

I’ve finally started reading The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black so these are my answers for the week 1 questions…

Q1: All is fair in Fairfold… or is it? What are your thoughts on the way of life in this particular bubble? What do you make of the folk of Fairfold, both Fair and mundane?

Not fair at all, that goes for both kinds of folks. The mundanes don’t seem to be bothered by attacks on tourists, they have a ‘deal’ with the Fair folk and are satisfied enough with their way of life… or simply so used to it that moving somewhere else would be even stranger. I don’t really know what to make of the Fair folk yet. I want to see their perspective, I think that would be interesting. I want to know more about Jack and how he feels, considering that everyone knows he’s not human.

Q2: We need to talk about Hazel.
How much impending trouble do you think our ‘hero’ is about to get into? Also: how much of that trouble do you think she’s going to be responsible for?

Oh there’s going to be some drama when Ben finds out about her bargain. And also maybe when he finds out about her and Jack. And when they find the boy from the glass coffin. And who knows what else. She has a lot to learn… but it wouldn’t be interesting otherwise.

Q3: Parenthood
Speaking of Hazel, let’s talk about her and Ben’s parents. Are they simply misguided romantics, or do you think they’re Bad Parents?

They’re not very good parents, what with the descriptions of the kids doing whatever they wanted when they were young, but I still don’t wanna call them bad parents, it seems too harsh? They are romantics and I think it’s good for kids to have freedom as long is doesn’t go too far and becomes neglect… though in their case maybe the line has been crossed already. (I feel like I’m forgetting the details as I’m writing this…)

Q4: The Freestyle Question
This is a freebie for you to use to share any and all general & specific thoughts/feelings/suspicions etc on these opening chapters! Fire away…

„Come now, my child, if we were planning to harm you, do you think we’d be lurking here beside the path in the very darkest part of the forest? “

I just want to mention how much I love the epigraph. And the first paragraph of the novel. I think I’ve read the blurb a long time ago but completely forgot what it was about and didn’t bother to check before I started reading – I feel like I should do that more often because it was all such a good surprise, the beginning completely pulled me in.


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