Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black
By Holly Black
Welcome to the world of very frightening faeries!
Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a latest nomad. Fierce and self sustaining, she travels from urban to urban along with her mother's rock band until eventually an ominous assault forces Kaye again to her adolescence domestic. There, amid the commercial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye quickly unearths herself an unwilling pawn in an historical strength fight among rival faerie kingdoms -- a fight which could rather well suggest her loss of life.
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He nodded and clucked his horse into motion. It was when the birds scattered from their path that the Adjunct found herself envying the captain. Before her the roused carrion-eaters exposed a carpet of armour, broken bones and meat. The air was hot, turgid and cloying. She saw soldiers, still helmed, their heads crushed by what must have been huge, terribly powerful jaws. She saw torn mail, crumpled shields, and limbs that had been ripped from bodies. Lorn managed only a few moments of careful examination of the scene around them before she fixed her gaze on the promontory ahead, unable to encompass the magnitude of the slaughter.
The captain grunted again.
There was virtually nothing else. No back story, no context, no real introduction of characters. It was, in fact, more Raiders of the Lost Ark than The Lion in Winter. Ambition never goes away. It may shuffle off, grumbling, feet dragging, only to slide across into something else – usually the next project. It doesn't take 'no' for an answer. In writing Gardens, I quickly discovered that 'back story' was going to be a problem no matter how far back I went. And I realized that, unless I spoon-fed my potential readers (something I refused to do, having railed often enough at writers of fantasy epics treating us readers as if we were idiots), unless I 'simplified', unless I slipped down into the well-worn tracks of what's gone before, I was going to leave readers floundering.