by Holly Black
Book 1 in the Modern Tale of Faerie series (2002)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home.
When 16-year-old Kaye meets a mysterious stranger in the woods one night and saves his life, a new world opens up for her. Mysterious memories from her childhood catch up with her – and Kaye makes a shattering discovery: In truth, she was born an elf, not a human child!
There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms – a struggle that could very well mean her death.
Roiben, the beautiful, opaque Elven knight, and her own destiny entangle Kaye in the greatest adventure of her life.
The adolescent anguish, a passionate romance and the capricious and diabolic world of the fairies are mixed in a captivating and absolutely original story.