The Poison Eaters: And Other Stories By Holly Black
Release Date: March 22, 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 224
Source: ARC from publisher
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Synopsis (Amazon): In this collection of short stories, all save two have been previously published in various similarly named high-profile fantasy anthologies: The Restless Dead (2007), The Faery Reel (2007), and The Eternal Kiss (2009). Here, they’re brought together to present a multifaceted view of one of YA-dom’s most prominent urban fantasists. Cults of immortality seekers clamor to get bitten by vampires in “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown,” and a teenager makes a chilling sacrifice to save a neighbor and the boy she thinks she loves. Ever mindful that forbidden romance is a natural waltzing partner with dark fantasy, Black slips a sly coming-out element into “In Vodka Veritas,” where a secret private-school sect turns prom night into a Dionysian frenzy. To close out the volume, Black performs a neat bit of tinkering with structure in the title story, as a king reveals to his son and would-be poisoner an ingenious and surreal plot to exact revenge through a trio of venomous-to-the-touch sisters. Fans of her novels will relish this one-stop resource for Black’s dark, edgy, and imaginative storytelling.

I was extremely happy to find that this was a great collection of stories. There wasn't a single story that I didn't enjoy. The stories were dark and disturbing with a big dose of fantasy. There was mystery laced throughout the stories and a sense of adventure. Holly Black is amazing and this further proves why she is such a great author.

In her take on the vampire genre in "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" I was instantly sucked into the dark world that Holly created. One of my personal favourites (if I had to choose just one) was The Poison Eaters. In this story, intrigue, mystery, betrayal, love, jealousy and ambition were all wrapped into one deliciously dark package that you instantly sink your teeth into.

Holly Black is a master storyteller and if you haven't read any of her work "The Poison Eaters: And Other Stories" is a great place to start.

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