The Tithe was a very poorly constructed book IMO, and I didn't enjoy reading it at all! The characters were weak and silly, the plot was choppy at best and the writing style was incredibly sloppy:/ In short, it was a book that tried too hard to be edgy at the expense of the story..
I had read it quite a while ago and had completely given up on the idea of reading any more Holly Black as a bad joke!
The girl at the local bookstore insisted that the second book in the series, "Valiant," was in fact very good reading material, So I tried reading a free online sample and the story intrigued me so much that I purchased this copy on Kindle. I'm very glad that I took a chance on this book and purchased it, because it's like Valiant was written by an entirely different author than The Tithe :0
Honestly, the Tithe was SUCH a rubbish book!!
Anyways, this story wasn't rubbish at...
While this is written in the same universe as Tithe, it is not about the same characters. It is also a very different kind of story than Tithe, so be warned. In Tithe, the protagonist shoplifted, smoked, and was a high school dropout, and all of these (relatively) minor flaws are kind of overshadowed by the fact that (spoiler) she isn't human. In Valiant, the protagonist does a lot of things that people consider morally reprehensible (crazy drugs, casual sex, etc), and is ultimately held more accountable for her behaviors because she is human. I would like to point out that by the end she overcomes all this, which is more than what we can say for Kaye. Valiant is darker and seedier, but I still think it made for an amazing read.
Also, and this is just my feelings on this, I think a lot of people don't like Valiant as much as Tithe just because the male lead doesn't fit in as well with their idea of Prince Charming. Not saying that there aren't legitimate reasons why people...
Bought for a friend's birthday. I love it and we both love Holly Black.
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