Valiant (Modern Faerie Tales #2)
Author: Holly Black
Genres: FantasyYoung Adult
Updated date: 21:22:28 12/08/2022
Description "Valiant (Modern Faerie Tales #2)"
Prologue For I shall learn from flower and leaf That color every drop they hold, To change the lifeless wine of grief To living gold. —Sara Teasdale, "Alchemy" The tree woman choked on poison, the slow sap of her blood burning. Most of her leaves had already fallen, but those remaining blackened and shriveled along her back. She pulled her roots up from the deep soil, long hairy tendrils that flinched in the chill late autumn air. An iron fence had surrounded her trunk for years, the stink of the metal as familiar as any small ache. The iron scorched her as she dragged her roots over it. She tumbled onto the concrete sidewalk, her slow tree thoughts filling with pain. A human walking two little dogs stumbled against the brick wall of a building. A taxi screeched to a halt and blared its horn. Long branches tipped over a bottle as the tree woman scrambled to pull away from the metal. She stared at the dark glass as it rolled into the street, watching the dregs of bitter poison drip out of the neck, seeing the familiar scrawl on the little strip of paper secured with wax. The contents of that bottle should have been a tonic, not the instrument of her death. She tried to lift herself up again.