By Kate Danley
Deep within the Wood, a young woman lies dead. Not a mark on her body. No trace of her murderer. Only her chipped glass slippers hint at her identity.
The Woodcutter, keeper of the peace between the Twelve Kingdoms of Man and the Realm of the Faerie, must find the maiden’s killer before others share her fate. Guided by the wind and aided by three charmed axes won from the River God, the Woodcutter begins his hunt, searching for clues in the whispering dominions of the enchanted unknown.
But quickly he finds that one murdered maiden is not the only nefarious mystery afoot: one of Odin’s hellhounds has escaped, a sinister mansion appears where it shouldn’t, a pixie dust drug trade runs rampant, and more young girls go missing. Looming in the shadows is the malevolent, power-hungry queen, and she will stop at nothing to destroy the Twelve Kingdoms and annihilate the Royal Fae…unless the Woodcutter can outmaneuver her and save the gentle souls of the Wood.
Blending magic, heart-pounding suspense, and a dash of folklore, The Woodcutter is an extraordinary retelling of the realm of fairy tales.
This book is delightful. I read and listened to this book with Whispersync. It is a brilliant mash up of ever fairy tale I have ever known. It was inventive and clever without the usual problem these books have. They usually try too hard. You can usually see them trying to be inventive and clever and I hate that. There isn’t anything usual about this book. The author kills off characters that we know and love from our childhoods whenever she needed to and I loved it. It felt like a real adventure, like anything could happen and a new character could be introduced at any second. It was fun. The forest felt like a real place and so did the characters in it.
I also have to point out the audio book since I listened to half of it. Sarah Coomes narrates this book. She did a great job even though it sounded like she fell into the woodcutter’s voice when she shouldn’t have. I’m putting that down to editing though because it didn’t happen often enough to do more than make me pause for a split second. It also would only happen for a couple of words and then it would be gone. The voices were distinctive and animated. I really can’t ask for more than that.
Some violence, (the poor seven dwarves.)
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