Book Review – The Woodcutter by Kate Danley

The Woodcutter by Kate Danley

The Woodcutter by Kate Danley

Here comes the blurb:

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.

I have a mixed relationship with modern retellings of fairy tales – I really want them to be good, but I’m usually disappointed (see Alice In Deadland and Wicked).

This book is surprisingly good in that it manages to weld together a bunch of different fairy tales, myths and legends into a coherent story.  Unfortunately the story that it creates is a bit flat and is devoid of the moral that’s part of the template for fairy tales.

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