I am extremely excited about reading The Woodcutter by Kate Danley this month for book club! I am not sure if you are a fan of Grimm or Once Upon a Time or have been noticing all of the re-imaginings of fairy tales lately but they seem to be everywhere. I have always been such a big fan of fairy tales. This is despite the fact that I think many fairy tales have been “re-imagined” to hinder women’s expectations of real life and love. I think tales were intended to teach a lesson but some were quite dark and scary so over the years they have been re-vamped to be more child friendly.
I have been seeing this trend roll over into re-imaginings of the ideas of fairy tales in books. In some tales have been blended together or re-invented all together. I feel that Wicked (if you haven’t read it you must and his others as well) may have started it all. Gregory Maguires’ retelling of fairy tales from the villains point of view was a great idea, to me anyway, to get a better understanding of the bad guy (they were always my favorite growing up). Now I see books like this popping up all over. Just the other day I think I spent $50 alone in Kindle book recommendations after purchasing The Woodcutter. I am excited to see where this book goes as the description says it is quite suspenseful and on the darker side of tales.
About The Woodcutter:
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.