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The Woodcutter [Format Kindle]

Kate Danley

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Présentation de l'éditeur

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.

Biographie de l'auteur

Kate Danley, an award-winning actress, playwright, and author, is a member of the Acme Comedy Improv and sketch troupes in Los Angeles. Her plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, and the Washington, DC/Baltimore area. Danley’s screenplay Fairy Blood won first place in the Breckenridge Festival of Film screenwriting competition in the action/adventure category. Her debut novel, The Woodcutter, was honored with the Garcia Award for the best fiction book of the year, was the first place fantasy book in the Reader Views Literary Awards, and the winner of the sci-fi/fantasy category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Kate currently lives in Burbank, California, and works by day as office manager for education and exhibits at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 350 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 346 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1453876146
  • Editeur : 47North (6 novembre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B007Y30722
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Slow Start, Lovely Finish 7 septembre 2012
Par Brekke S. Ferguson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat authentifié par Amazon
I love faerie tales; I also love unique twists on faerie tales. While "The Woodcutter" got off to a choppy start, as the story began to unfold, I found myself caught up in it. I was intrigued by the concept of the Woodcutter and his role in the world. After all, there oft needs to be an intermediary between the fae and the mortal realms. In some ways, the Woodcutter fulfills the role of a faerie godmother, keeping a guiding eye on the threads of a person's life while not interfering overly much. However, the author develops and deepens that role, because it is not a single person the Woodcutter watches over, but the entire realm.

There are definitely some cliched moments and there are a couple of places where the story wraps up too neatly, but on the whole, I found myself intrigued with how things played out. The fact that there were multiple antagonists as well as multiple quests for the Woodcutter to solve worked nicely for me. I also liked that while he finds out the threads of the plot, he can't quickly solve the problem. Multiple types of mythlore within the story was also a bonus to me.

I could have lived with fewer chapter breaks because they made the beginning of the story more choppy than necessary, but overall it didn't overly detract from the story on the whole. It's not an intensely deep story, but it's not entirely fluff either. I enjoyed it and found myself wanting to finish it just to see how it all wrapped up. I recommend it if you enjoy faerie tales, particularly those with a twist.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Childhood fairy tales come together... 13 janvier 2011
Par Valerie Erickson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Unpredictable tale with familiar stories and characters. A Dark twist to the original Grimm Fairy Tales. I loved it! My only complaint is there is no sequel or no other books by this author yet! I really enjoyed her writing and felt like a little girl again entering into the fantasy world of my favorite characters.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Creative and Unique 11 octobre 2010
Par T. Hernandez - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Kate Danley's The Woodcutter is a creative and unique take on the world of fairy tales. You will recognize most of the characters in this book but perhaps not quite in the settings or situations you might expect. I found the story to be captivating and the imagery to be quite powerful. An enjoyable read from a new writing talent.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fun detective story with a fairy tale twist! 10 novembre 2010
Par Mia - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat authentifié par Amazon
I really enjoyed this twist on some of the fable characters that we all know, courtesy of the Grimms, which plays out like a noir crime/detective novel. It's not cheeky or campy, like Jasper Fford, but a very well paced whodunnit that just happens to involve characters from the common cannon of folklore.

The pacing was fantastic and it kept me awake late at night wanting to read more and more ("just one more chapter!").
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Truly Magical 5 février 2012
Par Lucy Ditty - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat authentifié par Amazon
This book broke my heart and put it back together at the same time. I loved it. I was hooked from the first page.

I think the last book I read that affected me this powerfully was the third volume of Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar Tapestry, which I had been waiting to read for some years after finishing the first two, read in a public library with the tears pouring down my face. I still remember the feeling and it's been at least 20 years now.

I found this to be absolutely wonderful. I grew up reading and loving fairy tales, especially Lang's "color" fairy tale books. The story contains elements that many of us know to be "true"...even if we stopped really believing a long time ago. The effect of cold iron, the power of a name, the magic of 3 days passing, a quest, the power of truth and honesty, and of course, true love.

Somehow Danley manages to weave all this together and make it absorbing, not childish and not a "snip and stitch" patchwork quilt of images from other stories. I'm over 40 and was absolutely enchanted (in the sense of feeling as if I were under a spell)...and at least for the duration of the book, I believed. I believed with all my heart.

The writing is...I can't describe the writing. To me, it's beautiful. It's lyrical and sparse and somehow conveys so much of emotion, seemingly effortlessly. I don't even want to analyze it more closely because I don't want to dissect it. How can I put it...when I read this, the perception of individual words and any thought of an author vanished. I wasn't reading "writing." I was reading the story.

The words twisted around my heart and I was taken deep into the story. When I read "Have you ever heard the sound of a pixie touching the ground?" I didn't *need* a description. I didn't *need* more information. That was all I needed because I *knew*, viscerally, deep inside, that the sound was terrible.

Does the plot hold up to critical analysis? Honestly, I don't know. I didn't completely understand the land's framework - but I didn't care at the time and I don't now. It didn't matter. It's a fairy tale and the suspension of disbelief, with this book, was effortless and complete for me.

Maybe you, too, can believe in the magic again.
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