The Woodcutter- Kate Danley

This book was read as part of the Out of Your Comfort Zone Challenge

“2) Go to amazon’s book page and pick a section your don’t usually read from, try to make it a different section to option 1. Look at the bestsellers list and read the number 1 spot, if it’s part of a series read the first in a series.”

The Woodcutter was the number 1 bestselling kindle graphic novel

Synopsis (from amazon)

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.


Well first off what the hell was this doing in the graphic novel section? Graphic novels do need t have pictures right?!

So the story itself. It was a pretty good premise. A blending of different fairytales gone wrong with the woodcutter (you know, the one who saved Red Riding Hood, because Princes aren’t always all that) having the job of fixing everything.

I’m not sure I can really say that the premise met up to its promises however. The beginning was rather good and got me interested but the further I read through the story the more it seemed like Danley was trying too hard to fit in as many fairytale characters and creatures as she could and sometimes it didn’t really benefit the plot.

I did like the woodcutter however, and especially the idea that he was more than he seemed, rather a guardian of the worlds which intersected in his wood than actually a simple woodcutter.

It was an easy read, and fairly entertaining, but I didn’t really think it was anything special.


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