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The Woodcutter [Kindle Edition]

Kate Danley
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Book Description

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.



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A must read for both the lover of fantasy & mystery. It will engage the reader in a delightful journey down memory lane with recollections of fairy tales from days gone by while embracing a modern twist.--Marissa Libbit for Reader Views

I had a glorious time reading this book. I truly couldn't put it down.  The Woodcutter is a fascinating protagonist and a noble one. The climax of this story doesn't disappoint either. I won't give anything away, but it was truly heart-stopping.
--The Akamai Reader

Kate Danley skillfully weaves her story around well-known fairy tales...through her adept writing, she conveys fantasy and mystery, making this book a definite page-turner. --Irene Watson, Managing Editor of Reader Views

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  • File Size: 622 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (November 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y30722
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow Start, Lovely Finish September 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood fairy tales come together... January 12, 2011
Format:Paperback
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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Magical February 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative and Unique October 11, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
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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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun detective story with a fairy tale twist! November 9, 2010
By Mia
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy at it's best! March 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I won a signed copy of this book in a silent auction and after reading it I have decided without a doubt it was money well spent. The Woodcutter took me into a wonderful world of fantasy. It's filled with all of the fairy tale characters I grew up reading about but I felt like I was learning about them for the first time. I usually read at night but with this book I had to read it during the day because I was literally getting no sleep. I couldn't put it down! I won my copy so I came on Amazon to see if I could order it for my friends. I can't wait to see what Kate Danley writes next!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars High marks for nostalgia, low marks for storytelling September 2, 2013
Format:Paperback
Kate Danley has borrowed liberally from myth, fable, and fairy tale to create her own fanciful novel, "The Woodcutter". In it, a mysterious evil is stalking familiar fairy tale types like Red Riding Hood and Snow White and threatening to undo the delicate balance between the magical fae and the mundane. As keeper of the Wood, the Woodcutter is responsible to discover who or what's behind this dastardly scheme and to stop it. On his quest, he encounters a veritable "who's who" of familiar fairy tale characters. Borrowing characters and/or themes from myths, fables, and fairy tales is an intriguing shortcut to engaging the reader. Sadly, Danley failed to craft a compelling and coherent story that's worthy of the source material.

The plot is muddled and largely nonsensical. Matters aren't helped by the fact that Danley seems far more interested in the quantity of familiar characters included than in the quality of their development. All are paper-thin and one-dimensional. While this may work for a short story (e.g. fairy tales), it's different for a novel. There seems to be no rhyme or reason as to which characters are included, it's just a random hodgepodge. Another hindrance is that each scene is extremely brief - a couple pages or so each. Very little effort went into meaningful development of any kind. The Woodcutter proceeds from scene to scene at a furious pace. A mansion makes arbitrary appearances. There's rampant addiction to pixie dust. There's a precarious relationship between the twelve kingdoms and the fae. But none of these things are explained in a convincing way and their interrelationships are assumed but never concretely supported. The potential danger looming on the horizon is never clearly described.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
This book incorporates so many fairy tales together into such a wonderful read, I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it for a great rainy day read!
Published 7 hours ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars This book truly intrigued me. A look at fairy ...
This book truly intrigued me. A look at fairy tales from the Woodcutter's view. Had he not been there, would they have had their 'happy ever after? Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Blaze
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
It made me laugh and cry. I enjoyed this book tremendously. This one is a keeper. It's wonderful to stumble across a book that leaves you feeling good. Thank you.
Published 21 hours ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Have always loved fairy tales! A combination of tales with a twist. Great ending. My first Kate Danley story, not my last.
Published 1 day ago by Janet McMurtrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
The Woodcutter is a "rich" tale/story. I took my time reading it in order to savor the meanings,the charcters,and the landscape. Loved it!!!
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairytale with a twist
Weaves the fairy tale princesses into a story of fae and forest creatures,where red and blue blooded beings are drunken in fairy dust, because of mischief. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Corinnepea
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good. Slow at first,but then it gets going. Over all a good...
Pretty good overall. A little slow starting, but then it takes off and is hard to put down. Interesting how the author weaves together the old and the new fairy tales. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Susanna Boggs
4.0 out of 5 stars The Woodcutter
The story was. In reality many stories or should I say Folktales all intertwined to make a quality book. I enjoyed it.
Published 6 days ago by Geri
4.0 out of 5 stars It will take you back to your childhood fairytales
It takes a little of many of the fairytales that we all know so well and melted them into a new tale that I think you will enjoy as much as I did. Have fun.
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange and wonderful
I don't pretend to know all of the fairy tales used in this book but I don't feel that I am missing anything that would hinder my pleasure in this book. Read more
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More About the Author

Kate Danley began her writing career as an indie author in 2010. Since then, she spent five weeks on the USA Today bestseller list, has been honored with various awards, including the Garcia Award for Best Fiction Book of the Year, and her Maggie MacKay series has been optioned for film and television development. Her plays have been produced in London, New York, Seattle, Baltimore, and Los Angeles. She has over 300+ film, television, and theatre credits to her name, and specializes in sketch, improv, and Shakespeare. She wrote sketch for a weekly show in Hollywood and has performed her original stand-up at various clubs in LA. She learned on-camera puppetry from Mr. Snuffleupagus and played the head of a 20-foot dinosaur on an NBC pilot. She lost on Hollywood Squares.

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