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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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Product Details

  • File Size: 350 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453876146
  • Publisher: 47North (November 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y30722
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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70 of 74 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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57 of 61 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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46 of 52 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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20 of 21 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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31 of 35 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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12 of 13 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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Writing, A Parade of Cameos, Melodramatic September 5, 2013
Format:Paperback
I had just finished reading Dance of Dragons before I started this book. The disparity in writing ability is incredible. This book is terribly written. Each chapter is a page or two long. There is very little of the "show, don't tell" that is the foundation of good writing. It feels like a parade of empty cameo appearances from all kinds of mythical characters, filled with senseless melodrama. We are not let into the minds of the characters, we just see their melodramatic reactions, like this: "The Woodcutter bowed his head, feeling the weight of a million worlds placed like a yoke upon his shoulders." A million worlds? That's not a bit much? And we are not told why. This is the tone of the book. Even from the first page, I cringed at "her breath caught in her throat, for she heard the clatter of death waiting to fall." The clatter of death waiting to fall? What on earth does that mean? I'm shocked that this book won any awards. Maybe the story ends up being good, but I couldn't get past the poor writing.

If good writing makes a difference to you, you'll be glad you skipped this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars imaginative, wonderful story
I was intrigued by the book's premise from the very beginning and continued to be enthralled until the end. a wonderful tale of virtuous and steadfast vs. greedy and evil.
Published 1 hour ago by Dorothy A. Lindblad
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this! The story is slow paced and there isn't much action, but I didn't mind in the least. I would definitely recommend!
Published 1 day ago by Jerrod
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairy tales with a twist.
I loved this new telling of old favorites. I would recommend this book for any age. The Woodcutter is a hero for the ages. I am looking forward to the next Kate Danley book.
Published 3 days ago by irritating the living
1.0 out of 5 stars Rusty, dusty.
I ordered this book because I am a fan of the show "Once Upon A Time." There were some similarities that I liked very much. Read more
Published 14 days ago by K. Becerra
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
Suspenseful, familiar, yet very new. Great mix and mysteries. Hard to put down. The Woodcutter was such a delightful character.
Published 1 month ago by Ronda Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars A fairy tale book that's entertaining
Very entertaining if you're into fairy tale sort of stories. You could find a lot of characters that were obviously supposed to be from many different stories; one example only... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bza
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
intense. moving. wonderful. the kind of book that makes the heart soar and transports you to another realm. beautifully written.
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Monroe
3.0 out of 5 stars Story was fast moving. A Little too many fairy ...
Story was fast moving.
A Little too many fairy tales intermixed for me.
Published 2 months ago by louise
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed encountering each new fairy tale character as the story ...
Interesting premise. I enjoyed encountering each new fairy tale character as the story moved along. Read more
Published 2 months ago by OfcrRipley
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More About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Kate Danley's debut novel The Woodcutter (47North) was honored with the Garcia Award for the Best Fiction Book of the Year, the 1st Place Fantasy Book in the Reader Views Literary Awards, and was the 1st place winner of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Her book Queen Mab was honored with the McDougall Previews Award for Best Fantasy Book. Her Maggie MacKay: Magical Tracker series has been optioned for film and television.

Her plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, and DC Metro area. She has over 300+ film, television, and theatre credits to her name, specializing in sketch, improv, and Shakespeare. She trained in on-camera puppetry with Mr. Snuffleupagus and played the head of a 20-foot dinosaur on an NBC pilot.

She lost on Hollywood Squares.

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