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Darkwood (The Darkwood Series) Paperback – June 13, 2019
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"Regretting You" by Colleen Hoover
From New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us comes a novel about family, first love, grief, and betrayal that will touch the hearts of both mothers and daughters. | Learn more
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- Item Weight : 7.5 ounces
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1788421416
- ISBN-10 : 1788421418
- Product Dimensions : 5.06 x 0.72 x 7.81 inches
- Publisher : Farrago (June 13, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,205,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mostly, though, I just loved all the characters in this story, from Gretel the brave and clever inventor to Buttercup the Cake Witch and Trevor the talking spider and would-be spy (with a fabulous line-up of tiny, dashing outfits to help him go undercover - at least in his own eyes) and the unicorn Charles the Magnificent (who has, as he insists people recognize, MAJESTIC hooves). I loved all of the different slants on familiar fairy tale characters and tropes. I laughed again and again.
I wouldn't necessarily call this an MG book, although it does include MG-aged protagonists. It's one of those quirky, clever, and fun f/sf romps that doesn't quite fit into any neatly labeled age-grouping - but no matter what age you are, if you love Ursula Vernon's Castle Hangnail, Tansy Rayner Roberts's novels, or Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching books, I would DEFINITELY recommend this one.
Halfway through reading it to myself with huge enjoyment, I realized that my 10-year-old would love it too, so I backed up and started again to read it out loud with him. And it was an ENORMOUS success! We've had so many conversations about the characters and setting. Last night, when I finished our bedtime reading session, he let out a happy sigh and said, "I LOVE Darkwood!" Tonight we finished reading it, and he begged me to preorder the next book in the series IMMEDIATELY. Sadly, it's not available for preorder yet - but we will be preordering the instant it's available. This is such a fun world!
Gretel is a mechanical genius. She defends her village along with her brother and their friend and so the witch hunters come for her one day chasing her out of her home and into the evil wood shes been fighting.
A nice updated fairy tale that manages to tell a new version of hanzel and gretel, snow white and jack the giant killer all in one. I’ve already pre-ordered book 2
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I loved the reworking of some fairy tale tropes, which I won't spoil here. I can, however, mention Trevor – the talking, disguise-wearing spider – who is wonderful.
Other reviews draw comparisons with Terry Pratchett: Darkwood is in a similar vein and equally as funny. I think any Pratchett fan will be delighted.
Itching to read the next one now.
Not so with the Darkwood. The author takes figures from well known fairy tales and gives them a whole new life. The characterisation is great - they feel well rounded and not a stereotype in sight. The female characters in particular have far more depth than the standard fantasy offering, making for a much better story. If you normally have trouble identifying with women in the books, read this. If you want your kids to see women as more than just pretty sidekicks, give them this book.
So, in short, if you like Pratchett you will like this. It has all the same attitude and humour towards everyday life in an extraordinary setting, well thought out characters, and there is plenty of scope for this to become a series. It’s a relatable escapism, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone that likes Pratchett’s writing. Just watch out for the Bin Men.
Can’t wait to read the next one!
I retract my sulk and replace it with glee.
Not since I discovered Derek Landy's Skullduggery Pleasant and Terry Pratchett's Discworld have I laughed, chortled, shook and read out chunks of text to my annoyed wife who was waiting to read it.
This should be on everyone's teetering bedside stack, their kindle library, and when (if) the audiobook lands, that too should eternally nestle in the dark recesses of their phones. That way, no matter when or where you are, you can reach for these glittering words and bludgeon your enthusiasm into friends, coworkers or passers by.
This is the first book that has caused me to wake myself up angry because I'm cross I passed out exhausted when I could still be reading this book.
I didn't know it;s a middle grade book, but I liked description enough to request for it and I'm glad I did. If you need something short and light with a lot of fantastic creatures, I recommend you this book.