- Paperback: 253 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (March 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031289032X
- ISBN-13: 978-0312890322
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,314,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Devil in a Forest Paperback – March 1, 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
An early fantasy novel from Wolfe, about a young man's troubled hero worship of a medieval highwayman, returns to print after an absence of nearly 20 years.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Like the later Book of the Long Sun, The Devil In A Forest revolves a bit too much around dialogue, but the simplicity of the story in Devil keeps this from becoming a burdensome problem.
It doesn't appear that this is one of Wolfe's customary stories. There were no stories within stories and it didn't appear that the reader needed to be paying extreme attention to every detail to gather everything that is going on, both on screen and off screen. Also, Mark appeared to be an at least mostly reliable narrator. All in all a quick read that was enjoyable, but definitely not my favorite of Wolfe's novels.
It was obviously written for a younger audience as previous reviewers have pointed out, and though it still maintains some of the level of characterization I expect from Wolfe, the writing just isn't as complex as that found in his other works. Yet, the Wolfe-themes of the indeterminancy of Good and Evil are there -- as well as a critical look at religion and superstition.
Consequently, I don't recommend it to anyone other than those who find reading other Wolfe difficult, and hardcore Wolfe fans who wish to complete the bookshelf.