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This would be the point they stumble across some otherworldy, fantastic element promising just that, and before you can say 'yer a wizard, Harry', they are whisked off into a world of magic and adventure.
I've enjoyed my fair share of books following that formula, there's nothing wrong with it at all, but 'The Edge of the Woods' breaks it in the most refreshing and wonderful way.
Instead of running away from her problems and downright crappy situation in life, Emma meets her challenges head on. She has chance after chance to leave it all behind, but instead she stays and she fights for what she wants. She fights for what she wants for her own life, what she wants for her friends and her Mama, and what she wants for her home. She doesn't need to run to a world of magic and mystery to beat her enemies, she has a power that comes from her own bravery, determination and love for the people she cares about. It's a great twist on a common type of story and one that had me flying through page after page.
That's not to say the fantasy aspects don't play a big part in the plot, they do, but the way they're handled are so different from what you'd expect, it's hard to be disappointed.
Not only is the story different and engaging, but it is filled with a cast of characters who are all real and complicated people. They're characters who don't fit easily into one 'type', but who readers will recognise from their own lives. This speaks to Langley's skill as a writer - by building such strong and believable relationships between the characters - you're not upset that Emma doesn't fly off immediately into this other world, instead you want to stay and fight with her. You know that if she steps into the woods, she'd be giving up too much. And when she does move into the new world it's not because she's defeated by her old one, she's not looking for help or sanctuary; she's still fighting for herself, her home, and the people she loves.
I also have to add that my pre-teen daughter is reading this book right now and is thoroughly enjoying it as well.
I hope to see more great books from this talented author!
It takes place in a time where women are to be married when they turn 18 and if they are not, or if their husband dies at any point, they are shunned and left to to beg or possibly work enough to just get by. The Mayor is the law in the town and he provides the sermons about following the law to be close to God and to not be lead away by the demons.
Around the town is the woods where the "demons" live and they will try to tempt you to go with them. What left me wanting was the fact that we never find out what the "demons" are, why they do what they do, where they came from, etc. I kept waiting for that piece of the story that never came.
Emma is the main character who somewhat befriends one of the "demons" that she names Lonesome. The story goes between her life in the town and her time with Lonesome. There are things that happen in the story that made it a bit interesting and I wanted to see what would happen but was let down. I wanted so much more when it came to the end and the outcome of the relationship with Emma and Lonesome. Instead I was left feeling meh about the whole read.
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