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The Woodcutter Paperback – November 6, 2012
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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 --This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.
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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. I didn't *need* more information. That was all I needed because I *knew*, viscerally, deep inside, that the sound was terrible.
Does the plot hold up to critical analysis? Honestly, I don't know. I didn't completely understand the land's framework - but I didn't care at the time and I don't now. It didn't matter. It's a fairy tale and the suspension of disbelief, with this book, was effortless and complete for me.
Maybe you, too, can believe in the magic again.
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.
If you are at all inclined to read fairytales, you should give this book a try. It reimagines so many of your favorite well known and more obscure fairytales and legends at a honeyed paced.