The Woodcutter

The Woodcutter 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 Twelv

  • Title: The Woodcutter
  • Author: Kate Danley
  • ISBN: 9781612185408
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 RDeep 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 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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    About “Kate Danley”

    1. Kate Danley

      Kate Danley began her writing career as an indie author in 2010 Since then, her books have been published by 47North, she spent five weeks on the USA Today bestseller list, and she has been honored with various awards, including the Garcia Award for Best Fiction Book of the Year The Woodcutter , McDougall Previews Award for Best Fantasy Book of the Year Queen Mab , Best of 2014 by Suspense Magazine MK Tracking , and the 2017 Utopia Award for Best Anthology of the Year Once Upon A Kiss Galatea Pygmalion Her play Building Madness won the prestigious Panowski Playwriting Award and her play Bureaucrazy was a semi finalist for the O Neill National Playwrights Conference Her works have been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Canada, and the UK She has over 300 film, television, and theatre credits to her name, and specializes in sketch, improv, and Shakespeare She wrote sketch for a weekly show in Hollywood and has performed her original stand up at various clubs in LA She learned on camera puppetry from the man who played Mr Snuffleupagus and performed the head of a 20 foot dinosaur on an NBC pilot She lost on Hollywood Squares.

    216 thoughts on “The Woodcutter”

    1. I don't understand why so many people were so taken by this book. I'm shocked this won awards and was very disappointed in the flow of her writing ability to tell the story with fluidity. I found it to be broken and rushed in areas and didn't give enough description of the characters as for who they were and what purpose they served in the story but rather was more concerned with the art of the sentence. Which is something that frustrates me when reading. I feel that some authors focus on how be [...]

    2. I'm at work so I can't write too muchThis really seems to be a hit or miss with people. I remember when this book hit my radar a year or two ago. I immediately read the reviews which led me to mentally nixing this book from my TBR. This is partly why I stopped reading so many reviews: I actually really liked this story, and had I relied on reviews alone I probably wouldn't have picked it up. Was it confusing at times? Um, yes. I had to stop the audio multiple times to search the book for informa [...]

    3. It as been some time since a book was able to so utterly transport me to a different world. This was an absolutely enthralling read that I was scarcely able to put down. Kate Danley has a very interesting writing style that works for this type of genre. The Woodcutter's multi-dimensional character contrasts well with the decidedly one-dimensional evil of the Queen and the Gentleman. The emotions that run through this book made me cry with joy and sadness, made me angry, upset, and frustrated, an [...]

    4. A thoroughly enjoyable retelling and combining of fairy tales from various sources.The message the same, even if the meaning is a little different: True love conquers all. In this case however, true love is not the romantic, Disneyfied stuff. It is love that comes without enchantment or disguise. It is the love that contains a willingness for sacrifice and the quiet, comfortable warmth of true understanding and acceptance of another. There is so much of this book that I want to quote, but I don' [...]

    5. I'm still not sure if I liked this book or not. I liked it enough to read it in a couple of sittings. I liked it enough to want to know what was going to happen and to care about some of the characters. But ultimately I came away feeling a bit cheated; as if I'd been given an old pair of shoes in a sparkly box and for a second I'd actually believed they were new.The Woodcutter is a retelling of not just one fairy tale, but pretty much every fairy tale you can possibly imagine. All the standards [...]

    6. The Woodcutter was an interesting idea, I was sure I was going to love it because who doesn't like fairy tales? After reading it though, I honestly believe if it ain't broke don't fix it!The Woodcutter is basically a Frankenstein monster of all the pretty tales you grew up with as a child. Practically every fairy tale you can think of has been dissected, and sown back together in an unattractive and messy way.I really didn't like the narrative and flow of the book. I was only a few chapters in, [...]

    7. No I am sorry but no. I dont see how anyone can give this more then one star. It lacks the passion, action and adventure the author tries to portray in its description. Remember the clear eyes commercial guy? Yea monotone and bland but the words he says are meant to be exciting? Yea thats how I picture the woodcutter wow. Its like pure vanilla sex when you were promised the ride of your life. Im sorry usually I try not to give a bad review and even if I didnt like the book that much I still give [...]

    8. I enjoyed listening to The Woodcutter. It’s not a hugely action packed story, more character led really. However, it is fun following The Woodcutter on his travels, as he encounters a number of very famous fairytale characters. At first it reminded me a little of Alice when she arrives in Wonderland and goes on a journey of meeting random quirky characters. My main criticism is that I think The Woodcutter met too many different characters, making the story feel a little repetitive and slightly [...]

    9. A dark magical tale of faerie, folklore, fable and fantasy that is truly spellbinding! This beautiful book has such a striking, exquisite cover that it certainly stands out on the bookshelf as something unique and not of this world. As one opens the pages it feels like ‘The Neverending Story’ where dreams become reality as you are swept away into a world of myth and legend, of magic and the extraordinary. The twelve kingdoms is a place that you can escape to, reminiscent of Alice exploring W [...]

    10. Full review originally at Fantasy Book Critic OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: The Woodcutter by Kate Danley is a book that slipped me by when it was originally self-published by the author in 2010. I happened across it recently when it was rereleased by 47North. I was very much intrigued by the storyline as it reminded me of The Book Of Lost Things by John Connolly which is one of my all time favorites.The story is set in a realm wherein there are twelve kingdoms and all of them are either ruled by creatures [...]

    11. Not quite a 3, let's say 2.75I wanted a fairytale and I got it. I also got really confused with princesses and princes and queens. And I wasn't even drinking when I read this 😉

    12. OK. Ich gebs auf. Dass das Thema so leicht Grimm/Once Upon A Time mäßig ist, ist nicht jedermanns Sache, okay. Aber meine.Nur dieses Buch ist einfach nur furchtbarst geschrieben. Eine sinnlose Aneinanderreihung von altbekannten Märchencharakteren und neuen. Allerdings lieblos aneinander geklatscht und an keiner Stelle macht man sich die Mühe, mal irgendwas zu erklären oder die Personen weiter vorzustellen. Vielleicht soll es anmuten wie klassische Märchen, wo das ja auch nicht der Fall ist [...]

    13. Honestly, this absolutely sucked and was a chore to finish. I've already forgotten what happened because it was so bad.

    14. Way back in the day, I wrote a lot of fanfiction. Like, a lot a lot. Thousands and thousands of words of it and a few people really dug it. Having written way more fanfic than original anything, I am here to report that fanfic is fun because you can just tell a story. All the characterization and most of the setting is (usually, often) taken care of for you. So you pick a few phrases and a few tropes and then you just get to have a rollicking good time winging the wacky (or morose, or terribly d [...]

    15. Kate Danley, in this book, is like one of those people at the self-serve frozen yogurt shop who have just completely lost focus: "I love cheesecake! I'll have some of that. Oooh, and pumpkin! Strawberry! MANGO! Can't forget cookies and cream. And double chocolate. And cappuccino!" And then they get to the toppings bar: "Blueberries! I can't NOT have gummi bears. I love gummi bears. And whipped cream! Chocolate sprinkles, of course. Some nuts. Also, hot fudge. Perhaps a kiwi slice. And those funk [...]

    16. At the start I though I was going to love this book, with it's interesting mystery involving characters I knew from childhood. Unfortunately I was left disappointed.I found the writing to be very inconsistent, along with the plot. It was all over the place and didn't really make much sense. The amount of fairytale characters didn't really help either, they just made all the more confusing. I feel this was very rushed and with more time and effort could have been shaped into a much better novel. [...]

    17. This book started out feeling a little clunky to me but somehow, once it got going, the writing style just started to make sense and feel natural - it seemed to switch from feeling clunky to feeling starkly lyrical. I would put this in the "comfort book" category because it's a reworking of fairy tales more in the "name dropping" (how many characters can pass through here) way than it is in the actual *re-working* of a fairy tale way (i.e Daughter of the Forest, Into the Woods). I enjoyed it, th [...]

    18. The writer mostly tries to evoke the simple evocative style of the Brothers Grimm, and sometimes attempts to portray the scarier, pagan aspects of the stories - as well as grittier elements of modern life. This is almost completely overwhelmed by the glowing tree spirits, cute pixies and true love at first sight. As fairy tale retellings go, its much more Disney than Angela Carter.Fated love, true love, love at first sight is important to the story - and make me a bad fit as a reviewer, because [...]

    19. I'm not sure how to review this book.For the first 90%, it's a dizzying and sometimes stretched tour of pretty much every western fairy tale you can think of. Baba Yaga and her house. Odin at the head of the Wild Hunt. 12 Dancing Princesses in a house that wanders. All that times a dozen.The central character, the Woodcutter, is charged with maintaining order and balance in the 12 Kingdoms, and he is stalwart and tough about it, and I really enjoyed watching him problem-solve his way around fair [...]

    20. I was interested in this book after reading a few reviews that said the author told a story referencing fairy tales, but in a way that made the tale itself something brand new yet faithful to fairy tales.And this review pulled me in.A thoroughly enjoyable retelling and combining of fairy tales from various sources.The message the same, even if the meaning is a little different: True love conquers all. In this case however, true love is not the romantic, Disneyfied stuff. It is love that comes w [...]

    21. *Review Forthcoming Note: A strange and odd mix of well known fairytales entwined into one. It felt alien at first because I had to prod at the story for the bits I already knew and place it the way it has been mapped out within this story. The process was fairly uncomfortable but I grew accustomed to it. The flair and cadence of the old stories are strong within this modern adaptation. This would be a cool story to read with kids after they are exposed to the old tales. Then you can have lively [...]

    22. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I hadn't read any of the reviews or synopses and had no idea what the book was about. There was a challenge in my reading group earlier in the year to select a book for its cover art and this is the book I selected. The book, although somewhat macabre, was an enjoyable read. I had a delightful time in trying to determine which fairy tales were being referenced as each character and adventure was added to the storyline. There were a couple of characters I could not [...]

    23. Originally posted at FanLit.The Woodcutter lives in an enchanted wood. His job, which he inherited from his ancestors, is to maintain peace and the delicate balance of good and evil in the neighboring realms of humans and fairies. One day when he discovers Cinderella lying dead on the forest floor, he knows that something has gone wrong. Further investigation shows other fairytale characters are in danger, one of Odin’s hellhounds has escaped, and someone is murdering pixies so they can sell p [...]

    24. Not sure. It's not my favourite. I love, love, love fairy tales but I felt unsatisfied by this book. This could be down to the fact the author has tried to write in the style of a fairy tale (I think?). If you reread the old fairy tales there is nothing superfluous within. The tales are but the bones of the story; raw and uncompromising. Mayhap, for some strange reason, I was expecting something more in the way of Mervyn Peake than Brothers Grimm. Like when you order a piece of cake with the hop [...]

    25. I just did not get this book. Going into it, I was excited. The blurb penned it as a dark retelling of fairytales. That sounded awesome. Plus, this book had been on my TBR shelf for almost 2 years. It was getting dusty and I really needed to read it. Sadly, this book failed to enchant me. Here's why:The plot was all over the place and was constantly switching every 2nd or 3rd page. It had no rhythm or flow to it and it seemed like the author had a mix and match of stories combined into one book. [...]

    26. When I first started this book I loved it. The idea of the Woodcutter as the main character and a mix of fairy tales that are going wrong? Sounds good, right! And I like the character of the Woodcutter himself.Somewhere along the way I started to lose interest though. I don't know whether this was due to the story or the narrator of the audio book. I still wanted to see how the story would go, still kept me at least a little interested, but I was good and ready for the book to end when it did.I [...]

    27. I thought this a captivating tale--a fairy tale about fairy tales. Seeing various fairy tale characters popping up was like seeing old friends. The pace is relaxed and the writing is very much like fairy tales--this is not a fast-paced, suspenseful book, but enjoyable in its own right.

    28. What happens.When you mash together every fairy tale in history. And write the story. From the perspective of a Woodcutter.In chapters that are no longer than a page long. And full of sentences like this one. It starts out really interesting. But gets old. Very. Quickly.

    29. Suprisingly intense read, for a spin on fairy tales. The writing style is spare and elegant. Definitely enjoyable.

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