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The Woodcutter by Kate Danley
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Apr 08, 2011

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Read from June 17 to 29, 2011

I'm not gonna lie...there is a LOT going on in this book. So many characters have been entwined to create a whole new story - Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White, Cinderella, Rumplestiltskin, even Titania and Oberon from A Midsummer Night's Dream (and probably some more). For about the first 20-30% of the novel, I felt a bit overwhelmed. So much information was given - almost mentioned casually, instead of explained, like I should have known these things going into the novel. There were all sorts of things I was unsure of: who or what qualified to be fae, the difference between all the types of bloods (particularly the mixed), which of the twelve kingdoms each person was from (also magical vs. ordinary), etc. Has my paragraph confused you yet? That's simliar to what I was experiencing as I tried to figure out what the Woodcutter's role in all this confusion would really be.

Once I got about half-way in, it all started to make sense. I developed a better sense of what was going on and figured out the answers to my questions above. And the Woodcutter had finally been given a job to fulfill: to round up the loose hellhound that went rogue and was killing off the royalty of the twelve kingdoms.

It took a while for me to really get into this novel, but it slowly won me over the farther I got into it. The story was intriguing, filled with dark twists you won't see coming, and the ending even made me cry a little bit. If you're really versed in fairytales, you may be able to jump into this tale with no problem. Others, like me, will find it a little more difficult to understand the whole picture, but if you push through the hang-ups, you'll be rewarded with an unpredictable and charming new fairytale.
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