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The Woodcutter

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  9,817 ratings  ·  1,262 reviews
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 R
Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by 47North (first published October 2010)
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Kate Danley So sorry I am JUST now seeing this! Iron Shoes is from the Norwegian fairytale "East of the Sun, West of the Moon." It is a gorgeous tale.
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C.L. Cloud
Jan 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Fiona Leonard
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it
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
 Simply Sam ツ
I'm at work so I can't write too much...

This 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 info
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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,
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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'
Lucy King
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am so happy I did not stop myself from reading this book because of the bad reviews here. It was so beautiful. I now understand why so many people not liked it. If you expect a modern fairy tale retelling, I have to dissapoint you. This piece is written in the old ways as the traditional original oooold fairytales like H.C. Andersen, I felt like a little child again when I listened to the story of Red Riding hood and and recalled as a child wanting to get under the blanket of the fear of the w ...more
Jul 12, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 stil ...more
The Woodcutter is a fairytale focusing on, you guessed it, the woodcutter of a magical forest that links 12 kingdoms together. The Woodcutter is a part of the forest itself but when he discovers a young girl with glass slippers dead, he knows all is not right in his world. As he goes to investigate, he ends up having to use his particular brand of magic to save himself, and others, on countless occasions.

This was a surprising but enjoyable read, and I was able to fly through it in one sitting.At
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it

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 creature
Oct 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
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 c ...more
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 Wonde
Stefani - SpelingExpirt
Honestly, this absolutely sucked and was a chore to finish. I've already forgotten what happened because it was so bad.
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
WOW. A brilliant mashup of Grimm’s fairy tales and the fae of legend, spun by a master storyteller. I loved, loved, LOVED this book. ♥️🙌🏻
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Not quite a 3, let's say 2.75

I 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 😉
Feb 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-for-me
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.
Aug 24, 2013 marked it as to-read
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Kat  Hooper
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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 pix
May 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie Davis
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 come
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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 ...more
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, ...more
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.
Camille Maio
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A whimsical look at fairy tale life, Danley took beloved characters and wove them into a tapestry of her own.
The Woodcutter brushed the dust from his beard and reflected on how sphinxes would live much longer if they just asked a different riddle.

The Woodcutter is a retelling of fairy tales both familiar and fantastical as it weaves a larger story that focuses on the fate of the Twelve Kingdoms. A protector of the fairy realms, the Woodcutter finds himself on an epic quest to save the future of these Kingdoms from the scheming machinations of the Queen and the Gentleman. There's true love, pixie dust,
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
kicking myself for having this book on my to be read for like a year? I could have reread it by now! lol no for real I love this book and cant believe I haven't heard of it before now? Like I love like everything about this book! I need to own it lol
Jan 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, reviewed, fantasy
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
Meredith Reads
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
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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 Maga ...more

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