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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  362 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Trix Woodcutter is the long prophesied Boy Who Talks to Animals. He’s also a foundling prankster scamp who places his family under a sleeping spell so that he can run away from home. Compelled by a vision of his dead birthmother, Trix departs on the eve of a Great Catastrophe, only to find himself caught in the maelstrom. Armed with little more than his wits and the wisdom ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 15th 2015 by Alethea Kontis (first published May 3rd 2015)
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Barry Simiana
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great new spin-off series that occurs between the adventures of the Woodcutter Sisters by Alethea Kontis. This, like the others, rocks and rolls. Though not grounded as deeply in fairy tales, they are still hidden there along with hints to myth and legend. The writing is tight, the adventure is high and the reading damn fine.

As a jaded old bloke who still likes to read fairy stories to his kids, and play with the stories a little in the quiet times, I must recommend this and the others in the
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The more Kontis writes in this world, the more involved and complicated her worldbuiding becomes. This one definitely had fairy tale elements, and some of the pieces were pulled right from fairy tales, but the over arching story was most definitely not. I am really, really enjoying these novels.
Nicole D.
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is only to be read AFTER Hero(book 2 in the Woodcutter Sister' series). You wouldn't really enjoy it otherwise.

This book begins just after Trix spells his family in Hero and goes out on his own to see his dead birth mother. This book or more like novella tells what adventures Trix was having during the events of Hero.

I was really excited to read this and was not disappointed. I wanted to know what kind of trouble Trix was getting up to during Hero. I didn't know much about Trix other
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trix Woodcutter never really interested me until now. I was always more interested in the rest of the Woodcutters, Sunday, Saturday, Friday and the others. Reading Trixter has changed all of that. I fell quickly in love with the part fey boy. Even though Trixter is a novella it felt as full as any of Alethea's other books.

As the story opens we are introduced to Trix as he is escaping from his family after bewitching their food. We then get to experience the flood that Saturday created from yet
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This might be my favorite story yet. I love Trix and Lizinia is pure joy. I want the second story now. All the stories in all honesty.
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was really surprised at how much I adored this book! The Woodcutter Sisters series is not my favorite. I liked Enchanted well enough, it was an okay book, but I wasn't thrilled with it. I hesitated to buy this book, as I thought the series has a bit of a weird feel to it. (I've only read the first book of the series, I couldn't read anymore) So the only reason I bought this book was because A. Trix can talk to animals B. It's a fairy-tale retelling and C. I was hoping it was a different story ...more
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was fun to learn more about Trix Woodcutter! In the beginning, he's running away from home after his birthmother appeared in his dreams and called for him. Trix is able to talk to animals, which helps him in his travels. He meets interesting people and animals and has quite the adventure.

I loved getting more of the story of the Woodcutter family, and especially learning more about Trix. There were twists and turns along the way and the ending definitely left me wanting more! It's a short
John Bowen
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible read. Princess Alethea Kontis spins a mind blowing tale about the boy that we all imagined ourselves to be.
This story kept me locked in for the entire wild ride!
I am eager to find out what adventures will follow for the young Trix and the rest of the Woodcutter clan.

- The Good Fairy
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Alethea Kontis has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Amongst a glut of fairy tale retellings, her books immediately stood out for me for both the author's keen knowledge of fairy tales, and the witty way she incorporates even the most obscure into her novels. They have often have a light touch with humor that makes me think of some modern fairy tales, like Alice in Wonderland (while still, ya know, making sense!) with a great sense of innovation and adventure.

In my now lost review of
Dee Sunday
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dee
I just re-read this for the second time after reading Ms. Kontis first two books to read them in chronological order.

The books are fast paced and wonderfully written. I yearn to learn more about the world that she has spun in the Woodcutter Sisters series. Trixter has temporarily satisfied my desire for more experiences in their world. I love that there are real consequences to ones actions that seem to be missing in "modern" a.k.a. Disney fairy tales. The lessons taught in the books are
Deborah Blake
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much I immediately went out and bought everything else Alethea Kontis has written. Her twist on fairy tales is completely original and totally enchanting. She's a must buy for me from now on.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ghosts
I really liked the first 3 books I read by Kontis. So it was a no-brainer to keep reading. This one was fun, but it felt brief--like it was missing something or else it had simply stopped mid-journey. When I got to the back of the book, I saw there had been a publisher change. That shift, I believe, is responsible for the transition. Don't get me wrong, Trix was fun to read and I enjoyed the further foray into Arilland, particularly as his story ran simultaneously with the adventures of Saturday ...more
Maggie Boyd
I get quite irked when I pay four dollars for half a book and that is exactly what happened here. Trix put his foster family to sleep in order to visit his birth mother and when the magic responds to his wish, it winds up calling a magical ocean to him. As he travels he meets a girl made of gold, a spider, a magical cat and a host of other creatures. Just when we think we are coming to the end of the story we learn it is actually the beginning of the next adventure which completes the tale! ...more
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adventure, magic
I read this without reading any of the other books in the Arilland series, and I think I liked it better for that. Trix's family is straight from fairy tales (plural), but he has been set apart as The Boy Who Talks to Animals. His quest to find? save? join? his birth mother takes him on a predictable but exciting journey, and ends with me feeling like this was just the introductory fairy tale to a larger epic. Some plot holes and eye-roll-inducing moments, but overall a very enjoyable novella. ...more
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun story! This is the first of Alethea's books I've read, and I do wish I had realized {my own fault, mind you} that there were preceding novels in the series, as I would've gotten them prior to reading this one. Due to that, the book was a little confusing, but still enjoyable. I enjoyed the elements from familiar fairy tales mixed with the new ideas presented. I look forward to reading more of Alethea's work in the future!
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I always enjoy a Kontis fairytale book but I wanted it longer! So much happened in this short novella and I wanted more. Trix should have his own book in this series, not a novella. Besides that, I enjoyed it very much.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very entertaining read. I only wish it were longer!
Emily Von pfahl
Not quite as strong as the main books in the Woodcutter series, but still a fast and enjoyable read.
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stuck with Trix

So, I was never a fan of Trix. I want to read about the sisters!!!! This book was better than I thought, Trix still isn't my favorite.
Kirsti Call
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Magical, compelling and fun to read!
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well this on has taken me a hot minute to read. Ha. Sorry I waited so long! It was an excellent edition to the series. :)
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A bit two short, not quite on par with his sisters' books.
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
You know from my previous reviews of Enchanted, Dearest, and Hero that I'm a Kontis fan. She deftly combines and explores multiple fairytales and folklore stories in the Woodcutter sisters books. Some are stronger than others, but all of them are funny and sweet, and very approachable.

I was bummed to learn that her previous publisher dropped contract, so I will never get to read about how Thursday became a Pirate Queen (I need that story, Alethea!). But I'm tickled that she went ahead and
Trixter begins where Hero and Dearest began, with Trix Woodcutter putting a sleeping potion on his family and running away to save his biological mother. This, of course, was just before Saturday threw her magic mirror out the window and accidentally caused an ocean to flood the countryside. But getting swept up in a magical ocean is only the beginning of the adventures for The Boy Who Talks to Animals.

Trixter was, in my opinion, one of the best books I have seen by Alethea Kontis yet. Enchanted
In the previous book, Hero, Saturday and Trix set off a chain of events that leads to a massive flood, but we only saw Saturday's side of the story. Trix had quite the adventure after he left his family behind. Caught up in Saturday's massive flood, he finds himself underwater and off on a grand new adventure.

Wishing on a passing star sets off a series of events that will ultimately lead Trix far from home, but bring him right where he was heading at the same time. Along the way he meets quite
J.p. Stephens
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Let me begin with a word of caution to read this book after Enchanted and Hero (books 1 and 2 of the Woodcutter series). While the book stands beautifully on its own, it contains spoilers for those books which are far too delightful to be spoiled.

Since other reviewers have summarized the book so well, I will try to briefly capture what I love most about this novella. In the Woodcutter series, Kontis has created a magical world the likes of which is far too uncommon in contemporary fiction. In
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Trixter by Alethea Kontis is about the many fun and exciting adventures of Trix Woodcutter, the Boy Who Talks to Animals. It is a fairly quick read, that middles school students and young adults will enjoy. Full of magical beings and mythical creatures, this novel will entice the attention young readers. The enticing cover will also catch the attention of its readers. I would recommend this novel to readers that enjoy the combination of fantasy and fairytales.

Series: Books of Arilland
Katie Spina
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is technically book 2.5 of the series, but I read it after reading book 3, and I'm very glad I did. There are mysteries and secrets revealed in Dearest that are slightly spoiled if you read Trixter first, but if you wait, then those same secrets are delightful nuggets of joy that you get to share with Trix when they're revealed.

I keep waiting to get sick of these books. So far, I've read the first 4 with the sequel to Trixter coming up next, and I just can't get Arilland out of my head.
Rachel Joy
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Every time I finish one of Alethea Kontis' books, I can't wait for the next one to come out. And now I'm in a total state of anticipation as she has me waiting for two books because I'm now completely hooked on the Trixter Adventures (which I knew beforehand that I would be), and I'm of course waiting for the next Woodcutter Sisters book to come out.

Alas, and alack, woe is me!

Alethea Kontis never fails to deliver a wonderful story, part fairy tale retelling and part her own inventions. Her
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a fun, entertaining, enchanting book! I love Alethea Kontis' writing style, how her sentences and words flow with the story she tells, topsy-turvy or languidly, packed with emotions and joy and how many fairy tales are woven into her amazing story, some very obviously, some you nearly miss. You can't help but fall for Trixter, master of mischief, with the big heart and the humble opinion of himself. How he always helps and thinks of others more than of himself, but how he always manages to ...more
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"A veritable badass fairy princess." --Jim Butcher

"The faerie princess of the worlds of weird." --Jonathan Maberry

"Alethea Kontis IS fairy tales." --Jim C. Hines, author of Libriomancer

"Alethea Kontis: Awesome, racks up award nominations, wears tiaras." --SF author Ferrett Steinmetz

"I want to live in [Alethea's] head because I think that might be the most interesting place in the world!!!!"

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