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Silver in the Wood

(The Greenhollow Duology #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  2,049 ratings  ·  483 reviews
There is a Wild Man who lives in the deep quiet of Greenhollow, and he listens to the wood. Tobias, tethered to the forest, does not dwell on his past life, but he lives a perfectly unremarkable existence with his cottage, his cat, and his dryads.

When Greenhollow Hall acquires a handsome, intensely curious new owner in Henry Silver, everything changes. Old secrets better
Paperback, 112 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by
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Jackie None of the characters in this book are under the age of 20. Silver is 23. By definition, that makes this an adult book, even if it is perfectly…moreNone of the characters in this book are under the age of 20. Silver is 23. By definition, that makes this an adult book, even if it is perfectly appropriate for younger audiences.(less)
Emily Tesh I’m so glad you enjoyed the book! May I recommend Uprooted by Naomi Novik? A dangerously magical forest and its inhabitants lie at the heart of the…moreI’m so glad you enjoyed the book! May I recommend Uprooted by Naomi Novik? A dangerously magical forest and its inhabitants lie at the heart of the book.(less)

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3.5 stars

Silver in the Wood reads like a forest fairytale. It could be seen like a loose m/m retelling of the Green Man myths, so it's fitting that this is a story about rebirth and reawakening, not only of nature after spring but of people after toxic relationships.

It's a quiet, slow story, and if at first I thought that the pacing was odd - things happen too quickly, but the book is still slow? - I realized that in a way it was a reflection of how the main character, who is part of the wood,
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Wow. Wow. I can't believe I didn't read this sooner, because once I started it, I devoured it in a single sitting. I didn't expect it to be so beautiful and so emotional. I'll review this once I can stop feeling too many things RTC ...more
Ashleigh | Wild Heart Reads
Silver in the Wood is a lyrical dream of a book. In just over 100 pages Tesh transports you to a whole other world, where magic lives deep within the forest and other-worldly beings walk.

This was such a gorgeous little volume. I fell in love with Tesh's descriptions of Greenhollow, and Tobias. It's lush and vibrant. It's a spell that is woven around you slowly, bring you into the deep dark green.

The relationship between Tobias and Silver lovely to watch unfold. It's a subtle thing and creeps up
K.J. Charles
A sweet, shortish m/m fantasy romance novella, with a folklore-ish background. Fans of T Kingfisher will like this, though it doesn't quite have the bite under the kindness that makes Kingfisher exceptional. It's a very nice read, though I have to admit the cover (and publisher) primed me to expect something a lot darker and stranger, so I felt slightly off the mark throughout, which is my problem rather than the book's. The cover is stunning, mind.
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Silver in the Wood is a charming novella, filled with beautiful prose and imagery. It's a sweet, quick read and leaves you feeling happy. The characterization was done exceptionally well. You can really feel the vibes of the characters and connect with them. I think this is the only book I have ever read in which kindness is truly felt, and it gives you insight into what it means to be genuine and selfless.

Loved it.
Freya Marske
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
GREEN MAN FOLKLORE, BUT MAKE IT GAY. This may not be perfect for everyone but it's damn well perfect for me: a gorgeous, subtle masterpiece of a fairytale about green woods and old evils, which also manages to be a hilarious story about what you do when your Terrible Ex and your mother-in-law both invade your lovely private house in the same week. The narrative voice is understated and wry and yet totally evocative of both magical imagery and quiet, strong, deep-running emotion.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
listen. LISTEN. this book is the Book Of My Heart and i wish i could give it 6 stars because it deserves it.

in this house, we stan TWO (2) idiot morons: tobias “i’m a very, very, very tired homosexual and i just wish to rest” finch and henry “oh wow! so convenient how there’s only one bed!! have i mentioned that my resume reads ‘certified monster-fucker’? lol i love tropes!!!!!!” silver. (LEGENDS ONLY.)

this book is EVERYTHING i love about myth and faery and the power of story mixed with “okay
Holly (The Grimdragon)
"Slow and green he felt the life of it, the life that had been his life as well these four centuries past. It poured around him thick and steady, binding all together: the long patient strength of the trees that anchored, the deep bright power of the handful of dryads--Tobias felt Bramble clear as day among them, young and strong--and then the small and necessary, the bracken and ferns, the mosses and mushrooms. Here were the songbirds and ravens and solemn wide-winged owls, shy deer and ...more
Kristen Burns
3 Stars

*I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.*

I liked certain elements of this novella, but others just didn’t work for me.

I think this was just too short for anything to be very developed or for me to feel any connection to or between the characters. It’s not that novellas can’t be good, just that maybe this particular idea needed a longer book. The main character (Tobias) didn’t have much personality, the two characters hardly interacted much
Rachael Marie
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just finished my first book for 2020 and read it all within 1 hour and in 1 sitting.
Gay and Fae. PERFECTION.

Dark and whimsical with rich worldbuilding of an enchanted forest with Dryads and creatures of the old gods.

Beautiful and sublime.
rachel ☾
a lush, magical fairytale

Trigger warnings for (view spoiler).

Representation: Tobias (mc) is queer (mlm); Henry (li) is queer (mlm); Fabian (sc) is queer (mlm).

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Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a queer little book in every sense of the word. Silver in the Wood is high on atmosphere, yet low on characterization and plot - not necessarily a criticism for a book that clocks in at just over 100 pages. I enjoyed it without feeling satisfied by it, if that makes any sense.

The story revolves around the mysterious Tobias Finch, a giant who has lived in a cottage in the woods of Greenhallow...for several centuries. His companions are a cat named Pearl, and an overprotective dryad
J.A. Ironside
ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I think Tor.Com is one of my favourite publishers, if not my absolute favourite. I love what they're doing in terms of giving own voice authors and diverse sff stories a place with their selection of novellas.

Silver in the Wood is a sort of retelling of the British-Celtic 'Green-man' or 'Jack in the Green' myth, with a bit of an Erlkonig/ wild hunt/ faerie abduction vibe thrown in. There's also a hint of some of the older folkloric
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
This was a fun and imaginative debut novella. I read it in one sitting and it was pretty good. But, like with most novellas, I felt like there was more lore stuffed in here for this short of a story. I wanted more and I felt like a longer story would have gotten me more attached to Tobias and Henry. Along with fully fleshed out their relationship because I wasn't that into it being romantic. They barely had chemistry as friends for me.

In the end, a good story but there were things that could
c, (½ of readsrainbow)
On my blog.

Rep: gay mcs

Galley provided by publisher

If you’re like me, sometimes you just don’t have the patience to read a full length novel. Sometimes, all you want to do is read novellas because you can get through them quicker when your concentration is shot. So, really, Silver in the Wood was the perfect story.

It’s about Tobias, a man who lives on the edge of the wood. He isn’t an ordinary man – he knows dryads and keeps the people of the village safe when he needs to. And then one day
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is honestly such a short book. I read it in two short sittings, and now I’m sad that it’s over.

Story Summary
This is the story of Tobias and Henry. Basically Henry Silver wanders through the forest and accidentally walks near Tobias’s cottage. Thanks to magic and such Henry doesn’t notice a thing until Tobias calls out to him and lets him in. From there the two f them grow closer and closer, but there’s also something dark in this forest. Something they both are going to have to deal with.
The Artisan Geek
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Matthew Galloway
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think this was the story I really needed tonight. Is a quick little novella, but full to the brim with beautiful writing. In some ways both characters felt like different aspects of myself which, in a way, is odd because there’s attraction between the two of them. And I needed this story of how a beautiful thing can grow from a traumatic thing, that lives and forests have many lives, that for every terrible thing in nature, there is also something beautiful. That life doesn’t have to be ...more
ash | emeraldbookowl
ARC kindly provided by Macmillan-Tor/Forge via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

This is a novella/short story- checking in at 112 pages.

gay and fae; old forests, forgotten gods
Emmy Neal
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2019-release
So, romance as a genre isn't something I normally dive into. No particular reason, really. I feel like I might need to change that after reading Silver in the Wood, as this was such a delightful read. Everyone on my Twitter feed seems to be talking about it for the last few weeks and months, and they're not wrong. It is a great little story. Possibly there were some pacing issues for me towards the end, but maybe that is just the style of the genre and something that's commonly done. That said ...more
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
why helllloooo there ...more
Jan 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

There were a lot of things I liked about this novella.

As somebody who spent most of the childhood hours in woods I'm always fascinated by this subject. It could have been even more wood description/interaction for my taste.

I very much like the length. There is no need for novel length narrations for a theme like this.

The incorporation of folklore also was well done. Especially old forests just cry for deeper mysteries.

And I loved Henry Silver two sentences into his first appearance.

Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Woahhh! First let's just take a moment to admire the amazing cover they give to this book! That's being said, the content is as good as the cover for me! Amazing book! I'm not the biggest fan of fairy and stuff, but I really enjoy forest, tree and enchanted forest and this book was on my radar for a while. Finally bought it and it deserve every dollar I spend on it. A short read, one sitting read, that has it all. It has forest, magic, nature, old/almost immortal creatures, love, intriguing ...more
You know how sometimes you drink a glass of water and it's just, like, the best? You were just the right amount of thirsty, it was just the right amount of cold but not too cold, it doesn't have any weird aftertaste or anything floating in it, it's just pure and good and you down the whole glass in five big gulps.

The rare perfect glass of water and reading Silver in the Wood are two very similar experiences. This novella is just so easy to read. The prose is effortless, but that special kind of
3.5 stars. This was originally posted on AO3 as an original work (source). I didn't read that version and don't know what changed before it was republished in this form. I did still get the sense throughout that Tesh had a background in fandom/fanfic, for what that's worth, re: pacing and certain tropes cropping up, the not-quite-there character work requiring the reader to do more mental gymnastics reading into the character dynamics than they ought to for non-fandom characters. I don't know ...more
Austine (NovelKnight)
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases
This book was provided by the publisher (via NetGalley). This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I'm not entirely sure what to say aboutSilver in the Wood. I liked it but I also felt like I was missing something. . . but also not? It was a weird feeling.

Novellas aren't usually what I go for when it comes to reading material but I liked the dark fairy tale vibe I got from the synopsis for this one and decided to give it a try! It's a quick read, probably took
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This story unfolds beautifully, is surprisingly emotional, and over much too soon. Definitely a worthwhile forest fairytale and Green Man retelling.

Almost makes me want to go on a hike... almost.
A lovely, lyrical Green Man tale that was all too brief. Lush and atmospheric. Beautiful, austere prose. A very slowly developing romance with a clever twist in the storyline.
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EMILY TESH grew up in London and studied Classics at Trinity College, Cambridge, followed by a Master's degree in Humanities at the University of Chicago. She now lives in Hertfordshire.

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The Greenhollow Duology (2 books)
  • Drowned Country (The Greenhollow Duology, #2)
“He knew it the same way the woodsman knew it, because he knew trees: but he also knew it with the knowledge of the Wild Man of Greenhallow, who felt every slow green beat of the forest's heart.” 2 likes
“Tobias had thought and thought about it, for four hundred years, until he’d reached the conclusion that Fabian must have loved him, after all, in his own way. That was the worst of it. The thing that woke now every year was always glad to see him.” 1 likes
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