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Silver in the Wood

(The Greenhollow Duology #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  9,886 ratings  ·  2,075 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 l
Paperback, 112 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Tordotcom
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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 bo…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)
Jo 'kittykat' Tortitude Age of characters does not define what age range a book is for, nor does the lack of any sexual content considering that sex has been written into fic…moreAge of characters does not define what age range a book is for, nor does the lack of any sexual content considering that sex has been written into fiction for teenagers for decades. It's the target audience (ie who it is written for) that does that.

Whilst Silver in the Wood is not aimed at a YA audience, like many adult books, it could certainly be enjoyed by teenagers - especially those who like a touch of the mysterious and whimsical. I would highly recommend it for all age ranges.(less)

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chai ♡
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“Silver in the Woods” stirred up a nest of longing inside me, and when I finished it, a wild desire gripped me to walk into the woods—to walk and walk and walk until I found someplace quiet and silent and still where all my misery is turned into smoke, like dawn fog wicked away by the sun.

This is a novel that delights the senses. In vivid and mordant prose, the author writes of the sweetness of being known, of love that comes so softly, of people whose
Lala BooksandLala
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Oh how I wanted to love this.

Book 8 of 30 for my 30 day reading challenge!
Jul 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
Novellas are tricky. Developing a world and a story in a hundred-ish pages is not an easy task unless you want to end up with either an overbloated short story or an underdeveloped anemic novel. You need just a right amount of story and plot that is both large and small enough to inhabit the short-ish length, and just enough exposition to create, but not overwhelm the atmosphere.

Silver in the Wood was enchanting and atmospheric and not a bad way for a new writer to show off her writing chops as
amy ☂︎
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq-rep, 2020
me, crying over enchanted trees at 3am: i'm not sure i'm handling this quarantine well ...more
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, e
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. ...more
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Lauren Lanz
Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Silver in the Wood —with its cottagecore, cat-loving man bound to a forest of magical trees— was amazing! The atmosphere in particular felt entirely tangible and lovely; I could almost believe I was experiencing the story whilst traversing the woods with Tobias and Silver.

~★~ What is this book about? ~★~

Somewhere in Greenhollow there is a cottage home to Tobias Finch, unbeknownst to the outside world as the Wild Man gracing storybooks and myths.
Tobias’ quiet life mingling with forest sprite
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 b
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
ash | novelly rooted
Silver in the Wood is a lyrical forest fairy tale; a queer love story at a little over 100 pages. Prepare to be transported into a magical realm of beautiful forest-- where you will fall in love, experience genuine kindness, and personality. It's a magical blend of fantasy elements and folklore featuring forgotten gods.

The pages are filled with a particular dark and gritty undertone that tell a story of death, rebirth, and transcendence. I couldn't shake the overwhelming sadness that chased me t
h o l l i s
Thank goodness for the cover reveal of book two or I don't know when I would've prioritized picking this one up.

SILVER IN THE WOOD is a slow-unfurling novella about the bargains made with old gods, the darkness of the wood, and new beginnings at the end of things. This wasn't at all what I expected — I fully thought this would be darker, edgier, and instead it was more melancholy, charming, and sweet. Nonetheless I'm still rounding up, even if my expectations weren't quite met, because I still
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
My one especially big weakness when it comes to reading is woodsy books, and a woodsy book this was.

In England (and some other places) there's an old lore about a figure known as The Green Man, who is a forest spirit or wood deity of some form. Silver in the Wood takes this lore and puts its own lovely little spin on it. Tesh has a fluid, engaging writing style, and the woods setting was rich and evocative. Equally, so was the way reality was woven in to coexist besides the magical setting of th
Allison Hurd
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well done. Reads very much like a fairy tale but from the other side and queer friendly. I wanted a bit more meat but I gobbled it up regardless so can't say I didn't like it.

CONTENT WARNING: (view spoiler)

Things to love:

-Writing. Fluid and confident.

-Tobias. What a compelling character

-The flow. If you enjoy fairy tales or folk stories, this will pull you in with its loving mimicry of that style.

-Mrs. Silver. She's a badass.

Things that le
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. ...more
rachel ☾
Reread #1 (Nov 2020): ★★★★★

the fact this was initially posted on a03 makes it all the better.

Original Read (Dec 2019): ★★★★☆

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).

Ash | 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
Jun 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
but like, this lowkey gives TJ Klune vibes?? Or is that just me???
Melanie  Brinkman
What secrets lay at your roots?

Deep within Greenhollow lives Tobias. Thought by many to be a myth, a legend, he listens to the woods. A Wild Man, he lives an unremarkable existence. Dwelling with his cottage, his cat, and his dryads, evading his past life.

But then Greenhollow Hall gains a eccentric landlord, eager to learn about the odd man who lives in the woods. But Henry Silver's searches dredge of secrets that are better left buried, Tobias is force to reckon with his troubled past, both the
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.
Amy Imogene Reads
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Keeping this one short and sweet: this was the perfect novella for fans of faeries, underworlds, sentient woods, and subtle yet loud magic.

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3.5 stars.

An atmospheric queer retelling of the Green Man of the Woods. Tobias has lived in Greenhallow for over 400 years. He is the wild man that the village tell stories about, and he's the one who keeps the dryads in check and the ghouls down. So when Henry Silver turns up outside his cottage, soaked through, he never expects to spend his winter passing along fairy tales and falling in love. But dark secrets surround Tobias, and summer is never a good time for humans to walk the woods alone
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 calle
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
4 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
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 3-star
Here are three things I am feeling right now after finishing this book.
• Confused
• Detached
• Gross

Will I tell everyone to read this?
Oh, Yess definitely.
So they can tell me what the heck just happened.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
2nd read August 2020: whatever problem I had with the POV of Tobias the first time it wasn't there anymore. I listened to the audiobook this time and the narration did wonderful justice to the lone woodman. (Perhaps I was not in the right mood?)

So I'm bumping up to 4.5 stars.

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 e
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely, atmospheric novella that is filled with lyrical prose and reads like a fairy tale.
I enjoyed this quite a bit and would definitely pick up the next one!
Zitong Ren
This was really quite nice and it was so atmospheric and I really enjoyed the writing. The worldbuilding was also fairly solid and I felt it largely achieved what it needed to do. I would have liked both the characters and plot line to probably have been a bit stronger and slightly punchier considering the novella is pretty short. Though the romance doesn’t always feel to be super important it is pretty integral to the story I felt. It honestly was as well developed as it could have been within ...more
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 burrowi ...more
Short but sweet. The forest setting attracted me first, considering my name which apparently derives from the Latin “silva”, meaning “wood, woodland, forest, wild .... who lives or comes from the woods". I rarely visited any forest (mosquitoes, snakes, hiking through bushes, etc), don't live near or come from one, and feel at ease more in the ocean. So, yeah, I'd like to use SFF to whet some appetite.

Did it work? Yes. That's why I will continue with the next book even though this book does not
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Emily Tesh, a two-time Astounding Award finalist, is the author of the World Fantasy Award-winning Greenhollow Duology, which begins with the novella Silver in the Wood and concludes with Drowned Country. Some Desperate Glory, her first novel, is forthcoming in 2022 from tordotcom publishing.

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