Silver in the Wood
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...more
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)
“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 ...more
Silver in the Wood was enchanting and atmospheric and not a bad way for a new writer to show off her writing chops as ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
CONTENT WARNING: (view spoiler)[ some body horror, loss of a loved one. (hide 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 ...more
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 ...more
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)[alcohol consumption, minor blood depiction & physical injuries (gunshot wounds), murder & attempted murder, kidnapping, gun violence, knife violence & stabbing, and disappearance of a loved one (hide spoiler)].
▷ Representation: Tobias (mc) is queer (mlm); Henry (li) is queer (mlm); Fabian (sc) is queer (mlm).
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
*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 ...more
So I'm bumping up to 4.5 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 ...more
What a cute, endearing and eerie story!! I enjoyed it a lot!! My review will be up soon! :)
The people over at Tor.com were so kind to send me a copy of this lovely book! A sincere thank you to them!! I will be finishing it off tomorrow and writing up my review for Youtube this week! :D
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Will I tell everyone to read this?
Oh, Yess definitely.
So they can tell me what the heck just happened.
Did it work? Yes. That's why I will continue with the next book even though this book does not ...more
LOVED the first part! Liked the second part.