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A spellbinding story of truce and trickery from the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician series.

Enna knows to fear the mystings that roam the wildwood near her home. When one tries to kill her to obtain an enchanted stone, Enna takes a huge risk: fighting back with a mysting of her own.

Maekallus’s help isn’t free. His price? A kiss. One with the
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Paperback, 268 pages
Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by 47North
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A story of a girl and a monster who become part of each other piece by piece.

I really enjoyed this book. I love fairy tales and am just starting to get more into the fantasy genre so this was a great book that had aspects of both of those. The characters were fully developed and completely awesome, even the supporting characters. There are hero’s and villains, humans and monsters, magic spells, enchanted stones and all that jazz. What could be better?

This is the story of a girl named Enna who is
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“ What is a soul if not an extension of the heart”!
This great quote of the book and Paper Magician series author’s attempt to retell Beauty and Beast made me buy new dancing shoes and work on a new happy dance moves to celebrate it! (This time I went back to retro and added some figures of Vanilla Ice and Janet Jackson to my choreography!)

Just a small kiss could determine the souls’ paths between life and death! This book is capturing you from its first page, enchanting you with those magical,
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Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

Rating: (4/5 Stars)
Title: The Will and the Wilds
Author(s): Charlie N. Holmberg
Character(s):
Enna Rydar: 20 years old, Brunette, Blue Eyed
Maekallus: Red, Yellow Eyed
Setting:
Tag(s): Romance, Fantasy, Supernatural
Content Rating: PG
POV: First Person (Heroine)
Smexy Level: Subtle
Favorite Quote(s):
― "Beware the narvals, formed from the spilled blood of bastards. They feed upon souls, and will steal one with a willing kiss."
― "Little mortal, you’ve just half a soul left. Be careful how you
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Caitlyn McFarland
I got to read this as Charlie was writing it. Heavy romance + gorgeous fantasy with a dark and whimsical edge--this really is Charlie at her best.
Aly
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
This was such a cool world! I liked the idea of this book and the world has so much possibility. The magic and mystic creatures and half bloods are so interesting and I'm really hoping for more in this universe. I enjoyed Enna and Maekallus as characters and their relationship was slow and beautiful and well written. I also liked seeing Enna with her father and how much she loved him. I can't wait for the world to see this!
julie
Aug 01, 2019 marked it as tbr-arc  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adult
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)
Joanna Meyer
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-tbr
This book will make you Feel Things. Gorgeous and strange, in the best way.
Jade  - theelderbooks
I was hooked from the first pages on. I didn't know what to expect, since the summary was a little vague, but I was not disappointed in the slightest.

We have Enna, human who needs protection from the monsters from the world under that seek her. She ends up allying with Maekallus, one of the monsters to find a solution to her problem. Of course, nothing goes according to plan, and Enna is caught up in a series of events involving magic and Maekallus more than she ever planned for.

Most of the
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Nicki Markus
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were many things I loved about The Will and the Wilds, most notably the relationship between Enna and Maekallus. I enjoyed the fact it wasn't instalove but developed slowly. I was quite in love with Maekallus myself, which was a definite draw to keep me reading. On the negative side, I felt the 'opposing forces' were a little underdeveloped. The main bad guy, Scroud, barely appeared, and since he was the principal opponent, I would have liked to have spent more time with him, to get to ...more
Kaycee Sterling
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been so excited for this book and I wasn’t disappointed at all! As always, Charlie N Holmberg tells an amazing story! I loved this book as much as I love the rest of her work. Great characters, unique world, and amazing love story!

Thank you 47North for allowing me to read this book through Netgalley for an honest review.
Megan
The mortal realm will devour a mysting body. The monster realm will destroy a human’s mind.


Enna takes care of her father, whose mind has deteriorated from a trip to the monster realm. Tolerated outsiders from their village, they largely keep to themselves and only venture to town once a week to sell their mushrooms.

Despite Enna's protections to deter mystings, one breaks into their home intent on stealing the protection charm Enna has worn since her father returned home with it. When more
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Anneke
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read
Book Review: The Will and the Wilds
Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
Publisher: 47North
Publication Date: January 21, 2020
Review Date: August 4, 2019

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the blurb:
“A spellbinding story of truce and trickery from the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician series.
Enna knows to fear the mystings that roam the wildwood near her home. When one tries to kill her to obtain an enchanted stone, Enna takes
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Jessica McKenna
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a bit slower than I expected it to be, with much less general action. But I'm a sucker for fanfic tropes, of which this features many, and the fairytale atmosphere was the right blend of cozy and unsettling. I would definitely recommend this one to people who enjoy authors like Diana Wynne Jones, Robin McKinley, or Rena Rossner...those slow-build fairytale fantasies you can dig into and sit with for a bit.
Raisa
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Do you remember that song that goes like... Tale as old as time... Yep, Disney. I’m sure you remember. This book had promise, but it didn’t work out. The world is not well explain and a worst version of so many others that use the same principle. Poor girl, ostracized because she is “strange”, trying to live her life in a world full of monsters, find out that one is not so much a monster as she tough it was. I can think of at least 10 books with the same plot. Now, don’t get me wrong,I’m not ...more
Paula Roussel (She Sniffs Books)
Received an arc from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

It's been a while since I've read such a darling little book; I found myself swept away from the very beginning and finished it in one go. Enna is such a relatable character, and her friendship with Maekallus - a half-human misting - blossoms at just the right pace making it believable, and all the more cherishable. I honestly found no fault with this book, and while writing this, nothing negative seems to jump out
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Bethany
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
2.5 stars

This review is based on an ARC ebook received for free from NetGalley. I am not being paid to review this book and what I write here is my own opinion. My rating scale is below.

brief summary
A scholar of fey creatures makes an ill-advised bargain with one such and finds herself trading her humanity to preserve her ally's life when things go awry.

full review
Enna lives in a world where fey creatures exist on a parallel-but-connected plane of existence, and can cross over. When they do so,
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Morgan
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Professional Reader As a fan of Holmberg's writing overall, was very excited to receive an eARC copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

Immediately the world that is set before me in this story is quite fascinating. I'm presented with words and plants that I'm unfamiliar with, but weave in me a sort of familiarity that comes with getting comfortable in the setting. The young heroine of the story tells of her ailing father, who lost a good deal of his senses when travelling through the monster realm
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Megan
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
The mortal realm will devour a mysting body. The monster realm will destroy a human’s mind.

Enna takes care of her father, whose mind has deteriorated from a trip to the monster realm. Tolerated outsiders from their village, they largely keep to themselves and only venture to town once a week to sell their mushrooms.

Despite Enna's protections to deter mystings, one breaks into their home intent on stealing the protection charm Enna has worn since her father returned home with it. When more
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Melissa Mitchell
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beware of the mysting and beware of the Deep.

Enna is considered an outcast by her village because of her papa. Few remember that he was called upon for the war when an army of mystings—monsters—threatened the human realm. Fewer still know that Enna’s mother died at the hands of gobblers, monsters from the Deep, and that her father had to cut her from her mother’s belly. To keep Enna safe—so that she would never suffer like her mother—Enna’s father found a way into the monster realm where he
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Sarah
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways-arc
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

When I first started reading I kept thinking, “Beauty and the beast retelling?” But it’s a bit more complicated then that. This time it’s not a cursed prince and a young lady looking for her father. This time it’s a creature from “The Deep” called a narval, "formed from the spilled blood of bastards” and a young lady, Enna, who is just trying to keep care of her father who acts almost like he has a form of dementia. But it’s caused
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Julia
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC!

The Will and the Wilds was such a delightful book to read! The world-building was fantastical, and I loved, loved, loved how complex the relationships, especially two of them, were in this book.

First, there was the relationship with Enna and Maekallus. It was a true slow build of a romance, enough so that I wouldn’t consider this book to be heavy on the romance in general. But I will say that there was more than one kiss between them, and
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Anne
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks so much to NetGalley and 47North Publishing for letting me read and review this awesome eARC. I discovered Charlie N. Holmberg through Deep Magic e-zine a few years or so back now and I love her writing. This book reminded me of how much I love her writing and the story here in The Will and the Wilds also reminded me a bit of her earlier book, Followed by Frost. I also feel like there are some similarities to Beauty and the Beast as well, but it's also its very own unique, amazing and ...more
Meghan Lloyd
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every time I see the news that a new Charlie N. Holmberg book is coming soon, my heart does a little leap for joy! Charlie is a storyteller of superior skill and creativity, and not once have I ever walked away from one of her books disappointed. I don't know about you, but I can get tired of seeing the same old fairy tales rewritten over and over again, and sometimes I just crave something new. And that's exactly what Charlie delivers! Fairytales you have never heard before, written in a way ...more
Erica
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley and 47North in exchange for an honest review.

Enna and her father live in a cottage near the Wildwood, a place where magical and dangerous creatures known as mystings roam. An enchanted stone, stolen from the monsters realm and now worn my Enna, warns her of approaching mystings in hopes of protecting her against the same fate that befell her mother. When Enna and her father are attacked in their home she makes a deal with a less threating mysting
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Jamie
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an advanced copy of “The Will and the Wilds” by Charlie N. Holmberg. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

I will definitely be purchasing a physical copy of this book when it releases. I inhaled this book! It reminded me of “An Enchantment of Ravens” by Margaret Rogerson and I adore that book.

Enna lives near a wildwood filled with mystings which are somewhat fae-like creatures varying in form but all lethal to humans. Despite the mystings brings
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Heather
**I received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Enna has lived her whole life in fear of the mystings that roam the woods near her small village. When one of these monsters breaks into her home and attacks her for the mysterious stone she wears around her wrist, Enna decides to take matters into her own hands. She summons Maekallus, a trickster Narval, to track down the Gobbler who attacked her, but she soon learns his help is not for free. His price? Just one kiss from Enna.
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HilZie
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, arcs, fanstasy
**4.5 stars**
CH is always one of my go-to authors. I know that if she had a book out, I will love it She always had such a creative and unique twist with her plots and dynamic world-building. Every story is thought-provoking with concepts meant to drive the reader to take a deeper look into themselves. Characters are complex with emotions and feelings that grip you and pull you into the story and into their lives. She has a beautiful mind comes up with wonderful world full of mysticism and
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Jenna R
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I was provided an electronic ARC by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.**

Charlie Holmberg's The Will and the Wilds is part fairytale, part love story, and all adventure. Readers follow Enna, a budding herbalist who has learned about the creatures of the wildwood (mystings) from her grandmother. When Enna strikes a bargain with mysting Maekallus, she becomes bound to him, and he to the mortal world. They then must aim to sever the binding before it is too late.

I very
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Jennifer
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
Enna has been taught to fear the mystings that visit the wildwood near her home, but she is fascinated by them at the same time. When a mysting attacks her for an enchanted stone she possesses, Enna uses her knowledge of the demons to bargain with another mysting for protection.

The mysting Enna summons, named Maekallus, agrees to the deal she offers, but can not complete his task before he becomes trapped in the mortal world, a place that is deadly to mystings that linger within its borders too
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Charlie N. Holmberg is the award-winning author of the Numina series, The Fifth Doll, and many others. Her Wall Street Journal bestselling Paper Magician series, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company. Charlie’s stand-alone novel, Followed by Frost, was nominated for a 2016 RITA Award for Best Young Adult ...more