The Wolf and the Woodsman
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it has the unsettling-but-compelling gore of henderson's The Year of the Witching, the folkloric lilt of The Bear and the Nightingale, and the moral complexity of Seeing Like a State. i'm......obsessed. ...more
Thank you so much to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Overall: 5/5 Stars
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: It’s official. I’m adding this book to my "books I will not shut up about" list.
// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Mature Content, Self Harm (for Magic/Religion), Child Abuse, Abuse, Animal Death, War Them ...more
Rated 4.5/5 stars!
This is the kind of story that seeps into your very bones.
It's both haunting and beautiful, brutal and magical. It's so many contradictions in one, and yet it all just works. The mythology is so prominent within the story, and you can really feel the atmosphere seeping into your skin as you're pulled in.
This isn't a story for the faint hearted - while seemingly whimsical with its magic an ...more
> 4 stars
why yes, I am absolutely obsessed with the fact that so many dark woodsy books with wolf in the title seem to be coming out in 2021!!
a note: a lot of people are marking this as YA but it's actually adult pals <3 just a heads up
thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for a review! ...more
I've pitched this book as having a "magic system based on body horror," which is I think apt - and so, naturally, there are a lot of graphic, on-the-page depictions of gore. (I've listed out the various iterations of that below).
I think i ...more
If you stare long enough into the darkness of the forest, eventually something will stare right back.
CW : (view spoiler)[dismemberment, amputation, mutilation, whipping, self-harm, antisemitism, ethnic cleansing, cultural genocide, physical abuse by parental figures/parents, vomiting, animal death, torture. (hide spoiler)]
Above everything, The Wolf and the Woodsman is about the power of stories , how they shape and mold us — how they can soothe us and yet pierce our h ...more
Pre-order this as a gift to yourself for the summer. ...more
I'm in pain. the way this book was so deeply Jewish hurt my heart. I feel like I've just read a love letter to Jewish culture and history. I absolutely fell in love with Évike and Gáspár, mean girl and soft boy of the month.
I can't exactly why I'm writing this and crying at the same time. this book simply meant a lot to me, and finishing it seriously feels like saying goodbye to a part of myself. watch me reread it whenever I need to feel seen and loved.
thank you so much Del Rey ...more
Such a beautiful, heart-rendering book.
It goes without saying, I truly loved The Wolf and the Woodsman, and I'll try to convey why in my brief review (with my health these days, it's difficult to write anything long and analytical, so I hope this will suffice). But the most important aspect is the representation, including Jewish representation, survival of abuse, and the honest depictions of persecution, oppression, and ethnic cleansing--all of w ...more
rep: Hungarian-coded setting & cast, Hungarian-Ottoman-coded disabled li, Jewish-coded characters, sapphic side characters
tw: magic requiring self harm, blood, body horror, eye horror, gore, dismemberment, torture, antisemitism, ethnic cleansing, child abuse, animal death
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
“The Woodsmen,” she gasps. “They're coming for you.”
When the Woodsmen came for Evike's mother, the seer Virag took her in, now fifteen years later, Virag is facing her mother's fate. Evike is “barren” she has no ability for the three skills, forge metal; flame; and healing, blessed from their god Isten, so in order to save Katalin, the young seer, ...more
PLEASE BE ADVISED: this book is an adult fiction novel. NOOOOOTTTTT Young Adult fiction.
TW: mutilation, body horror, violence.
*** Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog ***
The Wolf & The Woodsman by Ava Reid
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: June 8, 2021
First, I want explain just why I chose to pick this book up. It wasn't just that it's been likened to two of my personal favorites: The Bear and the Nightingale and The Witcher. Those comparisons surely fit. It wasn't just that it has a dark, woodsy fantasy setting, with a wild girl ...more
Such a good debut, not perfect by any means but I was glued to the book from the very first page.
The atmosphere was fantastic, the woods and the city felt like real places and Ava accomplished that without writing the typical boring descriptions that are long just for the sake of being long.
The entire storyline revolving around Évike and her father? Amazing. I could actually feel how much our protagonist was yearning for that bond and seeing her father emb ...more
Rep: Jewish characters, sapphic side characters
CWs: magic requiring self harm, eye horror, gore, dismemberment, torture, animal deaths, Antisemitism, ethnic cleansing, child abuse
CONTENT WARNINGS (as provided by the author)
(view spoiler)[- Gore, including graphic descriptions of dismemberment, amputation, mutilation, and immolation
- Torture, including whipping
- Self-harm, including self-amputation
- Animal death (graphic; the animals are not pets)
- Cultural genocide and ethnic cleansing
- Physical abuse by parents and parental figures
- Graphic descriptions of vomiting (hide spoiler) ...more
I loved this book! Every once in a while you stumble upon a special kind of story that completely transports you to a different world. I almost felt like I was living in the book with the characters while I read this amazing story. I cared about the characters and wanted to see things work out for them. I found the book impossible to set aside once I started reading and thoroughly enjoyed the entire reading experience.
Évike lives in ...more
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Trigger Warnings: dismemberment, amputation, mutilation, whipping, self-harm, antisemitism, ethnic cleansing, cultural genocide, physical abuse by parental figures/parents, vomiting, animal death, torture.
Thank you to Harper Voyager for providing an e-arc via Netgalley.
The Wolf and The Woodsman by Ava Reid is like being caught in a wolf’s gaping maw, such an awe-full and wild creature. The writing is old and true, every word and sentence on fire and a ...more
The entire plot of this story revolves around heroine trying to save the people who severely abused her all her life. Personally, I found that extremely triggering and can't continue with this book. Personally, I believe that it's not the responsibility of ...more
Thank you to Avon and Harper Voyager via Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. ...more
First off, I would agree that this title is comparable to Katherine Arden’s Winternight trilogy and Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver, yet remains all its own. Regardless, if you liked those either of those series/books, I guarantee you’ll like this one!
The Wolf and the Woodsman follows Evike, a magic-less girl in a village ...more
for someone who hates living in hungary i sure add books mentioning hungary awfully fast(even tho i have no idea how this is related to hungarian history but ig i’ll find out)
what i liked: the atmosphere. i LOVE such settings and Reid's writing truly transports you to the place with the metaphors. the dark fairytale aesthetic was on point. it was beautifully combined with the magic system, folklore and the different religions to exist that gave deep insight into the worldbuilding. the story gripped me in the first half.
i didn't care ...more
Honestly, it had me at the gorgeous cover, map and pronunciation guide. It really only got better from there. This was literally flawless!!!! Completely worth all the hype - read it.
Where do I even start? The writing here was absolutely gorgeous, I’ve never read body horror so poetically. The world was so gradually and thoroughly introduced, it felt so fairy-tale like in its execution. There was no info-dumping or confusi ...more
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