The Woodcutter, Scent of Magic, & Something Wicked This Way Comes

NEW: THE WOODCUTTER by Kate Danley (47North, 2012)

New, yes, but The Woodcutter, Kate Danley’s fractured fairy tale, is “new” only in traditional publishing terms. Danley self-published The Woodcutter in 2010, and riding on that success, it was picked up by 47North and released with beautiful new cover art. In November 2012, it was released in print to bookstores around the country. However, the eBook edition now only available for Kindle.

Deep within the Wood, a young woman lies dead. Not a mark on her body. No trace of her murderer. Only her chipped glass slippers hint at her identity.

The Woodcutter, keeper of the peace between the Twelve Kingdoms of Man and the Realm of the Faerie, must find the maiden’s killer before others share her fate. Guided by the wind and aided by three charmed axes won from the River God, the Woodcutter begins his hunt, searching for clues in the whispering dominions of the enchanted unknown.

But quickly he finds that one murdered maiden is not the only nefarious mystery afoot: one of Odin’s hellhounds has escaped, a sinister mansion appears where it shouldn’t, a pixie dust drug trade runs rampant, and more young girls go missing. Looming in the shadows is the malevolent, power-hungry queen, and she will stop at nothing to destroy the Twelve Kingdoms and annihilate the Royal Fae…unless the Woodcutter can outmaneuver her and save the gentle souls of the Wood.

Blending magic, heart-pounding suspense, and a dash of folklore, The Woodcutter is an extraordinary retelling of the realm of fairy tales.

 

From the reader community:

“The characters are all very well-crafted, sympathetic, and fascinating. The Woodcutter, especially, is one of the more accessible characters I’ve read in any book recently. You really feel his heart and his motivations, even before and as you learn his true nature. You really feel the heart of the *world* this story is set in, as well. The story is very alive.” ~Ven (Amazon)

“The Woodcutter is part, fantasy and part mystery, with a dash of adventure thrown in. The part I loved most about this mash-up is that the reader has no idea what is going to happen from one page to the next, so everything is a genuine surprise. It’s been a while since a book has kept me on my to.” ~Amanda (Amazon)

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SOON: SCENT OF MAGIC by Maria V. Snyder, Book Two of the Healer series (Mira, December 18, 2012)

The Healer series has developed a dedicated fanbase in the year since the release of Book One, Touch of Power. Avry, a woman who can heal people by touching them and magically taking their wounds and illness into herself, returns in Book Two:

As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomaniacal King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confidant, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

Though she should be in hiding, Avry will do whatever she can to support Tohon’s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet: an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.

War is coming and Avry is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible… again.

 

From the reader community:

“Once again you are thrust into a world of magic, mystery, adventure, fighting and romance. There are a lot of twists and turns to keep you turning the pages, I laughed, I cried and I was shocked throughout, this story really takes hold of you and draws you in. I feel like I know the place and people..” ~Becky (Goodreads)

“What I love most about Snyder’s writing is that she creates characters that you can easily connect with and find very believable. There isn’t one character in Scent of Magic that I can complain about. I also love how Snyder keeps you at the edge of your seat with suspense.” ~Damaris (Goodreads)

An excerpt of Scent of Magic is available on from the author website. Look for this book on December 18 or preorder:

 

CLASSIC: SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES by Ray Bradbury (Avon, 1962)

Something Wicked is one of those books that goes beyond classic fantasy to being simply classic. In an article written shortly after Bradbury’s death this year, Neil Gaiman said, “He was a genre of his own, and on his own terms.”

A masterpiece of modern Gothic literature, Something Wicked This Way Comes is the memorable story of two boys, James Nightshade and William Halloway, and the evil that grips their small Midwestern town with the arrival of a “dark carnival” one Autumn midnight. How these two innocents, both age 13, save the souls of the town (as well as their own), makes for compelling reading on timeless themes. What would you do if your secret wishes could be granted by the mysterious ringmaster Mr. Dark? Bradbury excels in revealing the dark side that exists in us all, teaching us ultimately to celebrate the shadows rather than fear them. In many ways, this is a companion piece to his joyful, nostalgia-drenched Dandelion Wine, in which Bradbury presented us with one perfect summer as seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old. In Something Wicked This Way Comes, he deftly explores the fearsome delights of one perfectly terrifying, unforgettable autumn.

 

From the reader community:

“The level of suspense and creepiness escalates with the turning of each page. But it’s no simple horror story. Bradbury weaves a colorful and at times, poetic fantasy, bringing our best childhood nightmare creatures to life between the pages, and leaves us scrambling to grasp at a slim hope that an unlikely character might actually have the answer to stop them from devouring our two boys.” ~Caroline (Amazon)

“The greatest, most disturbing, most uplifting novel ever to wheel out the freakshow for your entertainment (and never has the carnival been more poetically sinister than here), is also the most lyrical and haunting thing I’ve read in years. Initially, this very lyricism, lying so thick across the page, makes the book slow going when you’re used to the modern idiom, but after a few chapters it makes your pulse race a little faster and sweeter. There might be better, more beautiful stories out there of boys coming of age, running headlong into the challenges of adulthood, but I’ve yet to find them..” ~Richard (Goodreads)

Enjoy an excerpt of Something Wicked This Way Comes on the author website. Order the book from these popular booksellers:

Which Fantastic New, Soon, and Classic books are you excited about?