The Woodcutter

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Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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 pixie dust drug trade runs rampant, and more young girls go missing. Looming in the shadows is a 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Marissa Libbit
Five Stars - I loved “The Woodcutter.” It is a must read for both the lover of fantasy and mystery. It will engage the reader in a delightful journey down memory lane with recollections of fairy tales from days gone by while embracing a modern twist.
Todd Rutherford
Five Stars - Kate Danley's The Woodcutter takes the Grimm's fairy tales we have all heard before and applies a dark twist. Her book is a classic story of good and evil and the battle between these forces, but it is a "grown-up" tale that adults of all ages will enjoy. The Woodcutter is original, creative, and displays the author's talent to deftly weave fairy tales and folklore into a magnificent tapestry of new ideas.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612185408
  • Publisher: 47North
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Pages: 271
  • Sales rank: 428,397
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Danley, an award-winning actress, playwright, and author, is a member of the Acme Comedy Improv and sketch troupes in Los Angeles. Her plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, and the Washington, DC/Baltimore area. Danley’s screenplay Fairy Blood won first place in the Breckenridge Festival of Film screenwriting competition in the action/adventure category. Her debut novel, The Woodcutter, was honored with the Garcia Award for the best fiction book of the year, was the first place fantasy book in the Reader Views Literary Awards, and the winner of the sci-fi/fantasy category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Kate currently lives in Burbank, California, and works by day as office manager for education and exhibits at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    An amazing read

    A different perspective of all the fairy tales we grew up reading. The author lets you to a familiar world but with some twists that make for some fine reading. We discover that the happily ever afters that we read before had some behind the scenes help and it makes for a enchanting read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2013

    Wow. Just wow. This is such a gorgeous book. If you want to get

    Wow. Just wow. This is such a gorgeous book. If you want to get lost in a magical world of fairy tales gone wrong and follow the courageous woodcutter as he sets them right, then you will definitely want to read this book. Honestly, I am blown away by the writing, the characters, and the richness of the world that the author created. The Woodcutter is such a wonderful hero. He is selfless, courageous, and kind. He is not completely faultless, which is good.

    The book is perfectly clean, so anyone can enjoy it. Be prepared to get sucked in and whirled away on this incredible adventure in the land of the Twelve Kingdoms.

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  • Posted April 11, 2013

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    I've been dreading writing my review of THE WOODCUTTER.  What do

    I've been dreading writing my review of THE WOODCUTTER.  What do I say, how can I word things to tell you just how amazing and nuanced this book is?  Without a doubt, this is my favorite novel of the event.  It was Kate Danley's breakout novel and has rightfully won awards, but it's from a smaller publishing imprint, so you likely haven't heard of it before now.  THE WOODCUTTER isn't a retelling of any one fairy tale, so let's get that notion out of the way now.  Instead, fairy tale characters are woven throughout the text in innovative ways, and readers are invited along as the Woodcutter attempts to solve a sinister mystery with the ability to destroy the world.




    I'm about to make the book sound bad with the summary, and it truly isn't.  It's just really hard to reveal anything because there are so many spoilers if I do.  Essentially...
    The Woodcutter is an enigmatic figure we don't know much about, though as the story develops and evolves, we learn so much more about him and his destiny.  As the book begins, the Woodcutter has discovered another mysterious death (our beloved Cinderella, no less!), leading him to begin the hunt for the corrupted soul taking innocent lives in his domain.  He goes to the River God and receives three magical blades to aid him on his quest, finds himself caught up in a fairy tale drug ring of citizens smuggling pixie dust, and discovers the truth behind the disturbing murders.  He also crosses paths with several endangered fairy tale characters along the way.




    I liked seeing the world through the eyes of the Woodcutter.  He has such a unique destiny, and I enjoyed piecing things together as I read.  Danley has a way of twisting things up and surprising readers.  There's something very satisfactory about this book, but also something that resonates emotionally at its core.  It does take a while to get into the rhythm of the text.  Danley writes brief chapters in a way that reminds me of James Patterson.  I personally <i>hate</i>
    short chapters.  I understand why people love them and think they're great for reluctant readers or people with short attention spans, but personally, I detest them.  At the same time, it lends an immediacy as things change and move on as the story progresses.  The best part, to me, is the way Danley phrases her sentences.  Her word choice can be quite lovely and unique, and I wanted to savor so many things I came across as I read.




    The story was a mix of so many things, original fantasy with a huge heaping of lore.  And not just fairy tale lore, either.  Baba Yaga and Odin make an appearance, for example, and even elements that are new have a very &quot;lore-esque&quot; vibe to them.  There are characters we see in so many tales, yet they serve a new role, such as grandmothers living in the woods.  They operate the way they do in the tales, and yet differently at the same time.  The world-building is layered and I already want to re-read this and discover sneaky additions I missed the first time around.  The tale is definitely darker than many of today's fairy tale novels, as can be determined just by looking at the summary, but so are the original tales.  The mystery and intrigue  kept me guessing, and I'm already anxious to read more from Danley in the future if she continues to write books of this caliber.  If you're looking for something in the genre that's different, THE WOODCUTTER is well worth a second-glance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    interesting twist

    Wow, wasn't expecting that...I really liked it...but it is not as 'dark' as recommendations said it was. I might have read it earlier if I had known that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    great story

    liked this take on the fairytale

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

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    a fantastic dark fantasy

    The Woodcutter patrols the woody expanse between the Kingdoms of Man and the Realm of Faerie. While performing his duty, he comes across the corpse of a pretty teenage female stranger. Putting down his axe, he searches for her death wound, but finds none. He concludes her spirit fled her body due to immense fear. He ponders what could have been so scary that it frightened the girl to death. He informs his dear Wife he must leave.

    The Woodcutter begins his investigation learning the victim was Cinderella and the predator was an escaped from the Wild Hunt hellhound of Odin. He must capture and return the hellhound to the Wild Hunt pack before other innocents die. However this simple journey turns into a harrowing experience due to evil wanting to foster malevolence in all realms so that they can rule as the Gentleman and the Queen; yet he also meets caring folks assisting him on his mission.

    The Woodcutter is a fantastic dark fantasy that turns classic fairy tales upside down in a serious quest thriller (the diametrically opposite tone form Shrek). Starting with the King of the Golden River and visits with other fairy tales, the Woodcutter cuts quite a heroic stoic path as he follows the deadly trail of a dangerous beast. Readers will enjoy trekking with the hero as Kate Danley provides an entertaining engaging thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

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