A hundred years ago, a man with a secret could travel a few hundred miles and give himself a new name and life story. No one would be any the wiser, as long as he didn’t give anyone a reason to start asking questions. These days, that’s not so easy, with everyone on social media, and CCTV on every street corner. So Daniel Mackmain keeps his head down and keeps himself to himself.
But now a girl has been murdered and the Derbyshire police are taking a closer look at a loner who travels from place to place, picking up work as he goes. Worse, Dan realises the murder involves the hidden world he was born into. When no one else can see the truth, who will see justice done?
A modern fantasy rooted in the ancient myths and folklore of the British Isles.
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Really enjoyed this mythical/fantasy book set in England, and centering around Daniel, a dryad's son. The author writes well, and has clearly done a lot of research into old myths and folklore of Britain, and she translates that into an exciting novel somewhere between a murder mystery and a folklore legend. Daughters of a dryad and a human male become dryads also; but sons remain mortal, though they have some of the dryad blood and are a bit stronger, faster, taller, and better healing than normal. They can also see other mythical creatures, so when Daniel moves from Scotland to England for work and happens to meet a dryad, she's as surprised as he is. And she asks a favour from him, which soon leads to him meeting a naiad also, the titular Green Man, more dryads, and various other less friendly creatures of legend. Meanwhile Daniel is trying not to get fired from his carpentry job, trying to avoid being kicked out of the flat he's renting despite strange naiads turning up looking for him, and trying to convince the police that all the odd goings-on around the village are NOT his fault, despite the fact that he can't seem to stay away from them. And oh yes, all while trying not to worry his parents too much - especially since his mother the dryad has figured out how to tap into mobile phone conversations, and has given him dire warnings about ever trusting naiads, but when a naiad is the only source of information left ... Honestly, I picked up this book because I lived in England for many years and the Green Man carvings you find sprinkled all around England have always fascinated me. But the book was very readable and equally hard to put down and I finished it in two sittings. If you enjoy folklore of the British isles crossed with a modern fantasy setting, you'll likely enjoy this very much!