The Will and the Wilds

The Will and the Wilds

by Charlie N. Holmberg


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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 power to steal her soul. But their deal leaves Maekallus bound to the mortal realm, which begins eating him alive. Only Enna’s kiss, given willingly, can save him from immediate destruction. It’s a temporary salvation for Maekallus and a lingering doom for Enna. Part of her soul now burns bright inside Maekallus, making him feel for the first time.

Enna shares Maekallus’s suffering, but her small sacrifice won’t last long. If she and Maekallus can’t break the spell binding him to the mortal realm, Maekallus will be consumed completely—and Enna’s soul with him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542005005
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 01/21/2020
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 89,683
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Charlie N. Holmberg is the award-winning author of the Numina series, The Fifth Doll, and many other books. Her Wall Street Journal bestselling Paper Magician series 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 Romance. Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog. She currently lives with her family in Utah. Visit her at

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The Will and the Wilds 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Bookaddicts 5 days ago
Opening line: "A chill wind snakes its way through the wildwood, whispering of misfortunes to come." Charlie Holmberg has written another stirring, imaginative, intriguing fantasy story with a world and creatures yet seen in another fantasy world. Enna and Maekallus's story is an unlikely story, let alone a romantic one, since they are from two different worlds. Enna is from the mortal realm and Maekallus is from The Deep, where creatures with no soul live. The leader, Scroud, wants to dominate humans and make them into slaves. He tried once, but Enna's papa was part of the army that drove them back once. He stole a 'charm' that would forewarn mortals when 'mystings' crossover worlds. When Enna's home is invaded by a 'gobler' she realizes she has to be proactive in protecting her dad and her home. She makes a bargain with a narval that doesn't go as planned. When the bargain goes wrong, Enna and the narval, Maekallus have to race against death to save each other. I loved the new creatures holmberg has created. PLEASE KEEP MAKING STORIES IN THIS WORLD! I WANT MORE WILDWOOD STORIES! Now that I got that out of my soul, I loved the fantasy, world and characters in this newest story by Charlie Holmberg. Keep them coming! Thanks to netgalley and 47thnorth for the early read!
WishEnd 13 days ago
4.5 Stars THE WILL AND THE WILDS is a story of loss, family, and love set in a world where monsters lurk in the woods and where a girl lives secluded with her father outside a small town. The setting is vividly drawn, with complex characters that are easy to like, and a story that is mysterious and entertaining from beginning to the end. Highly recommended to fantasy fans who like stories with a bit of a darker edge! I connected and fell in love with Enna, the protagonist, from the start. She was this mix of independent boldness, but also reserved, and extremely loyal and caring for her father who had lost part of his mind after travelling to the Deep in the world below. Then there was Maekallus who came off as a bad-boy trickster from the start, but with the hope of there being something redeeming about him. As a reader, I knew he couldn't' be trusted right along with Enna, but I couldn't help falling for him at the same time. Both of these characters were complex with different layers that were revealed as the story progressed. They also changed as they worked together to try to save themselves. I thought the author did an amazing job in making the plot work so well, especially the climatic and bittersweet ending. There was a bit of edginess to the story, like you'd find in most stories involving fae or fairies. There also was a constant undertone of mystery and danger the entire story. I loved just about every minute. My one warning is that some parts are rather sensuous, so I'd recommend to older YA and adult readers. In the end, was it what I wished for? If you like stories about sacrifice and redemption, with complex characters and swoon-worthy romance, then this story is for you. Definitely recommended to fans of dark fairy tales, stories with fae, or with elements of the underworld. Content: Some violence, innuendo, some heavy making out, and a few suggestive references. Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through JeanBookNerd, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous 13 days ago
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 mystings from the world under that seek her. She ends up allying with Maekallus, one of said mystings 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 story is set in Enna’s world, so human Earth, and more specifically, is set in the wildwoods near her house. If you don’t like forests, trees and such, there’s a 100% chance you won’t like this book. I didn’t mind that at all, and enjoyed the forest mood a lot, and found it was most fitting for the story. I must admit to be a little disappointed I didn’t get to read more about the big cities around Enna’s house, or about the mysting realm, which, even though it sounds terrifying, seems quite interesting too. As for the characters, we have two main characters, Enna and Maekallus, who are more than all right, and I really like them. Enna is down to earth, caring for her sick father and trying to be nice to the villagers she encounters even though they don’t always treat her the best. Maekallus was also a good character, but I did not enjoy the small chapters told from his point of view. I didn’t see what it added to the story besides the fact that it showed he was more fragile than he pretends to be. That being said, he’s still from the mysting realm, and even though the events in the story lead to him being a little nicer than usual, he’s still a badass character , and I loved him. Last character that attracted my attention is Tennith, who has a crush on Enna and receives mixed signals from her. Poor guy gets used by Enna and then left with absolutely no explanation of what is going on. I felt so sorry for him I really hope that he gets a nice life at the end of the book, because he deserves the world, but the world doesn’t deserve him so far. He’s also a character I would have liked to know more about ! Not much, but just a tiny bit more. In the end, I was struck by how fast I was sucked in the universe of this book. It’s completely captivating and the magic is always present. I read it in 2-3 days, which is extremely fast for me ! Here’s a book I’m happy to recommend to all YA fantasy fans !
Macarena 19 days ago
Enna is a twenty-year-old woman who lives with his father. He was a swordsman many years ago; he fought in The War That Almost Was between mystings and humans. As a consequence of being in the monster realm, his brain has been damaged, so he forget things, and he tends to lose the notion of time. Therefore, Enna takes care of his father, and they only have each other. Enna’s mother died when she was little; she was killed by mystings. They live near the wildwood, so Enna has a mysting garden, with most of the plants and herbs mystings don’t like, because as she says, "one never knows what will emerge from the wildwood, or when”. One day, Enna realises there’s a gobler -a kind of mysting- near their house, so she places the necessary elements, such as red salts and some herbs, to stop the creature from entering the house, although, it didn’t work at all. Enna decides to summon a mysting who could help her get rid of the gobler. And that’s when Enna meets Maekallus, a very human-like mysting. They make a deal, Maekallus must find the gobler and kill it, but she must give him something in return. What seemed like the best solution, turned out to be one more problem. Enna and Maekallus are now connected, and the price is bigger than she expected. Her soul is at risk. I liked the story, although, I was expecting something different. Sometimes, I felt like it was a bit slow-paced and kept wondering, where’s the action?, but I liked it overall.
JennDee73 24 days ago
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 long. The unfinished deal binds Enna’s fate to that of Maekallus, forcing her to help him to free herself. Maekallus requires a kiss, freely given, to heal himself and buy them time, a kiss that instead of stealing Enna’s soul, only takes a portion of it, giving him human emotions for the first time, and forcing Enna to experience Maekallus’ suffering. The exchange is only a temporary fix and the two must now work together to free themselves before the realm devours them both. I’ve been a fan of Charlie N. Holmberg since the first novel in her Paper Magician series. I love the quirkiness and depth of the worlds she creates, and this new novel is full of both of these things. The characters are written with flaws and realistic motivations and qualities that a make them jump off of the page. She weaves a sustainable world around those characters and quietly brings them to life within the story line. The plot is intriguing and grasps a reader’s interest right from the beginning and stays interesting throughout the novel. All of these things blend together to fashion a unique and delightful book that is easy to get lost within
AmyM43 24 days ago
After Enna’s mother was killed by a mysting near the wildwoods of their home, Enna has understood to fear them. Their presence in the wildwood increases. When one attacks Enna in the home she shares with her father, she knows only one way to stop them and that is to turn them on themselves. Enna summons Maekallus from the Deep and bargains with him to kill the mysting coming after her. His price: a kiss. Because Maekallus is a narval, a mysting whose kiss will steal the soul from a mortal. After Maekallus seemingly completes the task for Enna, the two find themselves bound together with Maekallus unable to leave the mortal realm—which will invariably lead to his death. With the binding their futures are linked unless Enna can find a way to free them before it’s too late, or before she loses her soul completely. The Will and the Wilds has all these really interesting pieces. The monster mythology—all the varying types of mystings—which Charlie N. Holmberg handles brilliantly. The presumptions that Enna has always lived by in regards to the mystings and then when confronted with Maekallus beginning to rethink her stance somewhat. And Maekallus himself being so influenced by Enna’s soul taking him on a transformation. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel like it was executed in the best way. There’s supposed to be an undeniable connection between Maekallus and Enna both figuratively and literally that is only enhanced as her soul gains influence over him. I just didn’t feel the punch of that connection or influence like I believe we’re supposed to. Also, the pacing started out at a good clip as everything is set up and there were certainly development pops that piqued my interest, but for the most part there was a lot of meandering through the wildwood. The story is told from both Enna and Maekallus’s points of view, which is typically something that I like, but here it just seems to subvert any more of those intriguing moments from taking root because there’s too much that happens that readers know about and we’re left waiting for one or the other narrators to catch up. In that regard it could feel a bit too redundant. It was enough that when I put down the book, I wasn’t too eager to pick it up again. All of this is unfortunate because I’ve enjoyed Charlie N. Holmberg’s previous books. But it’s a reminder that not all books work for all readers all of the time. For me, I’m always quick to recommend Holmberg’s Paper Magician series and its spinoff The Plastic Magician. And regardless, I’ll still always look for what comes next.
Hilzie 25 days ago
**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 magic, good and evil, love and hate; but at the same time she shows that each is two sides of the same coin and should be treated with care and looked on with eyes of compassion. This story is no different. Enna lives all alone with her father and at the edge of the wildwood. Her father risked his sanity to travel into the Deep to retrieve a talisman against the mystings that killed her mother. It should protect her, but now the monsters that go bump in the night after hunting her and she needs a champion. She decides to go into the dark wildwood and summon a monster to hunt a monster. But things go horribly wrong when her life gets tied with that of his. Now they must work together before it's too late for both of them, but can a human and a mysting trust each other? With her soul on the line, Enna must decide to what lengths she will fight to safe her enemy. ** I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review. **
ErraticElle 26 days ago
I will read anything that Charlie N. Holmberg writes! Her worlds are so creative and weird with so much wonderful darkness. Enna is a good character for this story. Though perhaps a couple of years older than I would have imagined her, she is appropriately daring and a brilliant combination of mature and naive given her circumstances. Her family's backstory is just enough to give some footing while still leaving substantial room for mystery and maybe a little reader confusion. The dual POV approach is interesting at first, but works very well as the story unfolds. The majority of the tale is told from Enna's first person point of view, showing the reader her limitations while a smaller piece of the narrative is a third person view of Maekallus, the mysting to whom Enna has bound herself unwittingly. This second perspective gives just enough information to create increased tension in the narrative and makes the story just that much more interesting. I loved this story very much, though I will admit that I would have loved for Enna's grandmother to have still been alive. I wanted more of her knowledge of the mystings as I found these pieces of the world incredibly fascinating. Holmberg's writing is just my style and I have yet to find a book of hers that I haven't loved. This was another weird and wonderful read. * Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. *
JFairfax 26 days ago
The greatest positive: rich atmosphere building. I felt as if I were standing alongside our main character. The romance also felt "real". My heart broke at the appropriate times, and I may have squealed at the end because I was invested in the characters and their mutual (albeit unwilling) attraction. One thing that disappointed me: sounds silly, but the "demon" element was entirely unnecessary. I go out of my way to not read books with demons, but missed that they played a part. How? Couldn't tell you! I persevered through it, and you know what? The author could have written the entire book without those references. This could have been a story of a girl on the edge of an enchanted wood, with monsters who cross over from their realm to ours. Because, in the end, this is what it felt like. The story wasn't at all evil - just a bit dark. The word "demon" was only used a handful of times. The tone felt very distant, and I'm not sure I'd classify that as a positive or negative -- just ... different. You know how someone speaks when they've gone through a trial, and they intentionally strip all emotion from their account to protect themselves? That's the vibe I got from Enna. If you're looking for a fast-paced read, this isn't it. This story moves very slowly, which absolutely works with the plot. You feel Maekallus' agony in the length of those days. Thank you, publisher, for sharing an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review!
SuzieH 26 days ago
Thanks to Netgalley and 47North for providing this ARC. I loved this! This is my first Charlie Holmberg book and I'll definitely be reading more. This book follows Enna who lives on the outskirts of her village next to the Wildwood where deadly mystings roam. She owns a mysterious telling stone, which tells her when mystings are near. She lives with her father who had gone into the demon realm to obtain this safety charm for her but in doing so lost part of his mind. She is attacked by mystings and draws a summoning circle to call for aid. She ends up getting Maekallus, who is more than she bargained for. I enjoyed the world building with all of the different demon creatures. I thought the romance arc was well done and not insta-love-y (thankfully!). I did find the beginning few chapters a bit of a slow start but once I got to Maekallus and their interactions I was hooked and read through the rest in a day. A really fun read with vibes of a Beauty and the Beast retelling. 4.5/5 rounded up. Good for people who like : fairy tale retellings, demons, romance stories, magic, strong female protagonists
KateU 28 days ago
What an enthralling forbidden romance! The Will and the Wilds is perfect for lovers of fantasy romance. If you aren't typically a romance reader, don't let that scare you away from this story. The fantasy elements add danger and tension to the romance and a world of unique monsters to fear. The father daughter relationship in this also added a sweet non-romantic element that explored how far a father is willing to go to protect his daughter. I think this is my new favorite book by Holmberg.
JenacideByBibliophile 30 days ago
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, 47North, via Netgalley for an honest review. “The strong prey on the weak, it has always been so. The setting is just happenstance.” A species called mystings have been wandering the human realm and the wildwood near Enna’s village for years. They lurk through the darkness of the trees, killing and consuming those left unprotected or caught unawares. But Enna has always been kept safe by a charm on her wrist that warns of a mystings proximity-a charm her father stole from the monster realm. So when her home is suddenly attacked by not one, but two goblers, Enna is forced into the wildwood to summon a mysting in the hopes of striking a deal. She has heard that some mystings may be persuaded into work by mortals, and Enna hopes that a mysting will kill the creatures that seem to be hunting her. But the deal Enna makes will cost her more than she planned on bargaining with, and her soul might not be the only thing up for shattering. “Mystings should never be trusted. Ever.” The Will and The Wilds is set in a much earlier period where horses are the primary use of transportation, food is traded in a market of a small village and talk of witchcraft is either whispered about or scoffed at. Enna and her father are practically shunned by their fellow villagers due to Enna’s fascination with the mystings that plague their world, and because her father experiences frequent lapses in his memories. Though there have been reports and sightings of mystings in the wildwood near their village, many villagers assume that they do not exist or think they have left. But Enna knows full well they are still very close and prowling the woods. The day that Enna was born, some seventeen years ago, her father and mother were attacked by a species of mysting that delights in consuming humans. With Enna still in the womb, and her mother being horribly eaten alive (ugh, I know), Enna’s father is forced to cut her out of his wife and flee. Her father then finds a way into the monster realm (where the mystings originate from) and steals a charm from a powerful creature, which he brings back to Enna and gifts to her for protection. The charm that has hung on her wrist ever since warns of a nearby mysting. With this charm, several herbs and rituals to keep mystings at bay, and a journal that has been passed down in her family which holds vital information about the monster realm and its creatures, Enna is able to keep herself and her father safe. Until, of course, their home is attacked. From her journal, Enna learns that sometimes mystings will make a bargain with humans if a summoning circle is cast. So naturally, the poor dear casts the circle. “Some of the intelligent species of mysting are tricksters-these are creatures more interested in toying with mortals than feasting upon them. However, do not let that fact convince you they are docile, for often a trickster will claim something far more valuable than flesh.” Enter: Maekallus. Devilish mysting creature with a razor-sharp tail, a horn sword and the kiss that will do more than just take a girls breath away… …it’ll take her soul too. ❤ To see my full review, visit my website:
KayceeS 30 days ago
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!
Anonymous 3 months ago
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. The catch? She'll lose her soul. After the pair strike a deal, Maekallus gets trapped in the mortal world which slowly starts to eat him alive. Only a willing kiss from Enna can help slow the process and save him. Although it's a temporary solution for Maekallus, the more pieces of her soul she offers up, the more he starts to feel emotions he has never felt before. If Enna isn't able to find a way to break the binding spell on Maekallus, he'll be consumed completely taking her soul with him. I thought the premise of this was really solid, but I didn't fully love the execution. I felt the romance between Enna and Maekallus fully took over the plot, and the mysting army that the pair were supposed to be fighting sort of fell by the wayside. I also didn't feel any chemistry between them, so the romance just didn't seem believable to me. I wish we learned more about the Deep, the land of the mystings, and just more about them in general because all the different varieties seemed so interesting. Despite that, I did think the world was fun to read about and it was definitely very whimsical and a bit dark, I was just hoping for slightly more.
Anonymous 3 months ago
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 known as Maekallus for protection. A problem with the deal binds Maekallus to the mortal world where he cannot survive for long. Enna must willingly give him a kiss, a fraction of her soul, to keep him alive until they can break the bond but the exchange results in changing both parties unexpectedly. The Will and the Wilds is wonderful fantasy novel filled with magical creatures and a young woman who is fascinated by them. I really enjoyed this novel and it was so entertaining I didn't want to put it down. Although it may appear to resemble a Beauty and the Beast tale, it does have its own unique qualities. I loved Maekallus's character and may have fallen a little in love with him myself as the novel progressed. One thing that I feel would have improved the novel was including more main villain. The story introduces him early but we don't really get to see much of his character throughout the novel and the end battle is more of fizzle than a bang. I felt this novel would be very appropriate for the younger YA audience as the romance between characters was sweet, mostly kissing with a few discussions about "sex", and it included a lot of charming banter. This is definitely a must read for fantasy lovers and I can't wait to read more from this author.
AnneW42 3 months ago
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 magical story. This story is heartbreaking, beautiful and soul-wrenching and I love it so much. I think it's a definite must-read especially if you like kissing books and romance although it's not only for that part that it is awesome, it's also for the adventure, the magic and the journey from within each of these two characters. This story is about a girl who lives with her father, just the two of them by the edge of the wildwood and one day she's outside and a mysting from within the wildwood comes after her to get the magic stone she has on her wrist. Enna decides when this mysting comes after her to fight back so she gets another mysting to help her and his name is Maekallus. He wants her to pay him for his help with a kiss, which gives him the power to steal her soul, but the kiss has to be given willingly by Enna. The deal ends up getting Maekallus stuck in the mortal realm where he starts to get eaten alive. They become bound together through the bargain and share in each other's suffering because Maekallus feels for the first time with part of Enna's soul in him. Enna is the only thing saving him by having kissed him and given him part of her soul to save him from dying so they have to break the deal that has bound him to the mortal realm to save them both. It's a wonderful and moving story that I would give more than 5 stars if I could because of what you take away from it. If you don't have this one on your list, then put it on your list, preorder it and get ready for an amazing and beautiful magical mystical tale to sweep you away.
ScrapNSign 3 months ago
The Will and the Wilds is an enchanting journey! I was enthralled from the very beginning, and love when an author makes me question falling for certain characters. There were times with the story, that I was afraid things wouldn't work out, whether it was in the way I wanted or not. This story was bewitching in the best way, and I love that the author even composed a song to help bring it to life! I've read The Will and the Wilds twice now, and the audio book was definitely the way to go. The characters are brought to life in vivid detail, and even though I knew what was going to happen, I still found myself gasping or crying at certain parts. It has the perfect mix of fantasy, magic and romance. The story line will stay in your thoughts for days, until you find yourself reading it all over again. A beautifully woven tale, with enchanting characters and a world every reader longs to escape in.
lostinagoodbook 3 months ago
This is my fifth review of a book by Ms. Holmberg, but I think I’ve actually read everything she’s published! She never lets me down, I know just what I’m going to get from her. She always writes a great plucky young heroine, a mysteriously romantic leading man and a truly imaginative magical setting. Her books are easy to read and you’re sucked into her stories from page one. Enna is an excellent character, a young woman who is clever, loyal and bright She is an intellectual in a society that frowns on women being educated but is unwilling to give up her dream of researching and mapping out the ways of mystings. She desires to more fully understand the world around her. She’s my favorite thing about this book, but then no surprise, I’m such a sucker for main character who is a nerdy girl. But things aren’t so easy because the world of mystings is complicated and dangerous. "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 power to steal her soul. – Goodreads" If you’re looking for fantasy, here it is. If you’re looking for romance, here it is. If you’re looking for a great book to read over the weekend with a cup of tea/coffee/cocoa, here it is. You can’t go wrong with this one. I fully recommend it. Song for this book: Millstone by Eisley Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley
Gwendalyn_books_ 3 months ago
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication. Enna lives at the border of the town of Fendell and the wildwood, caring for her ill father. The Wildwood, is a forest where mystings can enter the mortal realm and pray on human bodies and souls. When she is almost killed by one, because she possesses an enchanted stone. She takes matters in her own hands Enna uses her knowledge of the mystings, to strike a dangerous bargain with another mysting for protection. Like all bargains with a trickster demon, Maekallus. Maekallus’s help comes with a hefty price... A kiss.... One with the power to steal her soul. But, when things take a different twist and Enna and Maekallus end up bound. They have to work together to save their lives and Enna’s soul. A forbidden romance, monsters and magic the perfect ingredients for a book that you can't help but devour. Charlie N. Holmberg is a wordsmith. She has the rare ability to create lush worlds and captivating characters. This fantasy take of dark monsters and lovely forbidden romance with a few moments of sexual tension. The perfect magical read, all with the cottage on the edge of the dark forbidden forest feels. "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 divide it." "What is a soul if not an extension of the heart?" #TheWillAndTheWilds #thewillandthewilds #charlienholmberg #wunderkindpr #amazonpublishing “I am the afterlife. I was created by death. I am the end. When I perish, I am gone.”
_Bookwyrm 3 months ago
Daring the wildwood may cost them their lives Enna has always lived close the wildwood, protected by her ability to sense the mystings around her. Her father has bought her protection by stealing a telling stone bracelet, paying with the loss of his mind. When mysting appearances multiply and turn their focus to Enna, she compels a mysting of her own to protect herself and her father. The cost this time will be her soul, as the kiss that Maekallus bestows upon her steals a bit of her soul each time. But Maekallus will pay with his own existence. Each payment that keeps them alive leads further toward their destruction. As the story unfolds, the twists thread more deeply through the fabric of Enna’s world. And Charlie N. Holmberg is her usual brilliant self, creating a world and characters that mesmerize and engross us until the very last word. Each being and creation is believable and written in such vividness that you will leave this book with every scene inked indelibly in your memory. Charlie N. Holmberg never disappoints, and this standalone book, The Will and the Wilds, is yet another testament to her ever-increasing skills. Highly recommended for those who love fantasy, thoughtful plots, and brilliant storytelling. I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the publisher through NetGalley. My opinions are my own.
Noire 3 months ago
The Will And The Wilds, written by Charlie N. Holberg, is a delightful fantasy story and a kissing book. Enna’s father has given her a charm she calls the telling stone to warn her when the Mystings that frequent the Wildwood are nearby, it turns cold and whispers to her which of the Mystings are close. When a Gobler breaks through her wards and attacks her, she decides to fight fire with fire and summons a Mysting to vanquish the other Gobler that is tracking her. Maekallus is a Narvel, and when Enna bargains with him to eliminate the Gobler, he accepts, but there were two Goblers, and he is stabbed and then cursed to remain in the Wildwood unable to return to the Deep where the Mystings dwell. Mystings cannot survive in the world and in order to keep him alive until the curse can be broken, Enna must voluntarily kiss him, but each time she does, he receives a part of her soul. This was a fun story to read, Enna makes a most excellent heroine and watching Maekallus grow from villain to hero will keep you turning pages way past your bedtime. I received an ARC of this book to read through Netgalley in exchange for a fair review. Publishing Date January 21, 2020. #NetGalley #TheWillAndTheWilds #CharlieNHoberg #47North #SciFiandFantasyNovel #KissingBook #FairyTale #bookstagram