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  • The Wolf and the Woodsman, Ava Reid
    Harper Voyager, 9780062973122, June 8, 2021 (Fiction)

    “I was deeply impressed with this fantasy novel and its connections with Hungarian and Jewish mythology and folklore. This book is dark, magical, and haunting as the characters face villians that are both fantastical and human. I could not put this down, and raced to the ending to learn what would happen next!”

    Olivia Edmunds-Diez, Boulder Book Store, Boulder, CO

    “Tumultuous and tender, this fantasy novel took me to my roots with Hungarian mythology. I could almost feel my grandmother sitting on the edge of the bed telling her careful stories, always dished out with lessons of morality and humanity. There might be many sides to a coin, even many coins, but right and wrong are always clear.”

    Carrie Koepke, Skylark Bookshop, Columbia, MO


    “Fans of Naomi Novik's Spinning Silver will LOVE The Wolf and the Woodsman, a fresh take on folklore-based fantasy, with grisly romance and weird magic, infused with the scent of paprika. In a land of ambulatory trees, witches in disguise, and flesh-hungry sprites, our protagonists navigate their woundedness and political peril to find themselves. This story of a woman born between worlds, cultures, and peoples, learning to wield her inborn power, is addictive, grim, dark, sexy, and thought-provoking.”

    -Amanda Qassar, Warwick’s, La Jolla, CA


    “A definite slow burn that requires patience that pays off. Évike is one of the magicless pagans who lives by a monster-filled forest. Her village sacrifices her and gives her to the Woodsmen who serve the king so that the king can steal her magic. Of course, one of the Woodsmen is the prince, and the two bond as they fight monsters, both in the forest and in the palace. This book has magic, love, monsters, folktales, and family. But above all, it shows the fragility of nation-building as well as the dangers of hatred, ethnic cleansing, and religious zealotry. Comps to Naomi Novick and Katherine Arden are well deserved.”

    Audrey Huang, Belmont Books, Belmont, MA

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