Silver in the Wood

Silver in the Wood

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"There is a Wild Man who lives in the deep quiet of Greenhollow, and he listens to the wood. Tobias, tethered to the forest, does not dwell on his past life, but he lives a perfectly unremarkable existence with his cottage, his cat, and his dryads. When Greenhollow Hall acquires a handsome, intensely curious new owner in Henry Silver, everything changes. Old secrets better left buried are dug up, and Tobias is forced to reckon with his troubled past--both the green magic of the woods, and the dark things that rest in its heart."--
Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2019.
Edition: First edition: June 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781250229793
Characteristics: 109 pages ; 21 cm

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jump8999
Oct 12, 2020

recommended by Martha Wells

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Irzabeta
Jul 19, 2020

I feel as though I should have liked this book more. It's only a hundred pages and I love the setting. The concept of a Green Man of the forest with dryads and an ancient oak living alongside him appeal to me deeply. There is some beautiful imagery and lovely writing. That's why I gave this book three stars. The author does a exemplary job painting a picture of the old ways and its relationships with the natural and supernatural world.

And yet, this book left me cold at the end.

I believe this takes place in the 1800s although I can't be positive. Four-hundred-year-old Tobias, the keeper of the forest, appears to fall in love with Henry, the new manor's owner. Henry is a folklorist who is fascinated by the legends of the area. Henry is a naive and earnest young man who seems to know who Tobias really is and is attracted to him as well. But there is an evil presence in the forest that demands sacrifices to be appeased. And it turns its sights on Henry.....

I guess I didn't bond in any way with Tobias who is the main character. I didn't understand him. He loves the forest and the ancient oak, but is pretty quick to give it all up for Henry. It didn't take long at all. Perhaps that's the power of his love for Henry? Maybe? I don't know. I also didn't like Henry's mother who shows up in the middle of the book. I had no empathy for her and found her to be an unlikable and self-centered character. And yet, Tobias allies with her. It just didn't work for me.

While I'm glad I read this book, I won't be reading Book 2. I do think that others should give it a try.

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CathrynL
Jan 29, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed this little book. A very quick read, complete escapism. :)

LPL_KimberlyL Aug 31, 2019

An eerily beautiful retelling of the Green Man tale that had me enthralled from the very first line. For such a short book, there was an impressive amount of character development and plot crammed in to just over 100 pages, and I found myself wondering what would happen next and where the story would take the characters and their quiet love story. The ending didn't exactly floor me with its revelations, but I found it immensely satisfying in a mythical sort of way. Which is just what you want from a book like this. I'm looking forward to what else this author writes in the future!

suzannethomas Aug 29, 2019

I was attracted to this short novel by its gorgeous cover and remained enchanted by its old forest, fairy tale-like feel.

ArapahoeKati Jul 17, 2019

An odd but charmingly dark fairy tale.

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rexhazell
Jul 01, 2019

Don't let the 'gender issues' distract or encourage you to read this book - they are a very minor aspect to a great yarn. Highly recommended.

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Kyanite
Jun 26, 2019

If you want a nice, quick fantasy read, you've come to the right place. If you're looking for a romance, though, you won't find it here, despite what the subject headings say. While the story does contain romantic elements, it doesn't revolve around people falling in love, and doesn't come with the standard-issue happily ever after (or happy for now) ending that is a defining feature of the romance genre. Still a good book, though.

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