The Wolf and the Woodsman

The Wolf and the Woodsman

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In her forest-veiled pagan village, Évike is the only woman without power, making her an outcast clearly abandoned by the gods. The villagers blame her corrupted bloodline—her father was a Yehuli man, one of the much-loathed servants of the fanatical king. When soldiers arrive from the Holy Order of Woodsmen to claim a pagan girl for the king’s blood sacrifice, Évike is betrayed by her fellow villagers and surrendered.

But when monsters attack the Woodsmen and their captive en route, slaughtering everyone but Évike and the cold, one-eyed captain, they have no choice but to rely on each other. Except he’s no ordinary Woodsman—he’s the disgraced prince, Gáspár Bárány, whose father needs pagan magic to consolidate his power. Gáspár fears that his cruelly zealous brother plans to seize the throne and instigate a violent reign that would damn the pagans and the Yehuli alike. As the son of a reviled foreign queen, Gáspár understands what it’s like to be an outcast, and he and Évike make a tenuous pact to stop his brother.

As their mission takes them from the bitter northern tundra to the smog-choked capital, their mutual loathing slowly turns to affection, bound by a shared history of alienation and oppression. However, trust can easily turn to betrayal, and as Évike reconnects with her estranged father and discovers her own hidden magic, she and Gáspár need to decide whose side they’re on, and what they’re willing to give up for a nation that never cared for them at all.

In the vein of Naomi Novik’s New York Times bestseller Spinning Silver and Katherine Arden’s national bestseller The Bear and the Nightingale, this unforgettable debut— inspired by Hungarian history and Jewish mythology—follows a young pagan woman with hidden powers and a one-eyed captain of the Woodsmen as they form an unlikely alliance to thwart a tyrant.

Title:The Wolf and the Woodsman
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781529100730
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    The Wolf and the Woodsman Reviews

  • jessica

    kinda brave for marketing to compare this to two really successful books. definitely creates high expectations, which can be dangerous. in my opinion, is this as lyrically beautiful as ‘the bear and...

  • Cait (Caitsbooks)

    Check out this review (and more) over on my blog! Thank you so much to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! Quick Stats:Overall: 5/5 StarsCharacters: 5/...

  • Alix Harrow

    this book. has everything?? a nuanced and brutal view of the violence of nation-building and the complexities of cultural identity, AND ALSO a prideful, tortured prince brought to his knees--his 𝓴...

  • ELLIAS (elliasreads)

    an adult inspired fairy tale-esque book ??!! GIVE IT TO MEEEEEE!!!...

  • Ava Reid

    Since ARCs of my book are beginning to enter the world (and I am henceforth banning myself from Goodreads, which is a space for readers, not authors), I thought it would be a good time to provide some...

  • Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)

    I received a copy of this book to review. This in no way changes my opinion of the book. Rated 4.5/5 stars! This is the kind of story that seeps into your very bones. It's both haunting and beautiful,...

  • Samantha Shannon

    I absolutely loved this – my favourite book of 2021 so far, which has shot straight to my list of all-time favourites. Ava Reid paints a rich and complex picture of a kingdom steeped in ancient mag...

  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

    a beautifully wrought and surprisingly romantic tale that is rich with real-life political allusions. rtc! > 4 stars*why yes, I am absolutely obsessed with the fact that so many dark woodsy books with...

  • aly ??

    [2.5/5]The Wolf and the Woodsman is Reid's debut fantasy about a young woman from a remote village and a disgraced prince who must work together to preserve the kingdom from the prince's violent, reli...

  • Alienor ? French Frowner ?

    I am so, so in love. If you stare long enough into the darkness of the forest, eventually something will stare right back. CW : (view spoiler)[dismemberment, amputation, mutilation, whipping, self-h...