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the kindness makes Kingfisher exceptional It s a very nice read though I have to admit the cover and publisher primed me to expect something a lot darker and stranger so I felt slightly off the mark throughout which is my problem rather than the book s The cover is stunning mind Thank goodness for the cover reveal of book two or I don t know when I would ve prioritized picking this one p SILVER IN THE WOOD is a picking this one p SILVER IN THE WOOD is a nfurling novella about the bargains made with old gods the darkness of the wood and new beginnings at the end of things This wasn t at all what I expected I fully thought this would be darker edgier and instead it was melancholy charming andunder the kindness
sweet nonetheless i m still rounding p evenNonetheless I m still rounding Kent Hrbeks Tales from the Minnesota Twins Dugout up even my expectations weren tite met because I still enjoyed this so muchWe know there s to this Wild Man in the woods than just a caretaker and Tesh cleverly tells Goodbye My Fancy us the story of how things came to be as the curious new owner of Greenhollow Hall is researching local legends and myth And it s when things go sideways and a new character is introduced that we somehow get a whole lot worldbuilding that neither feels crammed down your throat or considering the word count too big for the story But it s the backstory that really feels rich twisty and also a little sadThis novella was perfectly paced to leave you satisfied and yet wanting to read on and my only complaint is there isn t yet375 stars This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities Oh how I wanted to love thisBook 8 of 30 for my 30 day reading challenge Wow Wow I can t believe I didn t read this sooner because once I started it I devoured it in a single sitting I didn t expect it to be so beautiful and so emotional I ll review this once I can stop feeling too many things RTC Silver in the Wood is a lyrical forest fairy tale aeer love story at a little over 100 pages Prepare to be transported into a magical realm of beautiful forest where you will fall in love experience genuine kindness and personality It s a magical blend of fantasy elements and folklore featuring forgotten godsThe pages are filled with a particular dark and gritty ndertone that tell a story of death rebirth and transcendence I couldn t shake the overwhelming sadness that chased me throughout the pages and continued to haunt my thoughts days later I often have trouble connecting to stories that are this short However Emily Tesh is talented at evoking emotion and transporting the reader directly into the story with very few words Take this line for example At once slow deep green rolled over him He took a breath and another smelling old rotting leaves and healthy growth and autumn light He felt almost as though he could have planted his feet and become a tree himself a strong oak reaching p to the sky brother of the old oak who ruled the wood I became spellbound waiting through the days in nights out alongside Tobias The ending was fitting and along the lines of acceptance and reinventing oneself I am thrilled that we are getting a seuel because this is character driven and I loved Tobias and Henry including the cat Pearl find this review others on my blog Silver in the Woods stirred How to Stop Your Grownup from Making Bad Decisions (Nina the Philosopher, up a nest of longing inside me and when I finished it a wild desire gripped me to walk into the woods to walk and walk and walkntil I found someplace The Vampires Bedside Companion uiet and silent and still where all my misery is turned into smoke like dawn fog wicked away by the sunThis is a novel that delights the senses In vivid and mordant prose the author writes of the sweetness of being known of love that comes so softly of people whose bankediet presence is like a palm pressed to your back a steady pressure that dulls the edge of loneliness for a while She writes of home and roots and of choosing not to be anchored at all but be borne aloft She writes of curiosity like an The Highgate Vampire unfillable gap a hole one could fall into and never find the bottom She writes of monsters that watch over you or at the very least have not devoured you yet She writes of stories and myths like treasures from sunken ships the waves left behind calling to you like a kernel of a secret And the book seems to hum with the force of it all The Green Man walks the wood he tried explaining But the wood remembers There was something notite real about the experience of reading this book something like a dream The author evokes the land. Ctly nremarkable existence with his cottage his cat and his dryadsWhen Greenhollow Hall acuires a handsome intensely curious new owner in Henry Silver everything changes.
READ Silver in the WoodNovellas are tricky Developing a world and a story in a hundred ish pages is not an easy task nless you want to end Light Structures - Structures of Light up with either an overbloated short story or annderdeveloped anemic novel You need Just A Right Amount Of Story And a right amount of story and that is both large and small enough to inhabit the short ish length and just enough exposition to create but not overwhelm the atmosphere Silver in the Wood was enchanting and atmospheric and not a bad way for a new writer to show off her writing chops as she tells the story of a 400 year old Wild Man in the Greenhollow Forest guarding both the forest and the people around it existing somewhere in the space between human and not ite human any protected by a bramble dryad easily falling into the slow green forest time and keeping guard against the old fae evil Slow and green he felt the life of it the life that had been his life as well these four centuries past It poured around him thick and steady binding all together the long patient strength of the trees that anchored the deep bright power of the handful of dryads Tobias felt Bramble clear as day among them young and strong and then the small and necessary the bracken #and ferns the mosses and mushrooms Here were the songbirds and ravens and solemn wide winged owls shy deer and #ferns the mosses and mushrooms Here were the songbirds and ravens and solemn wide winged owls shy deer and rabbits fox and badger and snake beetles and moths and midges all the things that were the wood that lived each in their own way nder the shelter of the old oak The atmosphere is set well in a slow fairytale like narration that gives a feel of a few hundred years spent in green forest time a part of the slow and barely changing world of trees and brambles and eternal green fairytale existing outside of the
changing world around with ever present melancholy loneliness all around Tobias And that is where theworld around with ever present melancholy loneliness all around Tobias And that is where the of the story lies He thought of four hundred years repairing and re repairing that roof of scrubbing out the floors fixing the doors and shutters planting and replanting his little garden Four hundred years while his cottage grew around him like a tree growing its rings Pearl s mother and grandmother and great great great grandmother all the way back to the cat who d ambled around Greenhallow Hall when Fabian had been its master four hundred years of the wood and barely a soul passing through the whole time But the world around Tobias wood keeps going with the alternate world Industrial Revolution in its swing and one day he meets young Henry Silver a persistent and curious folklorist and a son of a practical folklorist mother and a tentative friendship with the Asimovs Science Fiction, July 2016 undertones of subtle and cautious romance eventually follows And the ancient fae evil takes notice And with all that the novella stumbles a bit The story needs room to breathe and for the stakes to feel higher needs a bit investment in the background story of Fabian and theick one page summary of Tobias adventures outside of the wood feels exactly like what it s meant to be a Golden Turnabout uick way to say a year later but also a bit of a cop out that makes you wish for a novelnconstrained by such short length to allow the characters to grow and develop The world was far bigger than Tobias remembered from four centuries ago It was bigger than he had ever known and he was living in it He had thought himself a thing Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition uprooted like the great oak ready to begin his death Whatever it is is needs just a bit More to complement the atmosphere and the loneliness and the longing More to make it feel complete More to add to the beautiful writingApparently it is a duology and I m curious to see what the second part brings new adventures or the look into Tobias past or maybe fill in the Silver less year I wonder what the full story will be like and whether it will bring the feeling of completeness and development that this one is lacking a bit It left me therefore eually captivated andnsatisfied a strange combination Dripping with potential and full of gorgeous writing and imagery Red Shoes for Lab Blues uiet and sweet but dark at the edges and a bit short on the plot and character development but still lush and green and lovely he felt himself for a moment as the stump of a rotten old tree puttingp thin green shoots at strange new angles 35 stars I may round it Pearsons Comprehensive Medical Assisting up eventually depending on how the second story in the duology plays out A sweet shortish mm fantasy romance novella with a folklore ish background Fans of T Kingfisher will like thi. There is a Wild Man who lives in the deepiet of Greenhollow and he listens to the wood Tobias tethered to the forest does not dwell on his past life but he lives a perfe. .
Scape so intensely you can almost forget where you are You can almost imagine yourself free and walking in this world It is sumptuous illusory entrancing and the story feels alive like it has a heartbeat of its own with secrets mortared in with the spine and the pages I
barely felt time passing and an eerie echoing sense of familiarity stirred in me as if this werefelt time passing and an eerie echoing sense of familiarity stirred in me as if this were world pulled from my mind and embellished by another Weshki-Bmaadzijig Ji-Noondmowaad unseen storyteller As if I d heard Tobias and Silver s love story before and couldn tite recall the ending Silver in the Woods is just a little over 100 pages but the author draws as much blood from the story as possible It s elegantly Touch Blue understated in a way that makes you want to immediately flip back to the first page once you reach the endingAll in all a great novella ko fi blog twitter tumblr 35 stars Silver in the Wood reads like a forest fairytale It could be seen like a loose mm retelling of the Green Man myths so it s fitting that this is a story about rebirth and reawakening not only of nature after spring but of people after toxic relationshipsIt s aiet slow story and if at first I thought that the pacing was odd things happen too Bitter Blood (The Morganville Vampires, uickly but the book is still slow I realized that in a way it was a reflection of how the main character who is part of the wood experienced time himselfThis is also one of the best plant magic stories I ve ever read Not only it s about a vaguely creepy wood it actually talks about which trees there are in detail elms oaks and even a mention of gorse I love gorse and there are scenes in which roots and vines are weaponsWhat didn t work for me as much was the romance as this is barely longer than 100 pages and the characters interact for only half of them I thought it was cute but I didn t feel itAt times it reminded me a bit of Witchmark for the sweet romance between a human and a paranormal creature at times it reminded me of Strange Grace for the isolated town in the wood and the terrible things that lurk in it and I d definitely recommend it to everyone who liked those books me crying over enchanted trees at 3am i m not sure i m handling thisarantine well listen LISTEN this book is the Book Of My Heart and i wish i could give it 6 stars because it deserves it in this house we stan TWO 2 idiot morons tobias i m a very very very tired homosexual and i just wish to rest finch and henry oh wow so convenient how there s only one bed have i mentioned that my resume reads certified monster fucker lol i love tropes silver LEGENDS ONLYthis book is EVERYTHING i love about myth and faery and the power of story mixed with okay but what if these characters acted like real people tho aka what DWJ did so well and what the world has been desperately missing for almost 10 years i do not make the comparison lightly but emily tesh has a way with words and characters that i haven t seen since the death of DWJ as someone who s been or less in a constant state of mourning since 2011 and has finally found someone or something that strikes the same complex and beautiful chords in my heart i m overjoyed by this revelation and i can t fucking WAIT for what she does next by which i mean YES there are magical powers and bargains made without all the right information and murder trees and sentient forests and sleeping powers that shouldn t be awakened to be had here but also there s at least one panicked moment of oh my GOD his MUM has just shown p what the fuck do i do and honestly reader i died there s something so powerful in being up what the fuck do i do and honestly reader i died there s something so powerful in being to put concepts like immortality and ineffability and destiny and depression lol honestly immortality is horrifying in painfully brutally human terms and to examine the effects they might have on Actual People and nobody has Done It For Me like this in years and years oh also it s So Romantic capitals very much intended what the FUCK emily how dareall of which is to say do yourself a favor buy this book and buy at least one copy for a friend there is literally 0 chance you ll regret it i feel obligated to note here at the end that technically i know emily and therefore there is the possibility that i am biased because it s Good Review Etiuette but also y all this book is so fucking good that i truly do not believe there is any bias in operation here it s just so good i would eschew most of my forever faves and take this book with me to a desert island that s how good it Old secrets better left buried are dug p 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 hear.