My Rating ~ Five Stars
RELEASE DATE: 3 June 2021
This review is for book 3 in the Darkwood Series. The Blurb for book 1 is below.
Blurb for book 1 – Darkwood
You mustn’t go into the Darkwood, children. Not even to get your ball. Leave it. That ball belongs to the Witches and the Beasties, now. Those wicked Witches. Stealing your ball. Magic is forbidden in Myrsina, along with various other abominations, such as girls doing maths. This is bad news for Gretel Mudd, who doesn’t perform magic, but does know a lot of maths. When her clever inventions prompt the sinister masked Huntsmen who run the country to accuse her of Witchcraft, she is forced to flee into the neighbouring Darkwood, where all the Witches and Monsters dwell. There, she happens upon Buttercup, a Witch who can’t help turning things into gingerbread, Jack Trott, who can make plants grow at will, the White Knight with her band of Dwarves and a talking spider called Trevor. These aren’t the terrifying villains she’s been warned about all her life. They’re actually quite nice. Well… most of them. With the Huntsmen on the warpath, Gretel must act fast to help the Witches save both the Darkwood and her home village, while unravelling the rhetoric and lies that have demonised magical beings for far too long.
Blurb for book 3 – Glass Coffin
The tyrannous Huntsmen have declared everyone in one village to be outlaws, since they insist on supporting the magical beings of neighbouring Darkwood. Why won’t they accept that magic is an abomination?
Far from being abominable, the residents of Darkwood are actually very nice when you get to know them, even Snow the White Knight, who can get a bit tetchy when people remind her she’s a Princess.
In order to stop the Huntsmen from wiping out all magical beings, Snow and her friends have to venture into the Badlands of Ashtrie, and seek the support of the Glass Witch – but she has plans of her own, and let’s just say they’re not good ones
Thank you to Farrago for providing me with a copy of this book, vis Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review!
Why hadn’t anyone introduced me to this series before? I’m giving you all side-eye if you knew about it and didn’t throw it directly into my path. Did I just binge read all three books back to back in 3 days? Yes, yes I did. Is my new favourite character a sassy loveable spider who likes to wear hats? Even though I’m arachnophobic? Also yes.
With nods to many of our all time favourite fairytale characters, albeit with lives a little different than we’re used to, The Darkwood series manages to tackle all sorts of issues, in an understated way, while giving us a jolly good laugh (and maybe a small cry). Buttercup lives in a house in the wood that’s almost entirely made of cake – since everything she touches turns into pastries. Snow the White Knight has been living in a cave with her lads, the dwarves for many years, Jack still can’t forgive himself for the terrible business with the giant that started a war, Gretel is living in the forest with the rest of the witches, even though they accused the wrong twin, Patience Fieldmouse is still pretty trousered off about being made a ghost before she was ready and Trevor the talking spider just wants to be the best spider spy there is. He’s got all the costumes and everything. Now they’re off, with some new friends, to try and recruit the most terrifying witch of all to their cause, Ella, the Glass Witch. But they’ll need all the help they can get to stop the Huntsmen exterminating all the witches and wiping out the Darkwood altogether.
If you’re looking for a twisted fairytale series, that scores a 10 on the fun-o-meter, while giving you plenty of aha moments and social issues to ponder, this series is for you!
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