I received a gifted copy of THE WOLF AND THE WOODSMAN by Ava Reid! Thanks to William Morrow Books!
Rating: 4.5 / 5
THE WOLF AND THE WOODSMAN is set in a world of magic, but our main character Évike is the only one without a magical gift. She comes from a mixed lineage with a father who served the king so she is an outcast on many levels. When the religious order of the Woodsmen come to claim her for the king’s blood sacrifice, few are sad to see her go.
The journey does not go as planned an an attack leaves only Évike and one woodsman alive, a man who turns out to be a disgraced prince, Gáspár. Gáspár is torn between his faith and his fear that his brother plans to take over the throne to rule with violence. Working with a pagan like Évike goes against his nature, but the two must band together and find common ground.
Trigger warnings for self-harm, body mutilation.
I really enjoyed THE WOLF AND THE WOODSMAN! The mixture of religion, politics and magic made for a great backdrop to the story and I really enjoyed both of our main characters, particularly Évike. Coming from a mixed background and raised in a place where she was an outsider has made her into a strong young woman who is willing and able to stand up for herself. She was strong to seek to protect her people, even as they had rejected her for much of her life.
One thing I especially enjoyed was the stories within the stories as the characters compare mythologies and folklore from their different backgrounds. I found that to be a fun element to enhance the similarities and differences between the ideologies.
I really enjoyed this book and as this is Ava Reid’s debut, I look forward to seeing what she brings us next!