Woodwalker (Woodwalker #1)
by Emily B. Martin
What is it about:
“What on earth would I gain from that?” I asked him. “Risk my own neck by violating my banishment just to leave you? The sentence placed on me if I return is execution. If I’m entering the mountains again, I’d damn well better get something out of it.”
Exiled from the Silverwood and the people she loves, Mae has few illusions about ever returning to her home. But when she comes across three out-of-place strangers in her wanderings, she finds herself contemplating the unthinkable: risking death to help a deposed queen regain her throne.
And if anyone can help Mona Alastaire of Lumen Lake, it is a former Woodwalker—a ranger whose very being is intimately tied to the woods they are sworn to protect. Mae was once one of the best, and despite the potential of every tree limb to become the gibbet she’s hanged from, she not only feels a duty to aide Mona and her brothers, but also to walk beneath her beloved trees once more.
A grand quest in the tradition of great epic fantasies, filled with adventure and the sharp wit—and tongue—of a unique hero, Woodwalker is the perfect novel to start your own journey into the realm of magical fiction.
What did I think of it:
This is a very enjoyable read.
Even though I soon suspected Mae of being an unreliable narrator - keeping information she knows hidden for a surprise effect for the reader later on - I liked her and was soon invested in the story.
Mona and one of her brothers were a lot harder to like and I wouldn't have blamed Mae for leaving one of them stranded on a mountain. But Mae takes her task seriously and tries her best to get the three where they want to go.
For most parts this book is a travel story with all the perils that brings, but there's politics, adventure, narrow escapes, and lots more as well. There were some things I could see coming by the few hints Mae lets slip in her narration, but others were a surprise. All in all a really nice Fantasy read, and I will most certainly get my trotters on the next book as well.
Why should you read it:
It's a fun and enjoyable Fantasy read.
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