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The Woodcutter [Paperback]

Kate Danley
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6 Nov 2012

Deep within the Wood, a young woman lies dead. Not a mark on her body. No trace of her murderer. Only her chipped glass slippers hint at her identity.

The Woodcutter, keeper of the peace between the Twelve Kingdoms of Man and the Realm of the Faerie, must find the maiden’s killer before others share her fate. Guided by the wind and aided by three charmed axes won from the River God, the Woodcutter begins his hunt, searching for clues in the whispering dominions of the enchanted unknown.

But quickly he finds that one murdered maiden is not the only nefarious mystery afoot: one of Odin’s hellhounds has escaped, a sinister mansion appears where it shouldn’t, a pixie dust drug trade runs rampant, and more young girls go missing. Looming in the shadows is the malevolent, power-hungry queen, and she will stop at nothing to destroy the Twelve Kingdoms and annihilate the Royal Fae…unless the Woodcutter can outmaneuver her and save the gentle souls of the Wood.

Blending magic, heart-pounding suspense, and a dash of folklore, The Woodcutter is an extraordinary retelling of the realm of fairy tales.


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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (6 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612185401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612185408
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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USA Today Bestselling author Kate Danley began her career with the novel The Woodcutter (published by 47North). It was honored with the Garcia Award for the Best Fiction Book of the Year, the 1st Place Fantasy Book in the Reader Views Literary Awards, and was the 1st place winner of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Her other titles include Queen Mab, the Maggie MacKay: Magical Tracker series, and the O'Hare House Mysteries.

Her plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, and DC Metro area. Her screenplay Fairy Blood won 1st Place in the Breckenridge Festival of Film Screenwriting Competition in the Action/Adventure Category. Her projects The Playhouse, Dog Days, Sock Zombie, SuperPout, and Sports Scents can be seen in festivals and on the internet. She has over 300+ film, television, and theatre credits to her name, and specializes in sketch, improv, stand-up, and Shakespeare. She trained in on-camera puppetry with Mr. Snuffleupagus and played the head of a 20-foot dinosaur on an NBC pilot.

She lost on Hollywood Squares.

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About the Author

Kate Danley, an award-winning actress, playwright, and author, is a member of the Acme Comedy Improv and sketch troupes in Los Angeles. Her plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, and the Washington, DC/Baltimore area. Danley’s screenplay Fairy Blood won first place in the Breckenridge Festival of Film screenwriting competition in the action/adventure category. Her debut novel, The Woodcutter, was honored with the Garcia Award for the best fiction book of the year, was the first place fantasy book in the Reader Views Literary Awards, and the winner of the sci-fi/fantasy category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Kate currently lives in Burbank, California, and works by day as office manager for education and exhibits at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.


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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable but not exactly groundbreaking. 18 Oct 2012
By Ren
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The idea of the book seems sound, fairytale characters all meshed together in a new story. The problem is it's been done before and with more depth, think TV shows like the 10th Kingdom, Grimm or even aspects of Once Upon a Time.

The story itself was quite good, although some of the chapters were far too short at a paragraph or two at most. For me the biggest problem was the characters. In the original fairy tales the stories are plot driven and the characters are stereotypical and one dimensional, but for the length of a fairytale it works. However once you get to a full length novel where you characters are faced with something entirely new, you expect far more depth from your characters. Unfortunately only the main character of the Woodcutter was given any substance and even that was fairly shallow.

A reasonable read if a bit shallow, but not one that is going to set the world alight unfortunately.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a time....... 31 Aug 2012
By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER
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"The Woodcutter" is a modern fairy tale with a Grimm's Brother darkness. Leading character The Woodcutter is a creature of magic himself; the Steward of the Forest who ensures there is balance between good and evil in the 12 magical kingdoms. Yet when those of noble birth destined for greatness are murdered, The Woodcutter leaves the forest to investigate and put a stop to a growing evil.

I loved the mix of whimsy, magic and romance (true love's kiss really does win the day); which worked well with the darker moments as some characters' dreams are crushed whilst others face death. This book brought to mind fairy tales that I loved as a child and haven't thought of in decades; The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Twelve Dancing Ladies, plus classics such as Snow White, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood. These characters and many other familiar faces are cleverly woven into the plot and each play an important role during The Woodcutter's quest. There are some heart-breaking moments as The Woodcutter uncovers a dastardly plot; whilst the powerful finale is a wonderfully fitting end to a beautiful story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 4 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved every page. A book myself, my mother and my God daughter all enjoyed. Breathtakingly beautiful to read. It's thrilling and entertaining. The links to the fairy tales mean that everyone can enjoy it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Lucinda
Format:Kindle Edition
This beautiful book has such a striking, exquisite cover that it certainly stands out on the bookshelf as something unique and not of this world. As one opens the pages it feels like `The Neverending Story' where dreams become reality as you are swept away into a world of myth and legend, of magic and the extraordinary. The twelve kingdoms is a place that you can escape to, reminiscent of Alice exploring Wonderland, and which brings the classic fairytales to the modern age. Current, contemporary and fresh `The Woodcutter' is a delightful story containing everything that one would expect within a traditional fairytale, such as romance, magic and an evil enemy.

Deep within a Wood, a young woman lies dead. Not a mark on her body. No trace of her murderer. Only her chipped glass slippers hint at her identity...

The Woodcutter, keeper of the peace between the Twelve Kingdoms of Man and the Realm of the Faerie, must find the maiden's killer before others share her fate. Guided by the wind and aided by three charmed axes won from the River God, the Woodcutter begins his hunt, searching for clues in the whispering dominions of the enchanted unknown. But quickly he finds that one murdered maiden is not the only nefarious mystery afoot: one of Odin's hellhounds has escaped, a sinister mansion appears where it shouldn't, a pixie dust drug trade runs rampant, and more young girls go missing. Looming in the shadows is the malevolent, power-hungry queen, and she will stop at nothing to destroy the Twelve Kingdoms and annihilate the Royal Fae...unless the Woodcutter can outmanoeuvre her and save the gentle souls of the Wood.

Blending magic, heart-pounding suspense, and a dash of folklore, The Woodcutter is an extraordinary retelling of the realm of fairy tales.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 26 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is definitely not the most beautifully or well written book and at times the author over writes making it all a bit too much but the concept is fantastic, she brings the characters to life beautifully and your depth of feeling for and with the main character is unsurpassed. All in all a great read and one I have already recommended to friends and family.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not all endings are happy ... 20 Sep 2012
By free2shop2003 VINE VOICE
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In this book, we meet the Woodcutter whose job it is to keep the balance between the fae and human worlds. We meet familiar (and yet different) characters along the way.

I at first struggled to get into this novel but I soon found myself two thirds through and flying. The main character is likeable and had me flying through all his emotions with him. There is a cast of many but they add to the story rather than detract as they are used as a means to move the tale along and quickly go their own way.

As mentioned above, I really must give credit to the author for the way the most poignant parts of the tale are told. I am usually not one to cry at points in a book, however, I had to reach for tissues several times.

Not everyone has a happy ending (Cinderella dies in the first few pages) but I think this is what makes the book stand out from others.

Will definitely be looking for more books by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fairytales brought together with charm.
I took several modules at university dealing in fairy tales, legends and myths. I've been reading the things since I was tiny. Read more
Published 3 days ago by mia cotton
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting...
This brought forth happy childhood memories of sitting reading fairy tales with my mother and dreaming of being a princess one day...magical.
Published 10 days ago by Scrun
5.0 out of 5 stars Taken away...
Lovely twist on some classic fairy tales. Warmth to the writing. Really enjoyed it.
Published 10 days ago by N. Watkins
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating twist on fairytales you know and love. Elves come alive
A fascinating twist on fairytales you know and love. Elves come alive, and magic has the dark mystery it should have.
Published 14 days ago by N. Briggs
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice story
Very much a modern link between fairy stories. It wasn't really what I had expected when I bought it but was very easy to read and a nice little story none the less.
Published 1 month ago by Dr. A
5.0 out of 5 stars Read with a smile on my face.
I started reading this book with an air of doubt. However, as I got into it, it became harder and harder to put down. Spellbinding stuff. My thanks to the author.
Published 1 month ago by ChrisLincs
5.0 out of 5 stars The Woodcutter
Beautifully told all fairy tales coming together showing the dark side of these tales with the happy endings. Would firmly recommend
Published 2 months ago by Paula B
5.0 out of 5 stars truly magical
If you love fairy tales, you will love this. I was spellbound from start to finish. Wonderfully uplifting & soulful
Published 2 months ago by cat
2.0 out of 5 stars Too contrived
I really waded through this, I found the constant nursery rthyme themes contrived, and altogether not for me maybe I am just too old for this genre??
Published 2 months ago by JohnC
4.0 out of 5 stars Different
Enjoyed this very different aspect of fairy tales, very unusual, very quaint, happy ever after read which makes a refreshing change
Published 2 months ago by anne mure
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