Darkly Wood, the title lured me in immediately and once you start reading there’s no going back! This is a book within a book, and I love the unusual way this work is set up. You are drawn in with a series of tales about Darkly Wood, dense and evocative woodland, and the inhabitants of the small nearby rural village of Cranby.
Daisy May Coppertop, the feisty main protagonist, is the perfect foil to the evil of the forest and her tale will keep you glued to the pages. She, in turn, is reading about the villagers who ventured into Darkly Wood and her interest is piqued – and you’ll have to read the book to find out more.
This book is beautifully and lyrically written, if you love prose and poetic writing this book is definitely for you. At first I worried I would be turned off by the length and intricacy of Power’s text, but it enthralled me, gave amazing visuals, and kept me enchanted by the individual stories as well as Daisy May’s narrative. Several times I thought I knew where the book was going, but each time a new twist took me in a new direction, just like Darkly Wood does itself…
This is a long book, with a lot of exposition, but the beauty of its expression and constant twists and turns kept me captivated, and as soon as I’d finished Darkly Wood I bought its follow up and began reading on. I didn’t want this tale to stop and was quite happy lost in its dark malevolence. I want to know what happens next!