“Once upon a time, there was a young girl who lived near an enchanted forest with her sister and her father. One day, while her father was gone selling firewood to the neighboring villages, her sister fell ill. Out of desperation, the young girl ventured into the forest for help and there she found a woman who gave her everything her soul desired…
Ambrosine lives next to an enchanted wood, which is no big deal when you know how to spot a magic hoax nest and trap nasty little night fairies.
And certainly no big deal when there is not even a witch in the woods.
When her little sister Rosaline encounters a strange new creature, she falls asleep and a dangerous fever dream threatens her life. With their mother dead and their father gone, Ambrosine gambles with the deepest desire of her soul as she fights to save her sister.
Based on the Grimm fairy tale, The Tale of the Rose, this is a highly entertaining and bone-chilling story of the first Witch in the Woods.”
Sometimes you have to give up the thing you want most to save the person that means everything to you.
I have to say this is one of the best dark fantasy stories I’ve read. The world building was incredible. Every detail added more depth to the story. Each magical creature the author created was unique and interesting. I enjoyed the ambiguity of the ending, because as a reader, I get to guess what happens next. I love fairy tales, and especially fairy tale retellings that push the boundaries of what people know of them today.
True to the style of Brothers Grimm, Witch in the Woods is a dark fantasy novella that will keep your heart pounding through every page of the book. I definitely look forward to reading more from the author.
My rating: 5 stars
CM Adler is the thriller and horror pen name for award-winning author Christine Nielson. Christine lives a life that’s certainly never boring, and if there is ever a dull moment, she fills it with more writing projects.
Nestled in the mountains of northern Utah, Christine spends her days with her three human children and her additional four-legged, furry brood. In a former life, Christine taught English and karate at a specialized boarding school. It was during those years that she developed a love of dark fantasy and learned to spin fire.