Hello readers! Welcome to my stop on TBR and Beyond Blog Tours for Woods of Silver and Light by Victoria McCombs. Thank you to the author, the publisher and TBR & Beyond Tours for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this tour.
Title: Woods of Silver and Light
Series: Storyteller’s Series #2
Author: Victoria McCombs
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retellings
Published: February 9th, 2021 (Parliament House Press)
Synopsis: Ronin’s son is dead, and Maid Marion is gone. But a sorceress banished to the Woods can bring his son back if he and his Silver Raiders are willing to do something for her first. She finds there’s nothing Ronin Hood won’t do for his son…
Anika finds herself drawn to the mystery of the Woods and the thieves who live within, but the cost of associating with the Silver Raiders becomes higher than she’s willing to pay. The darkness of the Woods seeps into the Raider’s hearts, blurring the lines between hero and villain, until Anika’s fight for freedom turns into a fight to survive the magic of the trees that should have never been awoken.
Thank you to the publisher, Parliament House Press, and TBR and Beyond Tours for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A few months after the events of The Storyteller’s Daughter, Cosette’s sister Anika has travelled to Wateredge Manor and is trying to adjust to her new life as a noble. It is far less of an adventure than she anticipated however, and navigating society as a lady with a title comes with many rules, but she attempts to use her new privilege to help the tenants on her land work through the aftermath of the war. When Anika witnesses a gang of thieves known as the Silver Raiders steal from another noble, she becomes curious about these bandits who steal from the rich and give to the poor. Upon learning that they are camped in the Woods of Silver and Light, the magical forest that borders her lands, she sets out to confront them and meets with their leader Ronin. While she sympathizes with their intentions, she still dislikes their methods, but Anika is increasingly drawn to the Woods even as she begins to realize that the magic that lives there is more dangerous than it seems.
The second novel in the Storyteller’s Series brings a unique spin on the tale of Robin Hood. It’s loosely based on the original, but so completely different that it’s practically impossible to predict where the story is going. This book is technically part of a series and a spinoff from the first book, but apart from a few familiar faces and one cameo by Cosette and Rumpel, this works well as a standalone. Though I had initially not planned to read this book, the premise was too interesting to pass up.
As with the first book, this should be approached as one considers traditional fairytales, without looking too deep. Woods of Silver and Light has a very different tone however, and in fact feels markedly darker. The characters and their backgrounds are more complex as well, which made for a very interesting read. Ronin and his Silver Raiders were an intriguing bunch, and from what we get to know of their stories, particularly Ronin’s, it’s easy to understand their motivations for what they do.
While Anika was an excellent main character and a strong one, there were just too many moments showing how she was ‘not like other girls’ which I think is a trope that has been overdone and it so obviously stands out here that it gets boring quickly. Impulsive characters tend to annoy me, which is another part of it, but it did feel like there wasn’t much character development at all. Also, considering the salient points of the plot, this book was longer than it needed to be, and the beginning in particular, could have been condensed by quite a bit.
I really liked how things ended – everything wasn’t resolved and tied up neatly, and it certainly wasn’t what I expected. The story laid out so many different threads and ways it could go, which kept things engaging, though some aspects were easy to predict towards the end. There seems to be atleast one more book in this series, based on Sleeping Beauty this time, but I’ll reserve judgement. The synopsis sounds promising enough that I’m going to be keeping an eye out for early reviews to decide whether I want to read it or not. Overall, Woods of Silver and Light was an entertaining read and a unique retelling of the story of Robin Hood and I would recommend it for YA readers.
Woods of Silver and Light released on February 9th, 2021.
About the Author
Some of the things I love most in this world are peppermint hot chocolate, peanut butter ice cream, golfing dates, Jesus, and game nights with family. And of course, books.
Fairytales were my first love. I became obsessed with the idea that if one was brave enough, they could defeat dragons, and that true love was real. I met my true love in college, and together we raise our two boys. I have my dad to thank for teaching me to love writing, and my mom to thank for allowing us to keep a wall of medieval weapons in the house, which curated my love for that time period.
My dream is to write vivid worlds and charming characters that will leave an imprint on my reader’s hearts, the way that so many books have done for me.
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