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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"I had a glorious time reading this book. I truly couldn't put it down. The Woodcutter is a fascinating protagonist and a noble one. The climax of this story doesn't disappoint either. I won't give anything away, but it was truly heart-stopping." - The Akamai Reader
"Five Stars - Kate Danley's The Woodcutter takes the Grimm's fairy tales we have all heard before and applies a dark twist. Her book is a classic story of good and evil and the battle between these forces, but it is a "grown-up" tale that adults of all ages will enjoy. The Woodcutter is original, creative, and displays the author's talent to deftly weave fairy tales and folklore into a magnificent tapestry of new ideas." - Todd Rutherford
"Kate Danley skillfully weaves her story around well-known fairy tales...through her adept writing, she conveys fantasy and mystery, making this book a definite page-turner." - Irene Watson, Managing Editor of Reader Views
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Kate Danley is a twenty year veteran of stage and screen with a B.S. in theatre from Towson University and was one of four students to be named a Maryland Distinguished Scholar in the Arts.
Her debut novel, The Woodcutter, 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 the winner of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Her plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, and Maryland. Her screenplay Fairy Blood won 1st Place in the Breckenridge Festival of Film Screenwriting Competition in the Action/Adventure Category and her screenplay American Privateer was a 2nd Round Choice in the Carl Sautter Memorial Screenwriting Competition.
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