Synopsis (from the author):
The whilom Wardens of Wudelic woods are watchers and sentinels of the wild. Their roots run deep like the oaks and elders. Proud as towering pines. Their history is as an old language etched into ruins, they are now known as the Woodcutters.
Eerie for their Ghost-lights, glowing orbs that sit on their brow, folks are not sure what to make of them. The patriarch, Alaric, is a descendant of the first Warden, having the ear of the woodland goddess, Lhodyn. She is the embodiment of all that is wild – capricious at best, vindictive at worse.
War descends over Alaric’s village as borderland marauders murder and enslave all. In reaction, Lhodyn seizes the village children and hides them within her woodland realm. Alaric is now faced with a hard choice, to remain and endure certain brutality while he searches for the young ones or flee with the remainder of his family, their best chance for survival.
What I liked about The Woodcutter King:
I enjoyed the way the author wove the story around the lives of the Wardens. To me it made the story not just your usual fantasy novel, but one that was truly rooted in family and what it means. The characters were nicely fleshed out, and the plot move along nice progression. Overall, an enjoyable book!
What I didn’t like about The Woodcutter King:
At times, the book moved a little slowly at times, and oddly-placed plots points detracted from the tale.
Overall impression of The Woodcutter King:
The Woodcutter King was an enjoyable book. The story wove nicely around the Wardens’ lives and the sacrifices family makes for one another. The only weak spots were a few slow moments in the story and some oddly-placed plot points. If you like fantasy, though, put this one on the TBR list!