YA Book Review

In Fallen Woods by R.N. Merle

The Book:

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Book Title: In Fallen Woods

Book Author: R.N. Merle

Genre: YA Fantasy/ YA Historical Fiction

Publishing Date: April 19th, 2017

Publisher: Self Published

Date Read: December 26th, 2018

Synopsis:  Long ago in England, and far away to the west…

In the dark heart of Fallen Woods, Darklin, a sixteen year old witch and her mother Gressyl, live hidden among the tangled trees. They are bound to a secret coven practicing dark and cruel magic. Darklin is taught to be merciless and to despise humanity, to believe that beauty is treacherous, and that love and kindness do not truly exist.

But when Darklin has a fateful encounter with a beautiful and kind hearted young man, powerful feelings are unleashed. As urges of attraction and destruction war inside Darklin’s heart, which urge will she give way to, and where will it lead her?

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The Review:

In Fallen Woods is delightfully creepy and beautifully though provoking. It holds a little bit of history, and a lot of magic. For a faerie tale-esque story that will soothe your soul, look no further!

I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to start this book. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. There was just something about it that drew me in and kept me under its spell.

I loved how atmospheric the story was. It had magic and wonder and a good bit of creepiness. It also had depth and beauty, and really had me thinking throughout the whole thing.

It wasn’t just a story about witchcraft and witch hunts. It was a story about self discovery, prejudice, and judgement. It was a story about love, forgiveness, learning right from wrong, and learning to trust your heart.

I adored Darklin and her story. I loved her sense of wonder and curiosity, and I loved her journey. Her character was the heart of the story and really kept me going.

Merle did a great job with tying in a little bit of history involving the witch hunts and the fear of anything non-christian from the time period. She also wove a beautiful story highlighting human nature, the fear of those that are different, and the power of love. It was quite powerful and made Darklin’s journey of self discover that much more endearing.

I’d highly recommend this book. It reminded me a little of The Bear and the Nightingale and the story of the Rusalka, but it also had it’s own originality and beauty to it. It touched my heart and soul and I just loved that it boasted about the power of friendship and getting to know someone’s heart.

Rating 5

Thank you to the author for providing me with this free e-copy in exchange for my honest review.


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