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In the vein of Naomi Novik's New York Times bestseller Spinning Silver and Katherine Arden's national bestseller The Bear and the Nightingale, this unforgettable debut— inspired by Hungarian history and Jewish mythology—follows a young pagan woman with hidden powers and a one-eyed captain of the Woodsmen as they form an unlikely alliance to thwart a tyrant.
In her forest-veiled pagan village, Évike is the only woman without power, making her an outcast clearly abandoned by the gods. The villagers blame her corrupted bloodline—her father was a Yehuli man, one of the much-loathed servants of the fanatical king. When soldiers arrive from the Holy Order of Woodsmen to claim a pagan girl for the king's blood sacrifice, Évike is betrayed by her fellow villagers and surrendered.

But when monsters attack the Woodsmen and their captive en route, slaughtering everyone but Évike and the cold, one-eyed captain, they have no choice but to rely on each other. Except he's no ordinary Woodsman—he's the disgraced prince, Gáspár Bárány, whose father needs pagan magic to consolidate his power. Gáspár fears that his cruelly zealous brother plans to seize the throne and instigate a violent reign that would damn the pagans and the Yehuli alike. As the son of a reviled foreign queen, Gáspár understands what it's like to be an outcast, and he and Évike make a tenuous pact to stop his brother.

As their mission takes them from the bitter northern tundra to the smog-choked capital, their mutual loathing slowly turns to affection, bound by a shared history of alienation and oppression. However, trust can easily turn to betrayal, and as Évike reconnects with her estranged father and discovers her own hidden magic, she and Gáspár need to decide whose side they're on, and what they're willing to give up for a nation that never cared for them at all.

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In her forest-veiled pagan village, Évike is the only woman without power, making her an outcast clearly abandoned by the gods. The villagers blame her corrupted bloodline—her father was a Yehuli man, one of the much-loathed servants of the fanatical king. When soldiers arrive from the Holy Order of Woodsmen to claim a pagan girl for the king's blood sacrifice, Évike is betrayed by her fellow villagers and surrendered.

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In her forest-veiled pagan village, Évike is the only woman without power, making her an outcast clearly abandoned by the gods. The villagers blame her corrupted bloodline—her father was a Yehuli man, one of the much-loathed servants of the fanatical king. When soldiers arrive from the Holy Order of Woodsmen to claim a pagan girl for the king's blood sacrifice, Évike is betrayed by her fellow villagers and surrendered.

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As their mission takes them from the bitter northern tundra to the smog-choked capital, their mutual loathing slowly turns to affection, bound by a shared history of alienation and oppression. However, trust can easily turn to betrayal, and as Évike reconnects with her estranged father and discovers her own hidden magic, she and Gáspár need to decide whose side they're on, and what they're willing to give up for a nation that never cared for them at all.

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      • source: Samantha Shannon, New York Times bestselling author of The Priory of the Orange Tree
      • content: "Ava Reid paints a rich and complex picture of a kingdom steeped in ancient magic, straining along seams of religious and cultural tension. From the first page to the last, every facet and detail is beautifully wrought. Rooted in history and myth, The Wolf and the Woodsman is a stunning debut—a powerful and haunting tale of a young woman's will to live, of love flowering in defiance of tyranny. It will twine like a dark forest around your heart."
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      • source: S.A. Chakraborty, bestselling author of The Empire of Gold
      • content: "A thought-provoking, thrilling magical twist on the history of religion and politics that I couldn't put down. In her stunningly rendered—and frankly terrifying—forbidden forests, Reid conjures up some of the ghastliest monsters I've ever read, and yet never lets us forget the worst horrors are perpetuated by human hands."
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      • source: Alix E Harrow, Hugo Award–winning author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January
      • content: "Gorgeously written and grimly real, The Wolf and the Woodsman is both a myth and a mirror, a bloody fable about two people caught in the jaws of history. It quite literally took my breath away. It has the unsettling-but-compelling gore of Henderson's The Year of the Witching, the folkloric lilt of The Bear and the Nightingale, and the moral complexity of Seeing Like a State. I'm obsessed."
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      • source: Publishers Weekly
      • content: "The convincing enemies-to-lovers romance, fascinating religion-based magic system, and thoughtful examination of zealotry make this a notable debut."
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      • source: Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns
      • content: "Ava Reid's The Wolf and the Woodsman is a harrowing adventure, set in a harsh, wintry land populated by horrific beasts and hard people. The intricate, imaginative world grabs from the first page, and the landscape is rich, with much to discover. Not all of it pleasant, as our heroes are doomed to find out."
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      • source: Genevieve Gornichec, author of The Witch's Heart
      • content: "Évike may be the only one in her village without 'powers,' but that doesn't stop her from being an in-your-face heroine who stands up for the things she believes in and never backs down. Reid has crafted a story that is not only relevant for our times, but has timelessness about it that truly makes it shine. The Wolf and the Woodsman is not a book I will soon forget."
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      • source: Victoria Lee, author of The Fever King
      • content: "THE WOLF AND THE WOODSMAN is a book that made me remember how beautiful and gut wrenching historical fantasy can be. It's a fundamentally Jewish tale, one that gripped me from beginning to end. A riveting debut that will keep you up all night, desperately chasing the heart-pounding conclusion."
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      • source: Isabel Ibañez, author of Woven in Moonlight
      • content: "THE WOLF AND THE WOODSMAN, beautifully written and expertly told, is a darkly magical tale from beginning to end. I was equal parts terrified and delighted, somehow swept away and grounded in a world as beautiful as it is deadly."
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      • source: Katherine Addison, author of The Goblin Emperor and The Angel of the Crows
      • content: "I enjoyed The Wolf and the Woodsman very much. Évike is a memorable protagonist, deeply flawed but trying, almost despite herself, to do the right thing. The writing is assured and compelling throughout, and the worldbuilding is richly imagined, densely textured, and endlessly delightful."
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      • source: Luanne G. Smith, bestselling author of The Vine Witch
      • content: "Combining religion, magic, and evocative language, Ava Reid has created a daring fantasy world full of imagination and fierce heroics."
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        May 15, 2021
        A young woman from a desolate village and a disgraced prince must join together to save the kingdom from the prince's violent, religious zealot of a half brother in Reid's debut fantasy. �vike, the only woman in her pagan village without magical abilities, is shunned and bullied because the gods have chosen not to grace her with power. So when members of the king's Holy Order of Woodsmen make the perilous journey through the forest to take a "seer," a pagan woman with the power to see the future, �vike is offered up as a substitute. The King, who represents the dominant, monotheistic state religion called the Patrifaith, steals a pagan woman every year to use as a blood sacrifice. Rather than lose someone with the power to foresee ruined crops and other dangers, �vike's village is happy to send her to die instead. But when all the Woodsmen except their captain are killed off by forest monsters, �vike learns he is no ordinary Woodsman but Prince B�r�ny G�sp�r himself. G�sp�r is desperate to give his father, the King, a magical edge to a war he is currently losing. Otherwise, G�sp�r's despotic brother, N�ndor, will have the chance at a hostile takeover, and if N�ndor is on the throne, everyone outside the Patrifaith is in serious danger. That includes not just �vike's village, but other groups like the Yehuli, who follow a lightly fictionalized version of Judaism and include �vike's long-lost father. There is an overreliance on simile in the prose, and sometimes the action gets muddled, but overall this is an impressive debut. Reid's academic background in ethnonationalist religious history is used to great effect here, and she shows how folklore is bent and twisted to fit the dominant culture of the moment. Reid wades thoughtfully into thorny conversations about religious persecution, identity, and personal sacrifice. Compelling, complicated, and worthwhile.

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        July 1, 2021

        DEBUT Lacking magical powers, �vike has never been valued by her village. When the king's Woodsmen come to the village for a human tribute, �vike's foster mother offers her up. The Woodsmen take �vike on a long, hard journey to the city, during which she and the crew's one-eyed captain slowly come to rely on each other. It comes out that he is G�sp�r, the heir to the king. But G�sp�r's bastard half-brother wants the throne, and their evil tyrant of a father is likely to acquiesce. Should �vike help G�sp�r? He might be her best hope to save herself, her long-lost father, and her persecuted Yehuli community. VERDICT This dark, YA-crossover, coming-of-age fairy tale really only has its Eastern European atmosphere going for it. The action focuses almost exclusively on �vike and G�sp�r, who are very two-dimensional. Readers expecting something like the Grishaverse or Naomi Novik's books will be disappointed.--Laurel Bliss, San Diego State Univ. Lib.

        Copyright 2021 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • premium: True
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        June 1, 2021
        In Reid's thought-provoking debut fantasy, a pagan girl lacking her peoples' magic and a shunned prince whose monotheistic religion calls for her blood come together to save their homeland from a foe greater than each other. Every few years the King's holy warriors, the Woodsmen, take a wolf-girl from �vike's forested village; in exchange, they are spared the King's retribution. Without magic, �vike is worthless to both groups--except, she learns, as a sacrifice, for when the Woodsmen demand a seer, the village's t�ltos sends �vike instead. This deception is uncovered when forest monsters decimate their party. Without a seer, Prince G�sp�r believes the King will fall to G�sp�r's zealot brother, N�ndor, who intends to seize the throne and start a holy war. In the spirit of mutually assured destruction, �vike and G�sp�r regroup with a new plan to save a King they both hate, battling monsters, religious intolerance, and their own feelings. With a setting rich in detail and folklore, a fascinating look at the complex morality of religious disagreements, and a enemies-to-lovers romance between strong characters, this is an excellent debut.

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