Author: Ceinwen Langley
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The Edge of the woods is a story about a village caught in a time warp.
After the disappearance of many young women into the woods, it became the forbidden place, a thing of fear and superstition.
The women of the village are expected to get married and take care of the children, be quiet, and obey their husbands. The men are the undisputed heads of their homes. Anyone who goes against the status quo becomes an outcast and is reduced to living a life of squalor.
The residents of this village have given over the management of their lives to that of one narrow-minded, judgmental individual who keeps them in line with fear and tyranny.
This story reminds me of a time when children were kept inline by adults with tales of witches
and other things that go bump in the night.
The Main Character
The main character, Emma, is a poverty-stricken young lady who questions everything she is told and as a result butts head with the village leader. She and her mother became outcasts upon the death of her father.
The mayor keeps everyone in line by controlling every part of their lives. He is the law and the voice of God, he decides who can own a business and who can’t. He even controls the marriage pairing. He uses his limitless power to keep everyone in line.
Samuel, the son of the Mayor is attracted to Emma.
Mona, the village outcast is Emma’s best friend.
What I Liked
This is a dark tale.
The hope is in what’s written on the heart of its brave heroine.
The main character matures as the story unfolds. There is some surprise in how much she grows and impacts the lives of everyone in her village.
This story stands out for me in the unusualness of the tale. Even though it is represented as a story about fairy, unlike other fae stories it does not romanticize the life of fairies.
It’s quite well written.
What I Didn’t Like
I wouldn’t change a thing.
Stamp of Approval
I would definitely buy this.
By Candy Benn