• The Wolf and the Woodsman

  • A Novel
  • By: Ava Reid
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (215 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the vein of Naomi Novik’s New York Times best seller Spinning Silver and Katherine Arden’s national best seller 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.

©2021 Ava Reid (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Hard to get through it

I bailed at chapter 15. The story is well-written and the narrator is excellent. My problem was listening to the mean-spirited heroine of the tale. A backstory is laid out to accommodate the anger, viciousness and meanness, bit it is still difficult to listen to chapter after chapter. Add the incessant whinging and Ian sorry to have spent time with the unlikable character.

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Must Read!!

I loves the storyline, the performance of the narrator, and everything in between. I couldn’t put it down, then hated that it ended. Definitely not what I expected in the best way. If you like adventure, tension, and an individual’s journey to understanding themselves. This is a must read! I think even if this is outside the genre you usually read, read this anyway. You will not be disappointed.

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Wow!!!

I loved this, the story is beautiful, the narrator is excellent. I will read/listen to this one again and again. I honestly didn't want it to end. I want to stay in this world.

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Great world building

My favorite part of this book was the lore. Everything was so interesting and surprising.

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meh

The character development leaves something to be desired. It was a love story with weird magic and a lot of easily defeated monsters, very lackluster heros. I finished it but wouldn't recommend.

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Meh

It was okay. The performance was constantly angry so that when there were tender moments, it was still angry… the story was fine, but the relationship was unearned and a little Stockholm syndrome-y. The main characters’ arcs were very stepwise rather than evolving organically. Like “oh! We need to not hate each other now so here we are not hating each other now” with no real reason behind it… unless that bit was just lost in the angry narration.

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It was okay

This book was a great fairytale/action packed story, although I found it quite repetitive. I think the character development could have been stronger.

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Mispronunciation

I loved the story. I speak Hungarian, and unfortunately I was distracted by lots of mispronounced Hungarian names and words. The issue was usually in the vowel sounds. Otherwise the reader was great.

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Couldn’t finish it

Maybe good as a YA novel, but not what I was hoping for based on the reviews and sample.

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Good book but not for me

I think the book was well written and honestly a good story but I found myself zoning out at times and just waiting for the next thing to happen.

There were also a lot of things that made it feel YA even though I expected a more mature plot line/approach to the challenges they faced

But I would still recommend I gave 4 stars but it’s more a 3.5 for me