Intriguing, complex, and suspenseful.
Thank you so much to The Write Reads and Kristin Ward for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eARC and media kit!
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About the Author
Kristin Ward is an award-winning young adult author living in Connecticut. A science and math teacher for over twenty years, she infuses her geeky passions into stories that meld realism and fantasy. Kristin embraces her inner nerd regularly, often quoting 80s movies while expecting those around her to chime in with appropriate rejoinders. As a nature freak, she can be found wandering the woods – she may be lost, so please stop and ask if you see her – or chilling in her yard with all manner of furry and feathered friends. Often referred to as a unicorn by colleagues who remain in awe of her ability to create or find various and sundry things in mere moments. In reality, the horn was removed years ago, leaving only a mild imprint that can be seen if she tilts her head just right. A lifelong lover of books and writing, she dreamed of becoming an author for thirty years before publishing her award-winning debut in 2018. Her first novel, After the Green Withered, is one of many things you should probably read.
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Treacherous. Evil. Dark. Dorcha Wood is all of these. And none of them.
The people of Felmore talk of Dorcha Wood in whispers, if they speak of it at all, fearing the wrath of the Cù-Sìth should their words be carried on the wind. Those murdering beasts still roam the darkness of the forest, the last remnants of the cursed Aos Sí—a race of elves long since vanished from the world.
But to seventeen-year-old Fiadh, it is home. A haven. A forest whose secrets become known only when it chooses to reveal them. Her life is one of balance until the outside world shatters it.
From the moment Fiadh set eyes on Gideon, the peaceful rhythm of her life was lost. As a new path unfolds, Fiadh confronts the reality of old hatreds, the consequences of things hidden, and the truth of who she really is.
Review (No Spoilers)
Welcome back to my blog! I somehow committed to three blog tours in a row, so today is round two of tour reviews.
I read The Girl of Dorcha Wood over the course of a day, partially because it was short and entertaining enough to do so, and partially because I procrastinated (oops!). Dorcha Wood follows the story of a young woman named Fiadh (I honestly how to pronounce this) as she struggles to understand who she is. Forced to flee from her home after tragedy strikes, Fiadh decides to take sanctuary in the home of Gideon, a man she recently saved from the brink of death.
The book itself is less than 300 pages and follows Gideon and Fiadh as they make their journal through Dorcha Wood towards Gideon’s castle. Usually I’m not a fan of books where the entire thing covers a singular journey, but I was actually pretty hooked on this one. Kristin Ward did an excellent job in world-building, using many Irish legends and folklore as inspiration. The writing is detailed and descriptive, giving the readers a good mental image of every scene as it happens. There is a theme of violence that pervades throughout the book, so definitely be warned if things like death (human and animal), gore, and murder bother you.
The Girl of Dorcha Wood is the beginning of a new historical fantasy series. My copy of the book even contained a sneak peek of the next book in the series, Blood of the Lost Kingdom. Definitely give this book and series a look if you’re into historical fantasy novels. If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here!
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