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Ava Reid

Författare till The Wolf and the Woodsman

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Verk av Ava Reid

The Wolf and the Woodsman (2021) 836 exemplar
A Study in Drowning (2023) 694 exemplar
Juniper & Thorn (2022) 593 exemplar
Lady Macbeth: A Novel (2024) 11 exemplar
Lady Macbeth (2024) 10 exemplar
Lady Makbeth 2 exemplar


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20th Century
Manhattan, New York, New York, USA
Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
Palo Alto, California, USA
Barnard College (BA|Political Science)
Kort biografi
AVA REID was born in Manhattan and raised right across the Hudson River in Hoboken, New Jersey, but currently lives in Palo Alto. She has a degree in political science from Barnard College, focusing on religion and ethnonationalism. She has worked for a refugee resettlement organization, for a U.S. senator, and, most recently, for an AI robotics startup. The Wolf and the Woodsman is her first novel.



Darkly compelling retelling of Shakespeare's story of Macbeth. A young girl who's eyes are said to bewitch men is sent to Scotland to marry the brutish Lord Macbeth who resides in a remote castle with dark secrets of his own. When she tasks Lord Macbeth with requirements before she will share the marriage bed she sets into motion a series of events that will forever change her fate.
I truly enjoyed this story though I had not read Shakespeare's Macbeth I was familiar with the story and I found that this version told from her point of view was compelling and definitely had me not wanting to put the book down. I think that the setting and characters were well developed and the writing style was accurate for the time frame in which the story takes place.
If you are a fan of historical fiction with some fantasy thrown in you will definitely enjoy this book.
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Verkruissen | May 19, 2024 |
I disliked most things about this book. The characters fell into one of three categories: either they were villainous to the extreme with no redeeming qualities and therefore fell flat for the lack of nuance, they were minor players that were part of the scenery and fell flat for lack of depth, or they were simpering and boring and fell flat for lack of making me as a reader care. There was nothing interesting about any of them. The story was also gruesome, which I detested. I was not expecting explicit details of sexual assault, eating disorder, abuse, etc. and I would have skipped it all together had I known beforehand. In addition to being gruesome, the story was also poorly paced and plotted. The big reveal was no big surprise, and while it might have had an impact had it occurred earlier in the story, as it is, it was yet another aspect that fell flat. To the author's credit, I was desperate to know how the story ended, and I did skim the last several chapters because I simply had to know how all of the pieces resolved. The writing seemed to fluctuate between an almost impressionistic style (In the House in the Dark of the Woods came to mind several times during my reading) and a more standard modern fantasy style. Both styles were good, but the fluctuation between the two gave me whiplash. All in all, this felt like the author's therapy, and while this may not bother some readers, and may even be helpful to others, as a therapist in my day to day life I want escapism in my books and this most certainly did not deliver.… (mer)
MrsHammyMax | 12 andra recensioner | May 18, 2024 |
this was just too much for me, too sad, too dark, too descriptive, too stressful, etc. can see why somebody else might like it but not for me
ZetaRiemann | 12 andra recensioner | Apr 4, 2024 |
Well, it took a bit of time to get to it, and even longer to read it when I did. It was an OK read, although I had some reservations about it:

-I was't keen on the first person narrative
-I felt it was overlong
-It was mis-titled; it should have been The Wolf-Girl and the Woodsman, but I suppose it would have been too long. I kept wondering when the wolf was going to put in an appearance.

I did enjoy the story, being Hungarian mythology rather than the more usual Western European based fantasy. As a first novel, it wasn't bad; better than the other first novel I read last year.

Recommended with some reservations.
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Maddz | 18 andra recensioner | Feb 18, 2024 |



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