Review: Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

Publisher: Tor.com
Author: Emily Tesh
Released: June 18th, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of Silver in the Wood through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Silver in the Wood earns the award for the most enchanting novella I’ve read this year. It’s a cross between a love story and a tale of the Green Man. It’s beautiful, unique, and will capture your heart and your attention all in one go.

Tobias is not what he appears to be. He’s older than he looks, and very connected to the woods in which he dwells in. Henry Silver is bright, handsome, and not afraid of seeking what he wants out of life. Together, these two find themselves on a journey with both light and dark moments.

If you’ve been searching for a novella that’s capable of rich character development, dark tales, and fascinating creatures, then look no further.

Spoiler Warning

I’ve been looking forward to Silver in the Wood ever since I first heard about it. And having read it (twice), I can honestly tell you that it was absolutely worth the wait. This was a world full of lush details, a dark past, and delightful characters.

Silver in the Wood was a very moving novella. It’s emotional, beautiful, and fascinating. The world that these characters reside in would have been enough to hold my attention, but then to throw in the emotional side of the story? It brought this tale to a whole new level.

There was so much to love about this novel. Tobias and Henry Silver were outstanding of course, but so were many of the secondary characters as well. Their developing bond got them through an extraordinary set of circumstances, and leaves one wondering what will happen to them in the long run. But that wondering is done in a content sort of way.

Tobias’ tale was dark and compelling. What he was able to make of his life was beautiful in its own way. I love the way his backstory unfolded over the course of the current events he was dealing with. It added additional context to the situation, and gave us a chance to get to know Tobias before knowing his past (thus removing many opportunities for judgment).

And let’s not forget that this is a love story as much as anything else. And it’s a beautiful one at that. Tobias and Silver may not have been made for each other in the classic fairy tale sense, but the fact that they chose one another made it so much larger than that. Their tale proves that love can heal even the deepest of wounds.

I would honestly love it if this became a series. I understand if that doesn’t happen. But I just loved this world so much – so naturally I want to see more of it. I’d love to see what happens next with these two. And what happens next with Pearl and Bramble too (easily my second favorite set of characters in this story).

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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