Title: The Witch And The Wolf
Author: L. V. Russell
Series: The Wicked Woods Chronicles, a novella
Genre: Fantasy / Dark Romance
Mother will find me…
Beneath the moonlight, Cara gathers poisons for the mother she cannot escape from,
but what if there was more to life than the darkness she was raised in?
Love is never for witches like Cara, and soon she must decide what her freedom is worth and what she is willing to sacrifice.
After all, what are hearts for, if not for keeping behind glass?
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Novellas are tricky. The truly good ones are often lamented simply because they aren’t longer. Now that means I’ve read everything that’s available for this series. And that’s a sad reality for me.
I do hope Russell will expand upon this series, but if not, I’m happy to have experienced it.
But back to the book. We follow Cara and her interactions with an unnamed boy (read: young adult male faerie). Turns out this book takes place quite a while before the main series. Russell never explicitly says in the book that Lathaniel is the toddler with a woman Cara helped while giving birth, but the violet eyes and Cara’s home with her mother give it away.
Being a daughter of one of Faerie’s most notorious witches isn’t easy. Cara lives in constant fear of her mother and for good reason. Having a fence around your house made of bones and harpsichords made out of entrails is just the tip of the iceberg.
The book ends rather abruptly, but it wasn’t without merit. There was a buildup and the constant worries and passage of time only made the ending inevitable.
I do like how it ended. It wasn’t a perfect ending, but it was a chance at a future.
Until next time,