Beyond the Wild Wood - By E.M. Fitch
(Of the Trees 3)
Publication Date: April 15, 2019
The faery queen has forbidden Aidan from stalking his prey, but Cassie should have known that nothing would keep him from what he wants: to steal her away forever into the realm of the Fae.
Cassie struggles to pick up what’s left of her life, keeping true to her promise to watch over her best friend’s son. But despite the faery queen’s promise of safety, the shadow of Aidan is ever present in her mind, haunting her dreams and turning forest shadows into nightmares. The rest of her friends are getting ready for college, but not her. The Fae haven’t left yet. Cassie knows because Laney lingers still, drawn to the son she gave up, the foliage at his window sill bright green and flourishing at her touch.
Laney’s son is safe in the arms of his adoptive parents, and the babe has Cassie to watch over him from afar. That should have been enough for the new faery, but it wasn’t. She couldn’t let her son go. Laney watches him from afar, motionless, ageless, addicted to his tiny movements and contented sighs. The thought of leaving him is unbearable, even if she knows leaving is the only way to keep her best friend safe from Aidan’s grasp.
When the faery queen’s threat of departure becomes all too real, Aidan takes matters into his own hands, throwing the Fae into a battle that risks their very existence. His action impels Laney to choose which side she really belongs on—human or faery—and forces Cassie to decide just who she can trust, at last, with the truth.
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Jumping into Beyond the Wild Wood I had not been able to read the first 2 books in the series. Though there were a couple of storylines that were unclear in the beginning, I was able to catch up and follow the story the entire time. This is something that I absolutely admire in an author, when they can give their readers a glimpse into the previous novels without running on and on about them.
Starting Beyond the Wild Wood, the tone was set for something huge! There is a showdown coming and it has been leading up to this point for a very long time. As I'm introduced to Cassie for the first time there is a sense of loss, vengeance, and determination. There is something so fierce in her that emanates from her soul, and that's probably the things I loved the most about her. Cassie seems to have grown up a lot from the beginning of her journey in this series, and you can just see it by her thought process, decision making and her intuition.
My absolutely favorite part of this entire book was the ending! It was explosive, unexpected and completely AWESEOME! I cannot wait to grab the next book in this series, I feel like it could go anywhere, which is extremely exciting.
About the Author
E. M. Fitch is an author who loves scary stories, chocolate, and tall trees. Her latest novel, OF THE TREES, is a Young Adult horror/fantasy inspired by haunted cemeteries and the darker musings of W.B. Yeats. Its sequel, AT WOODS EDGE, will be released in the coming year from Month9Books. She is the author of the Young Adult zombie trilogy: THE BREAK FREE SERIES. Her story, BETWEEN SHADOWS, was recently featured in the Fragments of Darkness anthology; and her new collection of short stories entitled THE VEIL: GHOSTS, GOBLINS, GHOULS is coming soon! She has been published in Pulp Metal Magazine, Under the Bed Magazine, and her short stories RELEASE and THE CREEP were featured respectively in CHBB’s Lurking in the Shadows and Lurking in the Mind anthologies. When not dreaming up new ways to torture characters, she is usually corralling her four children, or thinking of ways to tire them out so she can get an hour of peace at night.
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