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After the Forest

By Kell Woods
After the Forest by Kell Woods digital book - Fable

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After the Forest is a dark and enchanting fantasy debut from Kell Woods that explores the repercussions of a childhood filled with magic and a young woman contending with the truth of “happily ever after.”

Ginger. Honey. Cinnamon. Flour.

Twenty years after the witch in the gingerbread house, Greta and Hans are struggling to get by. Their mother and stepmother are long dead, Hans is deeply in debt from gambling, and the countryside lies in ruin, its people starving in the aftermath of a brutal war.

Greta has a secret, though: the witch's grimoire, hidden away and whispering in Greta's ear for the past two decades, and the recipe inside that makes the best gingerbread you've ever tasted. As long as she can bake, Greta can keep her small family afloat.

But in a village full of superstition, Greta and her mysteriously addictive gingerbread, not to mention the rumors about her childhood misadventures, is a source of gossip and suspicion.

And now, dark magic is returning to the woods and Greta's magic—magic she is still trying to understand—may be the only thing that can save her. If it doesn't kill her first.

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Slightly Smiling Face“This is an imaginative take on some well known fairy tales. We have good and bad witches, magic books, shape shifters and an evil queen. You get pretty invested in the characters be it love them or hate them and you are easily immersed into the world.”
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“I appreciated Greta (for her good heart), Matthias (for his strength of character) and Rob (for his hard head). I also liked how the past and present were told side by side through the little snippets at the start of each chapter. One frustration I had was how long Greta’s character waffled. But on the whole, what a wonderful reimagining of Hansel and Gretel! If you like retellings, definitely check it out!”

About Kell Woods

Kell Woods is an Australian historical fantasy author. She lives near the sea with her husband, two sons, and the most beautiful black cat in the realm.

Kell studied English literature, creative writing, and librarianship, so she could always be surrounded by stories. She has worked in libraries for the past twelve years, all the while writing about made-up (and not so made-up) places, people and things you might remember from the fairy tales you read as a child. After the Forest is her first novel.

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