Published by The Parliament House on February 9, 2021
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Fairy Tale re-telling
Source: Paperback from Author
Ronin’s son is dead, but a sorceress banished to the Woods can bring the child back if he and his Silver Raiders do something for her first. She finds there's nothing Ronin Hood won't do for his son…
Anika finds herself drawn to the mystery of the Woods and the thieves who live within, but the cost of associating with the Silver Raiders becomes higher than she's willing to pay. The darkness of the Woods seeps into the Raider's hearts, blurring the lines between hero and villain,
until Anika's fight for freedom turns into a fight to survive the magic of the trees that should have never been awoken.
This isn't the tale of Robin Hood you remember.
This is a companion novel to The Storyteller's Daughter. Both books are unique plots with a few recurring characters between them. It's suggested to read in order to avoid minor spoilers, but it's not necessary.
Woods of Silver and Light is the second book in the young adult fantasy fairy tale series, called Storyteller’s Series by Victoria McCombs. This is a companion novel to The Storyteller’s Daughter. Both books are unique plots with a few recurring characters between them. It’s suggested to read in order to avoid minor spoilers, but it’s not necessary. I did not read The Storyteller’s Daughter before diving into Woods of Silver and Light, and I think this book works well as a standalone. However; I enjoyed this world so much that I am super excited to go back and read book one now!
In Woods of Silver and Light, we meet our main character Anika, who is Cosette’s sister from book one. Cosette is back home to take care of their mom, and Anika is left to help care for, and try to revive their new estate. One day, while riding in a carriage Anika witnesses a robbery of another carriage. A group of guys and girls, called the Silver Raiders stole from the rich and gave their spoils to the poor. Yes, that’s right, Woods of Silver and Light is a Robin Hood re-telling. Here the silver raiders live in the enchanted forest, so one night Anika goes into the forest to try and reason with them. She finds herself straddling two worlds- trying to save her estate and her lands, and trying to help her people, and also getting to know Ronin of the Silver Raiders and growing closer to him.
There is a light love triangle in this story between Ronin (silver raiders) and Christopher (landed gentry) as well, but this book is very age appropriate for younger young adult readers. There are no explicit scenes and the romance is PG. There are a few fight scenes and deaths, but nothing too graphic. Overall, I really enjoyed this quick easy read. I am most interested in the world politics. I love the use of magic that was present, and I like the different regions views on magic. I think that is going to play out even more in the upcoming installments in the Storyteller’s Series, and I cannot wait to see what happens not only to our next group of characters, but how it ties into this enchanting world that Victoria McCombs has created. This was a fun book that I was able to devour in a few quick hours.