Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh
Published by Tor.com on June 18th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Novella, Historical, Queer
“Ah, the wood.”
Where to start with this lush and atmospheric novella? With the wood? With the Wild Man? With the dryads?
No, I think I’ll start with where our story starts, in the middle of autumn with a young man in a downpour. When Tobias first meets Henry Silver.
It starts with a kindness. Silver has just bought the Greenhallow Hall and is exploring the forest when the sky opens up. Tobias’ cottage is in the woods and when Tobias notices Silver, he offers him a refuge from the rain.
“They say a madman lives in Greenhollow Wood.”
Tobias is tethered to the forest and has been for a very long time. But the curious Silver is changing things. Visiting him, talking with him, things that haven’t happened in many long years. But with Silver’s curiosity comes Tobias’ past and while Tobias would rather not dwell on it, some secrets can’t be kept in the dark forever.
At a little more then 100 pages this short novella stirs up longing and the desire to go walking through the woods and jumping over streams. To breath in clean air and watch the branches sway. Truly, this little book is an entrancing little treasure.
The ending gives you a new beginning and I can’t wait to read the sequel.
About the book
There is a Wild Man who lives in the deep quiet of Greenhollow, and he listens to the wood. Tobias, tethered to the forest, does not dwell on his past life, but he lives a perfectly unremarkable existence with his cottage, his cat, and his dryads.
When Greenhollow Hall acquires a handsome, intensely curious new owner in Henry Silver, everything changes. Old secrets better left buried are dug up, and Tobias is forced to reckon with his troubled past—both the green magic of the woods, and the dark things that rest in its heart.
Emotional abuse and toxic relationship (neither are between the two main characters), death, gun violence, violence, kidnapping, blood, grief, murder, and a panic attack.