Everyone in Equane knows the rule: don’t ever go into the woods. But when Emeline’s brother breaks this rule, they are forced to go to the capital to report the creature they see. The capital is dangerous, though, and the secret Emeline keeps could get her into deep trouble.
Between the Water and the Woods is very reminiscent of an old fairytale. Massive kingdoms, dangerous woods, brave knights, conspiracy, magic – if you want to be really critical, it’s all been done before. But I think a book is best judged by its execution, not it’s originality.
First and foremost, the relationship between Emeline and her brother is one of the most realistic I’ve seen in a fantasy setting. Every time I see siblings referring to each other as “sister” or “brother” I feel like screaming! The fact that the knight character wasn’t arrogant and rude and yet somehow irresistibly charming is something I’d like to see more of in these kinds of stories. Really, all of the characterization throughout the story was enjoyable. Though not exactly the knights of the Round Table, Between the Water and the Woods is almost like a fairytale one would read at bedtime. All in all, as a lover of fantasy I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Yours in love and literature, Page.
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