In the Books featuring Red of the Woods by Lana Axe

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Red of the Woods by Lana Axe.

Red of the woods

We all grew up listening to fairy tales like Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, and so on. In their original form, the stories were a gruesome collection and seem like horrible things to read to children due to their context, but they were fun. Red of the Woods was just as much fun.

The story opens with a town in a crisis. Their crops have failed, pets are missing, and things are looking bleak for the winter. Their reasoning points them to an old woman in their village, whom they accuse of witchcraft.

Seeking to banish the witch, the reverend and a small group of men approach Erthel and her granddaughter, Red, to inform them they are banished from the town. At hearing the news, Erthel proclaim her innocence, but her and Red agree to leave as it’s better than burning at the stake.

Once in an abandoned cabin in the woods, Erthel decides to go back to using her dark magic to gain justice on the townspeople for being so hardhearted.  Having forsaken using her powers for years, Erthel is innocent of their initial charge, but the townspeople’s actions are too much for her to take. Once they are settled in the old cabin Erthel once lived in, she waits until nightfall to curse the village by sending a wolf to avenge her.

As a retelling, the story has the same fast, easy read of the original, but with a unique twist I really enjoyed. The author did a marvelous job of working it so that several parts have stuck with me after I finished, which isn’t always the case with a short story/novella.

I’m a fan of stories involving people that were wronged doing something to avenge their treatment. Let’s be honest, it’s something we all wish we could do at some point. I really felt for Erthel (I usually root for the bad guys) and hoped to see more rampaging, but the story was still satisfying. I look forward to other retellings of the Grim Fairy Tales in the future from Lana Axe.


About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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