The Will and the Wilds

Amazon. Jan. 2020. 268p. ISBN 9781542005005. pap. $14.95. FANTASY
When she was a baby, Enna’s father traveled beyond the wildwood to the realm of mystings (monstrous creatures) and stole a precious stone to protect his daughter. The Telling Stone warns whoever possesses it when mystings are near. Twenty years later, inquisitive Enna wears the stone daily to protect herself but also to study the deadly creatures it warns of. After being stalked by several mystings, all attempting to retrieve the stone, Enna summons a large humanoid mysting, Maekallus, complete with razor sharp tail and a massive horn protruding from his forehead. She strikes up a bargain with him, but such bargains are never as simple as they seem. Trickster Maekallus ends up trapped in the human world, slowly dying and tied to Enna. Enna can save Maekallus with a reenergizing kiss, giving up part of her soul in the process. Inextricably linked, Enna and Maekallus demonstrate that they both are more than they initially seemed. In this variation on Beauty and the Beast themes, Holmberg (“Paper Magician” series) zeroes in on two isolated heroes, allowing their relationship to gradually progress while they explore their feelings and seek information about the stone.
VERDICT This slow-burn fantasy romance with one-of-a-kind worldbuilding is recommended for patient fans of fairy-tale retellings.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing