7 Reasons to Read Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke

Apr 28, 2020

I received an advanced review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, however it does not affect my opinions. Quotes are taken from the unedited advanced review copy is subject to change in the final copy. Thanks to Farrar, Straus and Giroux for the copy!

seven endless forests april genevieve tucholkeSeven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke
Young Adult Fantasy Retelling
April 28, 2020 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

In this gorgeous standalone companion to the critically acclaimed fantasy, The Boneless Mercies, April Tucholke spins a bold and blood-hungry retelling of the King Arthur legend that is perfect for fans of Naomi Novik, Garth Nix, and Laini Taylor.

On the heels of a devastating plague, Torvi’s sister, Morgunn, is stolen from the family farm by Uther, a flame-loving Fremish wolf-priest who leads a pack of ragged, starving girls. Torvi leaves the only home she’s ever known, and joins a shaven-skulled druid and a band of roaming Elsh artists known as the Butcher Bards. They set out on a quest to rescue Torvi’s sister, and find a mythical sword.

On their travels, Torvi and her companions will encounter magical night wilds and mystical Drakes who trade in young men. They will sing rowdy Elshland ballads in a tree-town tavern, and find a mysterious black tower in an Endless Forest. They will fight alongside famous Vorseland archers and barter with Fremish wizards. They will feast with rogue Jade Fell children in a Skal Mountain cave, and seek the help of a Pig Witch. They will face wild, dangerous magic that leads to love, joy, tragedy, and death.

Torvi set out to rescue a sister, but she may find it’s merely the first step toward a life that is grander and more glorious than anything she could have imagined.

7 Reasons to add Seven Endless Forests to your library

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★ It's a gender-flipped King Arthur retelling 🗡️
★ Rescue my sister trope
★ Lush, lyrical writing and atmospheric world-building with magic and creatures 🧙‍♂️🌲🧝✨🐺
★ An epic quest and battles
★ Found family
★ Brave women with quiet strength who embraces their potential, sexuality, exacts revenge, fights evil creatures, proves doubters wrong, finds love again and grow to become the heroines they were told they could never be.
★ Norse/viking mythology mixed with celt vibes

Content/Trigger Warnings

➤ Death of parent & significant partner
➤ Plague
➤ Kidnapping
➤ Drinking
➤ Violence
➤ Blood

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April Genevieve Tucholke is the author of Seven Endless Forests, The Boneless Mercies, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Between the Spark and the Burn, and Wink Poppy Midnight. Her books have been published in sixteen countries, and have received ten starred reviews. They have been selected for the Junior Library Guild, Kids' Indie Next picks, and YALSA Teens Top Ten. When she's not writing, April likes walking in the woods, exploring abandoned houses, and drinking expensive coffee. She currently resides Oregon with her husband.

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