Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh
Publication Date: June 18th 2019
Blurb: 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.
Silver in the Wood is a lyrical dream of a book. In just over 100 pages Tesh transports you to a whole other world, where magic lives deep within the forest and other-worldly beings walk.
This was such a gorgeous little volume. I fell in love with Tesh’s descriptions of Greenhollow, and Tobias. It’s lush and vibrant. It’s a spell that is woven around you slowly, bring you into the deep dark green.
The relationship between Tobias and Silver is lovely to watch unfold. It’s a subtle thing and creeps up due to it being a short story but it was done well. We also get some quality moments like Tobias having a ‘???…!!!’ moment when he realises Silver is in his bed and wearing his clothes.
Part of me wishes it had been longer but I’m not going to hold that against it since it is a short story. So I am hoping this is not the last we’ll see of Tobias, Silver and Greenhollow. And Pearl and Silver’s mother of course, who are some of the best supporting characters. Get you a cat like Pearl. I would read a thousand more stories in this world.
Silver in the Wood might not be an epic novel with battles over the fate of the entire world but it’s consuming, haunting and so so beautiful. If you are looking for a short book to dive into, to do away with the real world and experience a little magic then I definitely recommend Silver in the Wood.
“He knew it the same way the woodsman knew it, because he knew trees: but he also knew it with the knowledge of the Wild Man of Greenhallow, who felt every slow green beat of the forest’s heart.”
*I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*