"a wonderful dark, original tale"

Having liked this author's previous book "A Circle of Crows" under the Brynn Chapman name, I truly expected to appreciate another facet of her talent. She obviously adores fantasy, such as Lord of the Rings, J.K. Rowling and M. Night Shyamalan, yet she brings her own special talent into her tales. These writers have brought her to love the beauty of the tale and to write outside of the box, yet where Shyamalan stories often leave the reader unfulfilled -- a lot of promise only to end with a big let down--Smythe delivers.

The story is original, mesmerising with Callum having to face believing in things outside of the ordinary to save his mother and others. It's a wonderful dark original tale, imaginative, with strong characters, a solid premise and enough atmosphere to please people who loved The Village and for Harry fan's looking for another author to glom onto.

It's a great book for the whole family, marking the launch of this writer's YA facet with a grand style.

Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted April 29, 2007


Collum McClure's family and village are under siege from an unknown foe. Villagers by the droves are falling into a mysterious sleep, a coma, from which they are unable to wake. Collum and his school mates are in a race against time to discover why and how their parents are unconscious. Odd natural disasters are occurring everywhere, and then, there are the trees. In each sleeper's room, roots grow wild out of the closet, and wrap the comatose in a root sarcophagus. On each sleeper's closet door glows a message.Stand.See.Remember.Choose. Will Collum and his mates solve the riddle in time to free their parents, or will they be forever banned to the place known only as The NetherWood?


Into the Woods
by R. R. Smythe

Highland Press
March 1, 2007
Available: March 31, 2007
ISBN #097871394X
EAN #9780978713942
124 pages
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