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Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 95: The Wood Wife by Terri Windling

In my previous post, I decided to give myself a reading challenge where I will read the books on my physical and digital shelves for this year.  The goal of this reading challenge is to read more of what I already have instead getting something new. Also, I hope to discover some great reads that I had an initial excitement for when I first bought them but got replaced by the latest purchase to get that excitement all over again.

Well, I’m off to good start on my reading challenge with The Wood Wife by Terri Windling.  This novel has been on my main bookshelf for over a year and I have known about the book since it was published in 1996. Windling has been an editor for one of my favorite writers, Charles de Lint, for many years and when I heard she had written a novel of her own that got my interest.

The Wood Wife told the story of a writer named Maggie Black who inherited the Tucson AZ estate of a reclusive poet named Davis Cooper. Maggie just ended her marriage to a famous musician and was looking to start her life over by writing the biography about the poet’s life.  She started to learn the nature of the poet‘s death through the people that lived on various parts of the estate.  Also, Maggie discovered through the poet’s letters about his lover, Anna Naverra, a gifted painter and the visions she saw through her art.  Those visions drove the painter into madness about how real they became and their connection to the environment in Tucson. Maggie elicited help when another painter who lived on the estate named Juan heads into a similar fate that befell Anna Naverra.  Will Maggie and her new friends be able to stop Juan from following the same path as Anna?

Windling draws upon various mythologies to tell a story about how the power of art, how it can drive one into madness if not channeled properly.  Also, this is a story about new beginnings in a place off the beaten path and how a renewal of life can start where you would have never visited before fate intervened. The Wood Wife is an intelligent, thoughtful, and mature fantasy novel that should get more recognition. Tor Books has repackaged the novel in its Tor Essentials edition and rightly so.  The Wood Wife should be an essential read for fantasy literature fans and an entry point for non-fantasy readers too.

Diondray’s Roundabout: Kammbia Book 3

    Diondray’s Roundabout is now released. It is the third novel set in the world of Kammbia. I really enjoyed writing this one and Diondray’s journey through Southern Kammbia will be one of a change for the entire world. Get it here: https://books2read.com/u/3krDnN Could he be the one foretold? Faith and doubt wrestle to… Continue Reading

Journey and Discovery: A Kammbia Omnibus Edition

The courage to face the truth. Diondray Azur had it. He took a gamble and looked hard into his roots. What he discovered changed him forever. A son of privilege in the land of Kammbia, Diondray learned one day that everything he believed to be true was in fact, a lie. When he discovered an… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 1: The Ivory and the Horn by Charles de Lint

I ended my 2018 reading year with a short story collection by Charles de Lint. I enjoyed Dreams Underfoot and began my 2019 reading year with the second de Lint short story collection set in Newford. The Ivory and the Horn is a fifteen tale collection that continues to explore the wonderful characters inhabiting the… Continue Reading

Cassandra’s Revelation: A Kammbia Short Story

“Cassandra’s Revelation,” is about a chance meeting between Cassandra Applebaum, a sultry-voiced singer who hadn’t sung in years, and an old friend—one who saw Diondray stop a rainstorm. Inspired by her friend’s account, Cassandra penned a new song, “The One Who Made the Rain Go Away.” After a few days, she received a call from… Continue Reading