Twists in every chapter, cautionary messages underlined in every word, and a spark of magic: that's how you conclude a trilogy( and hopefully another one will be available soon!). Hidden in the Woods is probably my favorite out of the three novels of the Scary Faerie Tales trilogy by author M.A Kersh. Why is that? Allow me to explain!
The '' main character'' does has something to do with it: Maleficent, the Dark Fairy, the self-proclaimed Mistress of All Evil, one of the most beloved Disney Villains, if not one of the most iconic villains ever and my favorite since early childhood. her story is explored here and though there is a question of love, magic, and betrayal, it has nothing to do with the Angela Jolie live-action movie or the novel from Serena Valentino. Both books deliver an interesting portrayal of Maleficent, making her human and relatable while keeping her badass attitude and all those small details that constitute her identity.
Pan is still a great villain and character in general, so enjoyable to watch and you can see the author definitely took a gamble with him. The storyline between Hook and the Blue fairy was heavily teased and I was happy about its income.
I also loved the prologue that really sets the tone and creates an interesting link with another major fairy-tale that has many common points with Sleeping Beauty...that's all I'm gonna say for now.
Characters mute themselves in other versions of people we know ( one example would be Smee) and though I was a bit confused about it at the beginning, I came to really enjoy this concept and how everyone is connected together much like in Dicken's novels, the TV show Once Upon a Time or even Serena Valentino's Villains series.
M.A Kersh has definitely won her spurs here and we can only hope more books surrounding those characters and those magical realms will hit the shelves very soon!
I also love the fresh twist on the Snow Queen character from the fairy tale of Andersen. They mingle all together in a sea of passion and creativity to introduce us to their motives and feelings, wich is a good proof of great storyetlling.
*The identity of the Wood Witch.... wow. Though I was a bit spoiled on that one, I loved everything about this storyline. She was one of my favorite things about Blood in the Water and I was so happy to see her back and being given a much larger role here than she ever had in the Disney pantheon and the original animated feature. M.A Kersh did such a good job with her and to be able to chat about her regarding her point of view of what makes Madame Mim so menacing definitely was a thrill!
Rating: 5 out of 5 thorns vines.