The forest is a dangerous place, where siren song lures men and women to their deaths. For centuries, a witch has harvested souls to feed the heartless tree, using its power to grow her domain.
When Owen Merrick is lured into the witch’s wood, one of her tree-siren daughters, Seren, saves his life instead of ending it. Every night, he climbs over the garden wall to see her, and every night her longing to become human deepens. But a shift in the stars foretells a dangerous curse, and Seren’s quest to become human will lead them into an ancient war raging between the witch and the king who is trying to stop her.
Epic, heartbreaking, and darkly atmospheric, Into the Heartless Wood is the story of impossible love between a monstrous tree siren and a boy who lives at the edge of her wood.
This is not exactly a Beauty And The Beast retelling, this story of a boy that falls in love with a monster that lurks in the forest surrounding his home has a similar vibe but the plot is wildly different. This story had a strong start, a very weak middle but a great ending. There needs to be more standalone fantasy novels.
The love story is the main focus of the story, but wrapped around it is a tale of old Gods – a God of the Forest and a Soul Eater -waging war on each other for past grievances, with Owen and Seren caught in the middle of it. It’s a very brutal, bloody story, but the pure love that Owen and Seren have for each other is a light in the darkness.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story, but there was a moment in the middle that seemed to slow down, and Owen started making ridiculous decisions, which felt like it was to add to the tension rather than adding to the story. However, the ending did make up for it and the last few pages were just perfection.