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The Green Man's Heir by Juliet E. McKenna
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The Green Man's Heir (2018)

by Juliet E. McKenna

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    The Wild Ways by Tanya Huff (Jostaberry)
    Jostaberry: The Green Man's Heir has a lot of traditional, more rural elements in the mythology - as in the Green Man, dryads, naiads, wose and others. While it is reminiscent of an urban fantasy it is not set in an urban area, it is set in the English countryside. The Wild Ways is another not-really urban-setting urban fantasy that draws on traditional figures like selkies and it is set at a folk festival at a fishing village. I've enjoyed both books and think they have some of the same elements.… (more)
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If urban fantasy is defined as a fantasy set in a modern day city setting, then this book is a rural fantasy.

Set in modern Derbyshire, Daniel Markmain is a dryad’s son making a living as a carpenter. Born of a dryad and a mortal man, as a male he partakes of his father’s mortal heritage but can see the otherworld, specifically other supernatural beings.

The book seems to be a fix-up of two novellas: the first details his battle against a wood wose which has a delight in torture and rape, the second details his battle against a wyrmling and the wyrm that’s trying to protect it.

Running through both sections is the Green Man himself, a shuck, dryads and naiads, and Daniel’s struggle to make his way in the modern world without tipping off mundane authority about his supernatural inheritance.

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  Maddz | Jan 1, 2019 |
A fun fantasy based on (surprise!) the legend of the Green Man. I very much enjoyed this read which brings dryads, naiads and other woodland divinities into the modern world. Sort of an Urban Fantasy set not in an urban environment, but in the country.

A young man who is the son of a dryad and a human becomes embroiled in a grisly murder scene. Human agents of the law suspect him, and cannot imagine the forces they are actually dealing with. He is the only one who can see the evil and root it out. ( )
  MrsLee | Nov 3, 2018 |
Daniel Mackmain is a woodworker and carpenter, currently working in Derbyshire. He's also a greenblood because his mother is a dryad. This gives him some special powers such as the ability to see other supernatural creatures such as dryads, naiads, wose, boggerts, and shucks among others. When he becomes embroiled in the murder of a young runaway, Daniel finds he is has been brought to Derbyshire for a reason by the Green Man.
If you are at all interested in English folklore, you will love this book. Set in modern times, the reader is still brought back in time to read of creatures who've been living in the woods and streams of England for centuries. You also get some English history thrown in (how was William Rufus killed in the New Forest?) and descriptions of English manors and villages that adds to the setting of the book.
The book is told in first person. I don't always like using that POV, but Daniel is an engaging character, still trying to work out his own ancestry and its implications while accepting the differences it has created for him. The other characters, both human and supernatural, are fun, and the evil ones certainly make the reader want to grab some iron and check the locks on their doors.
I hope this turns into a series. I'd love to read more about Daniel's adventures. ( )
2 vote N.W.Moors | Apr 22, 2018 |
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