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Steven Savile returns to the world of Glass Town with this gritty new fantasy where reluctant hero Joshua Raines will combat a forgotten god Every legend promises the same thing: at the time of the land's greatest need the heroes shall return. What they don't mention is that we are the greatest threat our green and pleasant land has ever known. In the legends, saving the la Steven Savile returns to the world of Glass Town with this gritty new fantasy where reluctant hero Joshua Raines will combat a forgotten god Every legend promises the same thing: at the time of the land's greatest need the heroes shall return. What they don't mention is that we are the greatest threat our green and pleasant land has ever known. In the legends, saving the land never involves the slaughter of its inhabitants. Legends lie. In a single night six girls who have never met and bear no relation to each other are struck down by a mysterious sickness that leaves them in persistent vegetative state. Across the city an old woman who hasn't opened her eyes in years finally wakes. Her first words are: The Horned God is Awake. One for one. Josh is about to learn the terrible truth behind these three words seared in the floor of his crazy grandfather's flat. He is all that stands between our world and the cleansing fire of the once and future king. The question he must answer, how do you kill a god the world has forgotten about? Steven Savile has been an international sensation, selling over half a million copies of his novels worldwide and writing for cult favorite television shows including Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Stargate. His US debut Glass Town, a brilliantly composed novel revolving around the magic and mystery lurking in London, came out in December 2017. Coldfall Wood, while set in the world of Savile's US debut Glass Town, can be read as a standalone novel.


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Steven Savile returns to the world of Glass Town with this gritty new fantasy where reluctant hero Joshua Raines will combat a forgotten god Every legend promises the same thing: at the time of the land's greatest need the heroes shall return. What they don't mention is that we are the greatest threat our green and pleasant land has ever known. In the legends, saving the la Steven Savile returns to the world of Glass Town with this gritty new fantasy where reluctant hero Joshua Raines will combat a forgotten god Every legend promises the same thing: at the time of the land's greatest need the heroes shall return. What they don't mention is that we are the greatest threat our green and pleasant land has ever known. In the legends, saving the land never involves the slaughter of its inhabitants. Legends lie. In a single night six girls who have never met and bear no relation to each other are struck down by a mysterious sickness that leaves them in persistent vegetative state. Across the city an old woman who hasn't opened her eyes in years finally wakes. Her first words are: The Horned God is Awake. One for one. Josh is about to learn the terrible truth behind these three words seared in the floor of his crazy grandfather's flat. He is all that stands between our world and the cleansing fire of the once and future king. The question he must answer, how do you kill a god the world has forgotten about? Steven Savile has been an international sensation, selling over half a million copies of his novels worldwide and writing for cult favorite television shows including Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Stargate. His US debut Glass Town, a brilliantly composed novel revolving around the magic and mystery lurking in London, came out in December 2017. Coldfall Wood, while set in the world of Savile's US debut Glass Town, can be read as a standalone novel.

39 review for Coldfall Wood

  1. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    A sleeping god awakes. Danger. Murder. Mysterious illness. Bad things start happening.....and Joshua Raines will have to become a true hero, stepping up to fight an epic battle. The tale of Glass Town continues..... When I accept ARC copies of books for review, I promise to write an honest review. And I always do. Even when I have to say that I just did not enjoy a book. I'm always constructive in my criticism, but I'm never going to be less than honest. Not every book is for every reader. I say A sleeping god awakes. Danger. Murder. Mysterious illness. Bad things start happening.....and Joshua Raines will have to become a true hero, stepping up to fight an epic battle. The tale of Glass Town continues..... When I accept ARC copies of books for review, I promise to write an honest review. And I always do. Even when I have to say that I just did not enjoy a book. I'm always constructive in my criticism, but I'm never going to be less than honest. Not every book is for every reader. I say that because this book is just not something I can enjoy reading. So....much as I hate to do it....I DNF'd this book at 60%. I tried three times to finish so I could write a complete review....but finally I had to give up and declare it done. Now....that doesn't mean that this is a bad book. It just means that I, personally, did not enjoy this story. I did not realize it was a continuation of the story started in Glass Town. Even though the book blurb said it can be read as a stand alone story, I found the plot, basic premise and characters confusing because I haven't read the first book. I couldn't get into the story because I didn't understand the motivation of the characters or if this was a mystery/crime investigation or supernatural story. The mixing of the two just didn't work for me in this case. This series is just not for me. I have heard some very wonderful things about Steven Saville's other books...so I think I will try another selection and see if it's a better fit for me. I did a bit of looking around at other reviews and found many readers like this series....I'm glad. :) It just is not a good fit for me. **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from St Martin's Press via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mommacat

    Advance Review Copy I love Steven Savile's work and was so excited to see a new fantasy novel by him. I couldn't wait to dive in. COLDFALL WOOD takes place in Britain and unfortunately that's about all I managed to retain. The characters were unmemorable to me and the story just seemed to drag endlessly. I was so sorry that this just wasn't for me. It will go into my Steven Savile collection to try again at a later date. Maybe this will work out better for you.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    British Fantasy. If you like fantasy books and/ or happen to be an Anglophile, this book is definitely up your alley. It starts out a bit after Saville's prior book, Glass Town, but can be read independently of that book - as I did. We encounter a cop in modern day London dealing with the fallout of the events of Glass Town, but we also encounter a Muslim kid executing an honor killing and a pair of racists who beat up a star soccer player who happens to be Muslim in retaliation, as well as a pa British Fantasy. If you like fantasy books and/ or happen to be an Anglophile, this book is definitely up your alley. It starts out a bit after Saville's prior book, Glass Town, but can be read independently of that book - as I did. We encounter a cop in modern day London dealing with the fallout of the events of Glass Town, but we also encounter a Muslim kid executing an honor killing and a pair of racists who beat up a star soccer player who happens to be Muslim in retaliation, as well as a pair of burglars encountering a very strange house. The first half of the book sets the world for this particular tale, and the back half of the book is the Battle for London. All in all, an excellent effort from Saville, and recommended, as I said at the beginning, for fantasy lovers and/ or Anglophiles. Caveat: I myself am neither, and thus even while intrigued by the premise and story, I struggled a bit with it. Hence the 4 stars for what really would be a 5 star tale if I was more into its genre.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melise Gerber

    I received an ARC from NetGalley and St. Martins Press. Thanks! I started out enjoying this book quite a bit. The action was good and the supernatural elements were mysterious and creepy. However, I was quickly overwhelmed by the large number of characters, the abrupt transitions between the magical, supernatural world and the London detectives, and the feeling that there didn’t seem to be much forward impetus in the story. I tend to be a fast reader, with most novels taking me only two or three I received an ARC from NetGalley and St. Martins Press. Thanks! I started out enjoying this book quite a bit. The action was good and the supernatural elements were mysterious and creepy. However, I was quickly overwhelmed by the large number of characters, the abrupt transitions between the magical, supernatural world and the London detectives, and the feeling that there didn’t seem to be much forward impetus in the story. I tend to be a fast reader, with most novels taking me only two or three days at most. After four days, I was only about 150 pages into this 360 page ebook, and decided it was not a book I cared to finish.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ed

    This is the story of the Horned God's return to London in modern times following an honor killing in the Muslim community. Overall, not a bad tale. It took me almost a third of the book to really get interested. The cast of characters almost required a scorecard to keep up with. The action flipped back and forth between the 'natural' world and the supernatural.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Raquel Zafra

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dave

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lianne Burwell

  9. 5 out of 5

    Crittermom

    Coldfall Wood is an unusual fantasy novel. It is uncomfortable to read at times because it is at once too real and too unreal. This paradox makes the impossible troublingly possible. It begins with a brutal honor killing, one that sets racial tension alight, encouraging more and greater violence. In this case, however, something greater is at hand, the awakening of an old god of the land, and the blood spilled sets a chain reaction of sacrifice and rebirth. This isn’t a novel of good and evil. I Coldfall Wood is an unusual fantasy novel. It is uncomfortable to read at times because it is at once too real and too unreal. This paradox makes the impossible troublingly possible. It begins with a brutal honor killing, one that sets racial tension alight, encouraging more and greater violence. In this case, however, something greater is at hand, the awakening of an old god of the land, and the blood spilled sets a chain reaction of sacrifice and rebirth. This isn’t a novel of good and evil. Instead it is a matter of survival. There is little magic left in the world of men, and a greater enemy of man and fae alike is soon to come. Coldfall Wood is a brutal novel, the depictions of the horned god and his retinue are true to the darker legends. Julie, Alex and the others are struggling against things they can’t understand and have little hope of prevailing against. This isn’t a novel of fast paced action. Even if the heroes are victorious, immense damage has been done. Coldfall Wood is a mesmerizing story, powerful enough to keep the reader thinking about it afterward. It is a reminder of forgotten tales of the Wild Hunt, the stories and legends passed generation to generation. 4 / 5 I received a copy of Coldfall Wood from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. — Crittermom

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bethy ✴︎ Fergusson

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Centorcelli

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stef

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  15. 4 out of 5

    SA Schlueter

  16. 5 out of 5

    Annie Deo

  17. 4 out of 5

    Schizanthus

  18. 4 out of 5

    Diana

  19. 5 out of 5

    Leslee

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Forsberg

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jason

  22. 5 out of 5

    John

  23. 4 out of 5

    T.J. Burns

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carol

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Hunter

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey

  28. 5 out of 5

    darchildre

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Leger-Small

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily Ledford-Mcaninch

  31. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

  32. 4 out of 5

    Jacquesworth

  33. 4 out of 5

    Derenai

  34. 5 out of 5

    Kristoffer

  35. 5 out of 5

    Alex

  36. 4 out of 5

    Honeybabe

  37. 5 out of 5

    Sensei6375

  38. 4 out of 5

    Michael Grella

  39. 4 out of 5

    Dan Drew

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