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After the Forest |
October 2023

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"Ginger. Honey
Cinnamon. Flour.
A drop of blood to

bind its power

"Set in the Black Forest of Wurttemberg during the mid-17th century, After the Forest is a dark, compelling, and enchanting meld of love-story, fairy-tale, magic and history that explores the repercussions of a childhood filled with magic - and how happily ever after isn’t always so happy." 


Ginger. Honey. Cinnamon. Flour.

Fifteen years after the witch in the gingerbread house, Greta and Hans are struggling to get by. Their father and stepmother are long dead, Hans has his debts, and a bloody war has ravaged the land. But as long as Greta has her gingerbread recipe (found in a book from the witch long ago), she can keep their small family afloat.

But dark magic is returning to the woods. Wolves howl in the night, there have been bodies, gruesomely murdered, found in the woods, and Greta has even caught sight of an enormous black bear wandering the forest.

In a village full of superstition, Greta, with her red hair, her past with the witch, and her mysteriously addictive gingerbread, is a source of gossip and suspicion. But something dark looms on the horizon, and Greta’s secret magic—a magic she is still discovering herself—may be the only thing that can stop it.

After the Forest will be published simultaneously by Tor Books (US), Titan Books (UK) and Harper Voyager (AU/NZ) in October 2023. 


"After the Forest is high up on my list of best books of 2023. An author to watch and a powerhouse debut.”—Grimdark Magazine 

"Woods is a powerful new voice in speculative fiction.”—Publishers Weekly, STARRED review.

"“Readers will root for Greta to finally achieve her happily ever after while also relishing Woods’ dark, folklore-infused story. After the Forest is full of enchanting references to various folk tales and truly feels like a children’s storybook come to life, albeit one with delightfully wicked and haunting twists. With its cookbooks that speak (and bite!) and enchanted gingerbread, After the Forest is a tantalizing treat.”—BookPage, STARRED review.

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