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Willa of the Wood

Willa of the Wood, Book 1
Written by: Robert Beatty
Narrated by: Emily Rankin
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins

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Publisher's Summary

From number one New York Times best-selling author Robert Beatty comes a thrilling new series set in the magical world of Serafina.

Move without a sound. Steal without a trace.

Willa, a young night-spirit of the Great Smoky Mountains, is her clan's best thief. She creeps into the homes of day-folk under cover of darkness and takes what they won't miss. It's dangerous work - the day-folk kill whatever they do not understand - but Willa will do anything to win the approval of the padaran, the charismatic leader of the Faeran people.

When Willa's curiosity leaves her hurt and stranded in the day world, she calls upon an ancient, unbreakable bond to escape. Only then does she discover the truth: not all day-folk are the same, and the foundations that have guarded the Faeran for eons are under attack.

As forces of unfathomable destruction encroach on her home, Willa must decide who she truly is. To save the day-folk family that has become her own - and lift the curse that has robbed her people of their truth - Willa will meet deadly force with trusted alliance, violence with shelter, and an ever-changing world with a steady heartbeat of courage.

©2018 Robert Beatty (P)2018 Listening Library

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  • Patrice
  • 2018-07-30

Deeper and Sweeter

The story is powerful in its view on how we treat the planet, our family, and people who are not like us. A novel written beautifully and read very well. Willa will capture your heart as she pulls you deeper into the woods to hear her story.

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  • DeeDee Ashley Gomez
  • 2019-06-03

This book needs a trigger warning

The reviews of the book were so good that I figured I would enjoy this one. The performance of the reader was good, however the story itself is nothing but despair, abuse, assault, death and even more death. All this happening to a young character and for the most part it was hard to stomach. The few not death and despair parts were wholesome and wonderful. But it hardly made up for the moment after moment of drawn out sadness this character was experiencing.

As someone who has a diagnosed mood disorder, wouldn’t recommend this book to any child with any mood disorder. It’s violent, depressing, and filled with more hopelessness moments than good.

Probably could have been a good story without the overwhelming emphasis on despair.

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  • Gabe
  • 2019-07-06

kids love this story

they love Willa as much as Sarafina. thanks so much for writing such a nice set of stories

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  • Lady
  • 2019-05-28

Great family book!

This book is full of excitement,twists, and turns and will not disappoint perfect for when your in a car.

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  • tiffany
  • 2018-12-21

T. Sams

A great read for any age. Young, old, or in between. Loved the ending. Warmed my heart! ❤️❤️❤️

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-21

Beautiful, lyrical, completely unique!

This is a gorgeous piece of writing. Excellent narration underpins flawless storytelling based in the mountains of my home in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. It's totally worth the credit.

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  • Connie Carrico
  • 2018-08-18

Fantastic depart from today’s stressors

Once I started this book I couldn’t wait to get up the next morning to finish it this is an incredible story and I happen to be a Gatlinburg Sevierville smoky mountains fan so it fit right into my idea of a good read

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  • will84
  • 2018-08-06

The more whimsical, less creepy Serafina

This book was so engagingly written. Loved the original story and world building. I'd definitely read more from Willa and her fantastical world!

I really appreciated how this book was less scary/creepy than Beatty's Serafina series. I feel this is much more appropriate for the age range he targets, while still having high enough stakes to make it an interesting page-turner.

Also much preferred this narrator over the one who read the Serafina books. This one had a very pleasant vocal quality, but lacked the eccentricities that made the Serafina narrator almost distracting to me.

Would recommend this book for young and old readers alike!

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  • Kathy Johnson
  • 2018-07-23

Not what I expected . Very disappointed

I struggled to keep listening.
The narrator was really good.
But this story was sad and dark and unnecessarily brutal at times. I had high hopes for this book. Very disappointed

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  • Karen Ford
  • 2018-07-18

Love it!

This was a wonderful story with perfect narration. I hope we have more adventures from Willa!