Lurking in the Woods by Anne Stryker Review
Bryn Kolt can’t seem to stay put—or perhaps she can’t seem to find what she’s looking for. Traveling the country ever since cancer took her mother five years ago, Bryn has yet to fill the ache death left behind. When her grandmother wills her a cabin, she isn’t expecting to discover the old woman’s ramblings about magic are true. But sure enough, Rhyeos, a shadow wolf guardian, enters her life as casually as if he had always been there, bringing with him the promise of adventure. Soon there’s more for Bryn to dwell on than the flirty Guardian of the Forest’s advances, however. Somewhere deep in the magical world Beyond a villain known as The Beast threatens to tip the balance toward darkness. What’s worse? He wants to meet her.
“I wouldn’t let anything happen to you. It’s my job to protect; first and foremost, those I care about.”
Have you ever stood at the edge of a forest?
If you peer into the undergrowth enough, you can start to see phantasmagoric figures out of the corner of your eye.
These shadowy figures are so easily dismissed.
You forget The Beast lives in these shadows.
So before you enter the forest, just remember:
You never know what may be Lurking in the Woods.
From the moment readers step across the veil with Bryn, this tale of high fantasy, romance, and adventure will absolutely consume you. I found myself completely drawn in by Bryn’s character development. She starts off her journey by trying to deal with all the hardships life has thrown at her. She uses photography as a coping mechanism to capture images and thus freeze them in time.
Enter the mysterious Rhyeos who becomes Bryn’s tour guide in a hidden world that only requires open eyes to see.
“After all, there’s a world of magic out there, baby. And I’m your tour guide.”
This is a must read if you’re a fan of Sarah J. Maas!