Part Practical Magic, part fairytale, Winterwood is beautiful, dark, and wonderful. Winterwood is a story about witches, deadly secrets, and a wood that seems to be alive in more ways than one. Nora, a Walker witch, finds Oliver, a boy who went missing in the Winter Woods. Each has their own connections to the woods, and Oliver has secrets he'd do anything to keep hidden in the dark. Ernshaw created characters who are alive, and haunting; even her woods stays with you long after the story has ended. This was a perfect fall read, and is one in sure will stay with me for moons to come. There are two things I learned from this book; "never waste a full moon, even in winter" and to be careful of the dark, dark wood. -Victoria
Winter 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“In this spine-tingling young adult novel, Nora Walker is the last in a long line of witches but has never found her magic. She lives a quiet life across the lake from a camp for wayward boys. With the arrival of each full moon (and only at the full moon), she ventures into the darkest, most dangerous part of the woods, where she finds lost things. This time, the lost thing she finds is a boy. Very atmospheric and full of surprises.”
— Lisa Wright, Oblong Books and Music, Millerton, NY
From New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep comes a haunting romance perfect for fans of Practical Magic,where dark fairy tales and enchanted folklore collide after a boy, believed to be missing, emerges from the magical woods—and falls in love with the witch determined to unravel his secrets.
Be careful of the dark, dark wood…
Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.
Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.
But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.
For as long as there have been fairy tales, we have been warned to fear what lies within the dark, dark woods and in Winterwood, New York Times bestselling author Shea Ernshaw, shows us why.
About the Author
Shea Ernshaw is the author of New York Times bestseller The Wicked Deep and Winterwood. She is the winner of the 2019 Oregon Book Award, and both The Wicked Deep and Winterwood were Indie Next Picks. She lives in a small mountain town in Oregon and is happiest when lost in a good book, lost in the woods, or writing her next novel.
Winter 2019 Indie Next Pick
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"A delectably immersive, eerie experience." -- Kirkus
"A spellbinding tale of witchery, deadly secrets, and woods that hold grudges. Winterwood is immersive, atmospheric, and bewitching. --Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times & international bestselling author ofthe Caraval series.
"Winterwood casts a deliciously dark spell with a richlineage ofwitches, secretive boys, and a sinister forest that will pull in any reader and never let them go." --Megan Shepherd, New York Times bestselling author of Grim Lovelies
“Shea Ernshaw spins yet another haunting tale in Winterwood. Mythic prose and atmospheric storytelling will leave readers spellbound and hungry for more of Ernshaw‘s witchy worlds." --Adrienne Young, New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep.
“The beauty and mystery of the natural world infuse every moment in this lush, spellbinding story that weaves romance with witchcraft—a seductive, lyrical tale of lost boys, old legends and haunted woods.” –Lexa Hillyer, author of Spindle Fire
"Lyrical, magical and mysterious, Winterwood left me intoxicated, dancing beneath an endless moon." -- Dawn Kurtagich, author of Teeth in the Mist
"Readers who loved A Discovery of Witches, Practical Magic, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane and other books featuring long lineages of magical women . . . will find much to enjoy here. Ernshaw’s deeply atmospheric prose makes Winterwood the perfect read for a cold and gloomy day." --Bookpage
"Ernshaw weaves an irresistible spell, entwining nature, romance, and magic through a lyrical text." -- Booklist
"A vivid fantasy world and a dark, thrilling atmosphere that drives the biting cold of Winterwood deep into readers’ bones." --Publishers Weekly
"Gasp- and sigh-worthy." -- BCCB
"A dynamic thriller for fans of paranormal fiction." -- SLJ