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The Butcher of the Forest

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A world-weary woman races against the clock to save two children from an enchanting but deadly forest in this dark fairy-tale from World Fantasy, Nebula and Aurora-award winning author Premee Mohammed.

At the northern edge of a valley conquered by a merciless foreign tyrant lies a wild forest ruled by dangerous magic. The local people know never to enter—for no one who strays into the north woods is ever seen again. No one, that is, except Veris Thorn.

When the children of the Tyrant vanish into the woods, Veris is summoned to rescue them. Veris knows she has only one day before the creatures in the wood claim the children for their own. If she fails, the Tyrant will destroy everything she loves.

If she is to succeed, Veris must evade traps and trickery, ancient monsters and false friends, and the haunting memory of her last journey into the woods.

Time is running short. One misstep will cost everything.

Genre: Horror

Praise for this book

"Nothing in nature matches the uncannily sweet murdermirth of Premee Mohamed. She will show you yearning in a scrap of cheese or the whole world in the rules of a game. This book is bigger inside than out... by a large margin." - Meg Elison

"Woven with the dark and dreamlike intricacy of a medieval tapestry, this novella implicates the reader as an accomplice in its monstrosity. It's exactly the kind of punishment we as readers deserve." - Hiron Ennes

"Hansel and Gretel meet Annihilation in Premee Mohamed's The Butcher of the Forest, a fairytale that shifts into a meditation on war and grief, one that asks questions about who is innocent and who is complicit in oppression. Come for the eldritch monsters; stay, as always, for Mohamed's critiques of power." - S Qiouyi Lu

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