Author: Andrea Churchill
Legends speak of a place called Lerewood, an isolated little village set in the middle of an immeasurable, ghostly wood. The town people suffer from severe poverty and filth, living more like savage animals than a cultured civilization. However, despite the town’s inhuman conditions, the townspeople never seem to die from disease or starvation, and their numbers only seem to grow with each generation.
No one knows the truth of how Lerewood came to be, but many secrets seem to revolve around as ancient, legendary creature that lives in the surrounding forest. They say she’ll hunt anyone who dares trespass onto her land, those who enter the forest never come back.
One middle aged man, Uallas, depressed and tired of abuse from his monstrous wife, decides to commit suicide by entering the wood. But when he steps foot into the mythical dark forest. Uallas finds that everything he ever knew about the town, and himself, were lies. These new discoveries only lead to more questions, where the truth can only be found in the mysterious, undiscovered world.
From the starting point of the book I felt I could visualize every happening through the course of the tale. It can be beautifully classified as a tragic fairy tail. One that brings out too many questions inside your head. I felt like asking , is it how good and bad, evil and good had been kept separated? By a magical, enchanted forest and Illere? Has the existence of pure evil, beast-like behavior of our world possibly began from a place like the Lerewood? Does evil arrive out of nowhere, just down from the earth? How much sacrifice of the good is needed for the evil to distinguish the latter? Do I sound like crazy? I might. Well, am definitely not ashamed for that. This book has brought out lot of questions in me, a lot of thinking, a lot of link between real life and the story life. I rated it 4½ because I really wish the book was a bit long as also has some answers to all the answered questions. If you haven’t read it yet, better don’t waste anymore time. You won’t regret it.