The Devil's Fairy Tale

The Wolf in the Woods

Fiction - Fantasy - General
349 Pages
Reviewed on 07/28/2017
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Author Biography

Greg is a Welsh author and screenwriter.

The Devil's Fairy Tale series are Greg's first published books and combine elements of classic fairy tales with contemporary dark fantasy and horror.
Greg's is working on a new dark fantasy series, the first two books of which will be Wolf Head and The Strange Case of Sarah Wynter. Greg has various screenplays in development, most recently one about the Welsh aviator Ernest Willows and Fade, a horror film with Shooting Lodge Productions.

Among his favourite authors are Suzanna Clarke, Paul Auster, WG Sebald, CS Lewis, F Scott Fitzgerald, Cormac McCarthy, JRR Tolkien, David Gemmell, Stephen Pressfield, William Trevor and John Le Carre.

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twitter: @wartwriter

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

I have been a lover of fairy tales my entire life. Long before I understood the often-dark symbolism, or the deeper psychological terror that runs through most fairy tales, I simply enjoyed how afraid these stories made me. I think this is the attractive point of these tales for children everywhere, no matter the age they grow up in or the country they are from. To find a new story in this wonderful genre is good news indeed. To find a superlative addition to the genre is rare, but The Devil’s Fairy Tale by Greg Stewart is a reason for all fairy tale fans to celebrate. It is something new, in a very old and revered form. I sometimes find great fairy tales from cultures I have not been exposed to, but I can’t remember the last time I saw a modern writer add to the classic form made famous by the Brothers Grimm.

The writing is superb. That is the first thing I want you to know about The Devil’s Fairy Tale. If it were just adequate this would probably be a four-star review, but it is a five. It is a five because the great writing accompanies a great plot. It adds immensely to that plot, while at the same time giving depth to every character involved. That is the essence of the story in a nutshell. All the elements of the story are magnified, integrated, and illuminated by the writing of Greg Stewart. I have only seen this done so well in this genre by the great Neil Gaiman. That is good company to be in.

Samantha Dewitt (Rivera)

Something is going on with the Gate, but no one seems to know just what it is, except of course for those who are building it who definitely aren’t telling. Sam finds herself struggling beyond the Gate, or at least, she thinks that’s where she is. Dan is searching for answers about the father who he never realized was researching the Gate in the first place. Cassie is trapped in a world she can’t understand, searching for her brother with no real understanding of what’s happened to her or what she can do to save herself. And of course the King himself is left in the dark about just what is happening in his country. The Devil’s Fairy Tale by Greg Stewart explores how exactly the Devil may be influencing the world and the Gate. But will anyone be able to overcome the magic and power of the Gate?

This tale is one that definitely takes you on a lot of different adventures with a variety of characters that make it really interesting and a whole lot of fun. Of course, there’s more than enough danger and disaster going on at the same time. With separate stories that all wind together around the Gate, The Devil’s Fairy Tale is a tale that makes you want to keep turning pages to find out what’s going to happen next, which means I’m going to be looking for the second book to find out more about these characters and any others that might come along.

Maureen Dangarembizi

The Devil’s Fairy Tale: The Wolf in the Woods by Greg Stewart is a three-book young adult fantasy novel. The Wolf in The Woods is the first book in this series. When the Prime Minister of Great Britain makes a deal with the devil, people start disappearing. Samantha writes a letter to King William that goes unanswered. Left with no other choice, Sam and her friends have to travel into the Gate to save their missing loved ones. But the Gate is so much more than they thought it was. With time running out, the friends must race to stop the end of the world as we know it.

Greg Stewart takes well-loved fairy tales and turns them into an action packed adventure. It brought back fond memories and I can honestly say I enjoyed every minute of The Wolf In The Woods. With a wide cast of witches, dwarves, and many more, Greg Stewart’s characters come together in a unique tale that one cannot help but love. The Wolf In the Woods is not just another revamping of the classic fairy tales, but a strong, plot-driven story that encompasses beloved fairy tale characters. I loved his heroine, Sam, who had so many challenges at the beginning, but didn’t let her handicap stop her from reaching her goals. The reader is taken on a journey of pure escapism into a special world filled with magic and danger. Fans of the Harry Potter series will like this book. I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

The Wolf in the Woods is Book 1 of The Devil's Fairytale Trilogy by Greg Stewart. Cassie, Dan, and Sam are on a quest, not one they wanted to be on, but here they are, nonetheless. The British Prime Minister has struck a deal with the Devil and now people are going missing. The kids must get into the Gate and face their worst nightmares. Sam was blind until she went into the Gate and now everything looks bad to her. Dan has been through some very strange things and he doesn’t want to be the next one to disappear. And Cassie, well, Cassie used to be human. Now she is a goat on the run from a very big wolf in the woods. Enter the Gate at your own peril; you will never look at fairy tales in the same light again.

The Devil’s Fairytale: The Wolf in the Woods by Greg Stewart was an interesting story, a rather twisted and gruesome take on several popular fairy tales. This was something different, a new take on the fantasy genre. It had a little bit of everything in it – fantasy, light horror, light humor, all twisted together in a neat package. The plot was unique. I have certainly never read anything of its like before and it made a refreshing change. This is a well-written, well thought out story and clearly a lot of work has gone into making it flow as well as it did. The characters are exceptionally well developed for the first book in a trilogy and I suspect this will be one of those series where all the books must be read in order, rather than as standalone books. I enjoyed it and I believe anyone from young adult upwards will enjoy it too, especially if they are looking for something different to read.

Robin Goodfellow

The Devil’s Fairytale by Greg Stewart is a fantastical adventure that uncovers the dark truth behind the disappearances of three children, all of whom suffer beneath the arrogance of a demonic deal gone horribly wrong. The book is separated into five parts. The first part deals with Samantha Holderfast, a blind girl whose family has gone missing. The second part introduces Daniel Franzarat Jr., a boy who is trying to find his father after receiving a disturbing call about his father’s allegedly illegal activities. The third part follows Cassandra Boniface, a seventeen-year-old trying to find her younger brother. Part four deals with the authorities endeavoring to figure out the connection between the unsolved crimes and disappearances, and part five comprises the maniacal, dreamlike world of the Gate. Part six finally tells of the sickening fairytales Cassandra and Samantha are forced to go through, fairytales that were once enchanting in the eyes of society. The Devil’s Fairytale is a nightmarish fantasy that surrounds the victims of a Faustian contract, all while attempting to understand the difference between reality and fiction.

These children were innocent in all of this. Each had family and friends, each trying to figure out exactly what was going on and wanting get back to their loved ones. The adventures surrounding them were unbelievable, with death haunting every corner. But despite that, they are still going to suffer because of the actions of the adults. Whether affected by the non action of a king, or the corruption of the officials, or even the silence of a father, they all played a role in trapping these children. It’s like the wolf from a black forest, luring them in and promising they’d rest for a while. Stewart also does a particularly good job in forcing us to see through worlds we once thought would’ve been wonderful to live in. He masterfully decimates whatever childlike light we cling to in our past stories. From the triumph of running away from the wolf knocking on our door, to the usurping of an evil prince, there is no satisfaction in these victories. Because no matter how hard we try, we know these children are still trapped, and the deeper they go, the farther away from reality they get. I would recommend this book to fans of Christian Nadeau, Lizella Prescott, and Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus.