Review – Over the Woodward Wall

Posted June 13, 2022 by Nicky in Reviews / 2 Comments

Cover of Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah BakerOver the Woodward Wall, A. Deborah Baker (Seanan McGuire)

I loved Middlegame, but I didn’t expect to enjoy this spin-off so much! It shares DNA with Cat Valente’s Fairyland books, though the narrator is a little less intrusive and knowing. It also shares some DNA with McGuire’s own Wayward Children series, unavoidably.

It also manages to be something of its own, though, and I quickly stopped comparing it and started caring about Zib and Avery and the Crow Girl, and what will become of them. It’s a world based on fantasy/fairytale tropes and tarot cards, and there are giant talking owls and Bumble Bears and an improbable road to an Impossible City — what’s not to like?

I didn’t expect to get so caught up in it, but it was lovely; exactly what the doctor ordered. I know the second book is out, though, and I wish I’d got it before I started, because the story really doesn’t end at the end of the book.

Rating: 4/5

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2 responses to “Review – Over the Woodward Wall

    • Honestly, the same goes for book 2… I want book 3, but it doesn’t exist yet. ;-; It’s not like a cliffhanger, per se — the characters aren’t left in danger. But it’s also not an ending, they haven’t got where they’re going at all.

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