In a quiet little village on a lonely little hill, surrounded by a dark and mysterious Wood, lives a girl named Annabelle Knopp, who is certain magic isn't real - until the day she meets a strange little man, and learns of a dangerous shadow, and must travel all the way to the edge of her world just to keep it from falling apart. And all the while, something in the Wood is watching. More
Everyone gets lost in the Wood that surrounds the village to the North. Everyone, that is, except for Annabelle Knopp.
But the Wood contains secrets even Annabelle doesn't know. When the body of a stranger appears on the steps of the church, the quiet village gets thrown into turmoil. People begin to disappear, the trees stir with long-forgotten magic, and a dark force rises in the Wild.
With her home in danger, Annabelle must embark on an unforgettable journey to an unknown world, to save the people she loves from the shadow that threatens to consume them all.
And something in the Wood is watching.
"To the North" is the first installment in The Villages Anthology. Inspired by legends and mythologies across northern Europe, the Villages books take you to four small, isolated villages, where people live quiet lives and are largely unconcerned with the happenings of the World Beyond.
Little do the villagers know that the worlds of magic surround them on all sides, and that the inhabitants of these worlds - monsters and mages, shadows and spirits, goblins and gods - have a tendency to fall through the gaps.
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