Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
WoodWings: Chapter One is a children's adventure story by K.L Farley. When his grandfather dies, Dean's family are left an old haunted inn. The warning sign stating that certain death awaited those who passed should have been the first indication, and if that wasn't enough of a clue, perhaps the warning of Hellhounds and never being able to leave should have done it. The place needed a little work, but it seemed like a paradise. The old building harboured many secrets and, as Dean explores, he discovers a terrifying truth about his grandfather. A letter of confession suggests that he is a murderer, but there is more to the story. Their mother's father had a secret that explained everything; he was a Soul Collector, and there was more to the inn than any of them had first perceived. He left a heritage behind, for when one Collector dies an heir to this title will emerge, and it seems there are some who already have a successor in mind; they want Dean.
K.L. Farley writes WoodWings: Chapter One in the present tense, giving the impression that everything is occurring as the reader reads. It is an uncommon style these days, but one that can be used to great effect. Throughout the plot is a thread of humour, charm, and intrigue. It is well written for the targeted age range and K.L. Farley conjures a wonderful setting filled with magic and mystery. You'll certainly want to know what happens next as you explore the true 'gift' left behind by Dean's grandfather. The characters are interesting, and show growth and development, as would be expected. All in all, this is a fun and charming read that I wouldn't hesitate to read to my son when he's older.