The Forest Grimm (Hardcover)
A spellbinding romantasy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathryn Purdie, where fairy tales come to life with dark, deadly twists.
"Tell me again, Grandmère, the story of how I die."
The Midnight Forest. The Fanged Creature. Two fortune-telling cards that spell an untimely death for 17-year-old Clara. Despite the ever-present warning from her fortune-teller grandmother, Clara embarks on a dangerous journey into the deadly Forest Grimm to procure a magical book—Sortes Fortunae, the Book of Fortunes—with the power to reverse the curse on her village and save her mother.
Years ago, when the villagers whispered their deepest desires to the book, its pages revealed how to obtain them. All was well until someone used the book for an evil purpose—to kill another person. Afterward, the branches of the Forest Grimm snatched the book away, the well water in Grimm’s Hollow turned rancid, and the crops died from disease. The villagers tried to make amends with the forest, but every time someone crossed its border, they never returned.
Now, left with no alternative, Clara and her close friend, Axel—who is fated never to be with her—have set their minds to defying fate and daring to accomplish what no one else has been able to before. But the forest—alive with dark, deadly twists on some of our most well-known fairy tales—has a mind of its own.
About the Author
KATHRYN PURDIE is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Burning Glass series and the Bone Crier's Moon duology. Trained in classical acting, she studied in England and met her husband when they were cast opposite each other in a Shakespeare play. They now live in Utah with their children and a tiny dog. Kathryn also writes songs on her guitar for each of her stories and shares them on her website.
Praise for The Forest Grimm:
Book Riot, "Summer 2023 YA Books to Add to Your TBR"
The Nerd Daily, "Get Your Hands On These Anticipated July To December 2023 Book Releases"
"The Forest Grimm is a delicious combination of sinister and sweet." - Paste, "The Best New YA of September 2023"
"Purdie blends a variety of Grimm’s fairy tales—including “Cinderella,” “Rapunzel,” and “Hansel and Gretel”—into a sumptuous tale of love and survival in this beguiling journey." - Publishers Weekly
"A satisfying story that pays homage to the dark narrative arcs of traditional fairy tales." - Kirkus
"Clever mixing-and-matching of stories such as Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood provide a solid foundation for romance and some Grimm-inspired flashes of horror." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Purdie pulls from many original fairy tales to create this twisty yet enchanting romantasy." - School Library Journal
"I’ve covered a handful of fairy tale retellings over the years, but I’ve never come across one quite like Kathryn Purdie’s The Forest Grimm...my favorite new release of 2023....I always say the best books are the ones that sneak up on you and exceed any and all expectations, and The Forest Grimm meets that standard and then some." - Twin Cities Geek
"If you like YA fantasy with a hint of survival and twists, pick up Katheryn Purdie’s The Forest Grimm. Especially if you enjoy fractured fairy-tales!" - In Between Drafts, "The Best New Books of September"
"Recommend to readers likely to appreciate scary scenes balanced by a sweet, sensual romance and a happy ending." - Booklist
"Kathryn Purdie has bewitched us with another absolutely gorgeous read. Her prose is lovely, evocative, and snaring, and the gripping story of danger enraptures both heart and mind. She takes well-known fairy tales and puts clever, dark twists to them, all amid a real and enchanting setting. I'll go mad waiting for the sequel!" —Charlie N. Holmberg, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Spellbreaker and The Paper Magician
"With an immersive world and rich magic, Kathryn Purdie has written a story that will change everything you thought you knew about fairy tales. Prepare to enter the Forest Grimm—and never leave." —Tricia Levenseller, New York Times bestselling author of Blade of Secrets
"Fast-paced and romantic, Kathryn Purdie lured me into a thrilling world where familiar fairytales are turned inside out and nothing is at seems. Once I entered the dark heart of the Forest Grimm, I never wanted to leave.” —Mara Rutherford, author of The Poison Season
“Within its first lines, The Forest Grimm promises an adventure with a clever trail of breadcrumbs to guide you. A brave and resolute heroine, an enchanted forest rooted in danger, and a slow-burning friends-to-lovers romance…Kathryn Purdie has written a luminous fairytale, sharp as teeth and full of heart. I devoured every word of this magical tale.” —Rebecca Ross, internationally bestselling author of Divine Rivals