"I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone
that liked the Chronicles of Narnia or Redwall."
Flora Bateman, reviewer

A Fight for Freedom that
Draws All Warriors!

The death of the foxes' ruling oracle, Scythe, bodes ill for the Wraith Mice around Darkwoods and their allies near and far. With the change in leadership, all sides know their uncertain relationship with the foxes will, too soon, erupt into a vicious war. Possessing the ability to melt into the darkness and renowned in warfare, the Wraith Mice rally the squirrel tribes, Ranger Mice, and others to defend their territory—and their very lives.

A young one among them, Princess Zuryzel understands the gravity of the situation and rises fearlessly to the challenges of the ruthless invaders. Possessing the traits of a natural leader and wise beyond her years, Zuryzel knows she must follow the difficult path before her. But can she overcome the challenges in time to defeat the hated foxes?

"The first book in an
exciting new epic fantasy series
for preteens and teens!"


Stahlfeld skillfully weaves romance, intrigue, and intense action into this epic tale, the first in a continuing saga, of the creatures of Darkwoods and beyond. With a nod to life as it truly is, Stahlfeld presents characters of complexity—each with weaknesses as well as strengths—and a story of constantly shifting "certainties." More than a battle of good against evil, Darkwoods challenges the reader to discover the truth. Who can be trusted? Are all foxes, indeed, dastardly creatures? Who is the spy within the Wraith Mice's midst? And, ultimately, can good ever win?

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I love this book! It's full of adventure
and risks. Once I started to read it,
I couldn't put it down!

Jenny, age 12


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