Willa of Dark Hollow (Willa of the Wood, 2)Featured
Willa and her clan are the last of the Faeran, an ancient race of forest people who have lived in the Great Smoky Mountains for as long as the trees have grown there. But as crews of newly arrived humans start cutting down great swaths of the forest she loves, she is helpless to stop them. How can she fight the destroyers of the forest and their powerful machines?
When Willa discovers a mysterious dark hollow filled with strange and beautiful creatures, she comes to realize that it contains a terrifying force that seems to be hunting humans. Is unleashing these dangerous spirits the key to stopping the loggers? Willa must find a way to save the people and animals she loves and take a stand against a consuming darkness that threatens to destroy her world.
Filled with a compelling mixture of history, mystery, and magic, Robert Beatty's books are loved by readers from 8 to 108.
Willa is left needing to find proof of her adoptive father’s innocence when loggers are found dead. She is also the last hope for the forest in stopping the destruction and the evil that lurks. She gets help along the way from her animal friends and her family. There is an exciting reveal that eases some of the grief that Willa had in the first book. There are also times that Willa has to face the consequences of decisions she has made and atone for them the best she can. There is a realization there that not everything can be perfect and she has to move past what can’t be changed about the past to face what she can change about the future.
Final Verdict: This was a great second installment of the Willa of the Wood series. I liked that even in the darkest of times, there is family and friends to help. I found the ending to be unexpected, but my nine-year-old assures me that it ended exactly how he thought it would. Willa solves many of the issues that seemed overwhelming as the plot unfolded and I like the newfound maturity she acquires from her experiences.