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A Polish Folklore inspired Fantasy Novel

Happy release day!

5 Reasons to read this one:

  • She accepts to live in his manor for one year in exchange to get rid of her magic

  • Her curiosity makes her learn more than he wants to reveal

  • I have a feeling he can't stay away from her for long

  • Religion vs Pagan

  • Beauty and the Beast and Howl's Moving Castle vibes.

  • I must know how it ends, after that garden scene, confess it, so must you.

My current read.

What a fun one. I know this is a 5 stars for me. As a European, I love the vibe and mood of this novel with the religious vs pagan perspective, so many times in small towns people still go with possessed and exorcism to justify a deviant behavior. The characters are fun and once you hit that scene of the you-can-wish-for-anything-but-you-pick-cabbages... enjoy-your-cabages you won't stop reading it.

The cover is just gorgeous.

Book Info:

Where the Dark Stands Still by A.B. Poranek

Genre: Young Adult Gothic Fantasy

Publishing Date: February 27, 2024

Thank you

@tbrbeyondtours for having me on this book tour.


Raised in a small village near the spirit-wood, Liska Radost knows that Magic is monstrous, and its practitioners, monsters. After Liska unleashes her own powers with devastating consequences, she is caught by the demon warden of the wood – the Leszy – who offers her a bargain: one year of servitude in exchange for a wish.

Whisked away to his crumbling manor, Liska soon discovers the sinister roots of their bargain. And if she wants to survive the year and return home, she must unravel her host’s spool of secrets and face the ghosts of his past.

Those who enter the wood do not always return…

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About the Author:

A. B. Poranek grew up in Ontario, Canada but spent her summers in the Polish countryside, raiding her grandfather’s library and helping care for his chickens. Her love of animals led her to pursue a degree in Veterinary Medicine, though she never stopped writing along the way. She now lives in Versailles, France, where she spends her free time doodling and wrangling her void demon (read: cat), Neptune.


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