Child of Nod by @ClaytonSnyder2

Child of Nod

(The Balance #1)

C.W. Snyder

Curiosity Quills Press
Published Nov. 7, 2017
274 pages
Genre — Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, fairy tales and myths, horror, DARK FANTASY

Warning: Not written for children or those who can’t handle gore, this book gets a little gruesome at times!


(Even Goodreads seemed to give too much away!)

Alice finds herself confused and alone in Nod, the land east of Eden, with only faint memories of how she got there, and quickly discovers that not only has she been murdered, she is still being hunted.

She meets fantastic characters, some famous from mythology, others from fairy tales, and others still from some unsettling corner of the author’s mind. Still, she and her new companion, Dog, who may or may not be mythologically significant, must find help. Just as there is a force after her, there seems to be another helping her along, but why?


I would hate to tell more than this about the story because it is such a delight as it unfolds. Even mentioning the well-known characters and fables the author twists into this novel might be spoiling it for you.

C.W. Snyder’s writing style is fantastic and his descriptions are excellent. The (often creepy) characters and landscapes are beautifully sketched out in the text, giving the reader an awesome view into the Neil Gaiman and Tim Burtonesque world. It’s almost a place I’d like to visit.

I love how many stories are melded and warped into this one, giving depth and a new perspective to all of them while making this unique story feel faintly recognizable. I even had to brush up on some things to fully appreciate the intricacies of the story and still think I’ll enjoy this more on my second read! (This does NOT give the author my permission to dawdle on book two!)

While I noticed most of the lower ratings on Goodreads were from people who didn’t finish reading it, most seemed to give up because they couldn’t understand what was going on or the book was darker than they expected. I didn’t think it was confusing or a hard read. I will say I wondered at times why we’re told so much about certain characters, because I thought they might drop off, but all of the stories elucidate who they are, what they do, and what they are willing to sacrifice. The book wouldn’t be the same without them.

Also, a novel that begins “Once upon a time, there was a girl who was dead” should give a pretty fair warning that it isn’t going to be sunshine and rainbows!

Did I mention how beautiful the cover is?


Highly Recommend!

Can’t wait for the next one!!!

Order Child of Nod (The Balance #1) from Amazon. Paperback or ebook versions available.

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You can find C.W. Snyder’s blog here or follow him on Twitter.

Thank you, NetGalley, C.W. Snyder, and Curiosity Quills Press for this ARC.

17 thoughts on “Child of Nod by @ClaytonSnyder2

  1. Quote:
    “I even had to brush up on some things to fully appreciate the intricacies of the story and still think I’ll enjoy this more on my second read!”

    You will! I actually reread this one before submitting my review, and found out I was enjoying it more. It’s so complex that one needs a little more time with it.

    It’s a bummer about the GR reviews, and you’re right – probably the few who didn’t like this one were expecting something else…either an Alice retelling or a children book…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Looking forward to that reread, for sure. I *might* wait until just before the second book is ready… We’ll see!

      I feel like those people should’ve said, “oops, not what I thought,” and left it at that instead of leaving sh*tty reviews. It’s truly unfair to the author to knock a book for that!

      Thank you for sharing. I really appreciate that!


  2. When I was little, I was always into innocent fairytales that ended with happily-ever-afters. As I grew up, I remained obsessed with fairytales, but more open to the darker side of fairy magic. Holly Black is one of my favorite authors of all time and she is known to twist fairies in dark and complex ways. I was also a fan of the Splintered series, which seems to be up the same alley as Child of Nod. I had never heard of this book until your review, but it is definitely on my TBR now! Thanks for the great review!

    Tessa @ Crazy for YA

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you! It’s an AWESOME read! I haven’t read anything by Holly Black but I loved the Spiderwick Chronicles movie so I’ll have to check her out. Any special recommendations on where to start?


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