The Butcher of the Forest – coming out Feb 27 2024 from Tordotcom​

At the northern edge of a land ruled by a merciless, foreign tyrant lies a wild, forbidden forest ruled by powerful magic.

Veris Thorn—the only one to ever enter the forest and survive—is forced to go back inside to retrieve the missing children of the Tyrant. Inside await traps and trickery, ancient monsters, and hauntings of a painful past.

One day is all Veris is afforded. One misstep will cost everything.

Cover illustration and design: Andrew Davis


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  • "Mixes fairytale and horror elements to create a lush world that feels entirely new... its brisk length lends its story a propulsive, inevitable feel, and readers will fly through its pages." - Paste Magazine
  • "Mohamed paints a bleak and believable landscape through her deftly defined characters, demonstrating an exacting command of language, imagery, and pacing." - On Spec Magazine
  • "Written with the deft hands of a master, this is a tale for anyone who loves an ancient cursed forest (including us, Team Premee), a take-no-shit protagonist (also us), and exciting, inventive magic (you guessed it—we love that shit)." - Reactor Magazine ​
  • "Heart-breaking and fear-striking, this book will catch you up in its claws and wring you out, all in the best possible way!" - The Library Ladies ​
  • "Mohamed's prose makes an excellent job building the forest and its lands, transmitting the sensation of dread and touches of cosmic horror that accompanies Elmever... trauma and grief are explored in masterful ways; slowly unraveling the truth behind the facades." - Jam Reads ​