Book Reviews

Lost and Found: Forester Triad Act Two (Tales of the Forest 2) by Blaine D. Arden at Cayendi Press

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Magic / Elves/Fairies/Sidhe / Menage MMM / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 02-November-2016

Book Blurb

"The Guide mentioned puddles, but I envisioned lakes, deep treacherous lakes, and I was drowning."


One turn has passed, another Solstice is just around the corner, and having an illicit affair with not one but two lovers—smith Ianys and shunned forester Taruif—is taking its toll on truth seeker Kelnaht.

A stripling has gone missing from the tribe, and heavy rainfall hides all traces of his whereabouts. With days creeping by without a lead, it's hard to keep the tribe's spirits up, more so when Kelnaht's own future depends on the elders. Taruif has been shunned for almost twenty turns, but now that a possible forester's apprentice is coming of age, the elders consider reducing his sentence. Taruif could be set free.

In gaining one lover, Kelnaht may lose another. Ianys seems to be pulling away from them both. He doesn't want to hinder Taruif's happiness while an old promise keeps Ianys from loving Kelnaht openly. But Taruif needs Kelnaht and Ianys' support more than ever. If they lose faith in each other, the puddles in their paths will swallow them all.

 

Book Review

This second volume, or act, of the Forester trilogy picks up the story about a year after the first one ended. There are two subplots woven through this tale, and one is as interesting as the other. First, there is the relationship between truth seeker Kelnaht, smith Ianys, and the currently still shunned forester Taruif. But there is also the mystery of a vanished youngster that challenges Kelnaht’s talents as a truth seeker and turns out to be linked to the potential reduction in Taruif’s sentence.

Kelnaht is not happy having to hide the fact that he has two lovers. Taruif is still officially shunned, but chances that his sentence will be reduced are good. Ianys is off limits because his deceased ex-wife expressly forbade any deeper contact between him and Kelnaht. Meanwhile Kelnaht has to figure out what happened to the youngling who seems to have wandered off, except when he is still missing a week later, the situation is beginning to look more serious.
 
I enjoyed Kelnaht employing his magical talents to find tracks, decipher evidence, and interrogate suspects. Kelnaht’s apprentice turns out to be more and more capable, and the hunt for the missing boy uncovers all kinds of additional plots and plans. But the key part of the book for me was the three elves struggling with the various restrictions placed on their union – none of them what a human would “expect” – and that made this story delightfully otherworldly.

If you like the elves of the Forester trilogy with all their “rules and regulations” about what is allowed and what is off limits, if you want to see how the complicated three-way relationship between Kelnaht, Taruif and Ianys progresses, and if you’re looking for a read that is suspenseful, revealing, and filled with magic, then you will probably like this novella. I definitely look forward to the final act!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 105 pages/35000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-August-2016
Price $2.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Found-Forester-Triad-Forest-ebook/dp/B01JORFQGC