Thursday, November 19, 2020

Review: Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. 

PublisherPage Street Kids
Release Date: June 23, 2020 
Pages: 400
Source: Audiobook 


Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.

And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.

Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for.

Danger lurks within the roots of Forest of Souls, an epic, unrelenting tale of destiny and sisterhood, perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Susan Dennard.
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Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something.

OPENING LINE: The earth is black with the night's rain--a perfect morning for shadows.


"Focus on the problems we have now. Not the ones you're adding in your head."

This is a DNF'd review so it is rather short. Maybe in the future, I will go into further depth, but I make no promises.

I want to start off by stating: I almost NEVER DNF books no matter how much it may be a good fit for me. But I was listening to FOREST OF SOULS on audiobook and . . .

I made it to around chapter 21 and could go on no longer. Nothing was happening. Or, rather, there was no real progression or connection of the plot and the character arc.

*spoilers ahead*

Sirscha is a soldier entrusted to keep the magical people of the kingdom but she's an outsider who is bullied by other soldiers and is also training to be an assassin then she discovers she has said special powers that make her an enemy of the very kingdom she swore to protect then she goes to a sentient forest that eats people *confusion* then ...? What is even the point of all of this? Like I don't see the connection, the way. It felt very episodic -- as if a whole bunch of interesting plot factors was thrown in the pot and the character was jumping from one to the next. There are too many things going on that just doesn't allow for connection to the character, their journey, or the premise of the story.

I really wanted to like it, I really did. Hopefully, you will have a better reading experience than I did if you decide to go ahead with FOREST OF SOULS.


Lori M. Lee is the author of SF/F novels and short stories. She's a unicorn admirer, part-time gamer, full-time dreamer, and loves writing about magic, manipulation, and family.

***Check out Lori M. Lee's website for more information about her and FOREST OF SOULSHERE

Happy Reading!



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