So shame of shame… it is my day to give my thoughts on this new book and once again, because the reading gods have not looked favorably upon me, I am not done.
I am about a third of the way through. DO NOT think that I haven’t finished because I don’t like it or don’t want to read it. DO NOT!
First to re-introduce you all to…
Forsyth Turn is not a hero. Lordling of Turn Hall and Lysse Chipping, yes. Spymaster for the king, certainly. But hero? That’s his older brother’s job, and Kintyre Turn is nothing if not legendary. However, when a raid on the kingdom’s worst criminal results in the rescue of a bafflingly blunt woman, oddly named and even more oddly mannered, Forsyth finds his quaint, sedentary life is turned on its head. Dragged reluctantly into a quest he never expected, and fighting villains that even his brother has never managed to best, Forsyth is forced to confront his own self-shame and the demons that come with always being second-best. And, more than that, when he finally realizes where Lucy came from and why she’s here, he’ll be forced to question not only his place in the world, but the very meaning of his own existence. Smartly crafted, The Untold Tale gives agency to the unlikeliest of heroes: the silenced, the marginalized, and the overlooked. It asks what it really means to be a fan when the worlds you love don’t resemble the world you live in, celebrates the power of the written word, challenges tropes, and shows us what happens when someone stands up and refuses to remain a secondary character in their own life.
I am a lover of fantasy. It was my first love as a reader. Other worlds will always win in my book. Always. So I am very excited about The Untold Tale.
We open with a map of the world Hain. Yes, please! I can’t wait to explore this place!
The book opens with this…
“The Sigil that Never Fades
The Quill that Never Dulls
The Cup that Never Runs Dry
The Parchment that Never Fills
The Blade that Never Fails
The Desk that Never Rots
The Spirit that Never Lies
With these tools our world was born,
And with them can be broken.
Or born again.” ~ J. M. Frey
Hello. I’m with you.
The story begins with a mystery and a bit of magic. The book starts perfectly for me. It intrigues me as well as lets me get to know the characters, get to know the world, and enjoy it. J.M. Frey gives me the chance to sink in and doesn’t throw me in.
Written beautifully in first person present tense, I was immediately drawn in. I know some people don’t like that first person thing, but I happen to love it.
Forsyth Turn… What a great character! I like him. An uncertain guy, yet has this almost alter-ego. I can’t wait to see him grow and change and BECOME. I know he will.
Lucy Piper… or Pip. I love her! So much mystery about her. The way she talks and acts screams of here and now, but there she is on Hain. She’s survived torture to keep her secrets, ones I can’t wait to learn.
Sheriff Pointe… Have to love him. Every one needs someone who believes in him.
I love the relationship developing between Forsyth and Pip. Feels so real. How he is attracted to her, but won’t allow himself to act. He’s not good enough. I relate to this!
And Kintyre Turn… the big brother, the hero. The guy I just want to hit. Cocky and uncaring. I’m sure he’ll have a part in Forsyth’s growth.
Even though I have just dipped my toe in the water of this world, I love it. The writing brings it to life. I am being carefully woven into the place with the language and people. And I am eager to see more of the world…because there was a map and I want to go every where and solve all the mysteries, or as many as I am shown for this is a book one!
Thank you, J. M. Frey… I MUST FIND MORE READING TIME!
Toronto-based J.M Frey (pronounced “fry”) is a science fiction and fantasy author, as well as a fanthropologist and pop culture scholar who appears in podcasts, documentaries, and on television to discuss all things geeky through the lens of academia. Her debut novel TRIPTYCH has been nominated for two Lambda Literary Awards, won the San Francisco Book Festival award for SF/F, was nominated for a 2011 CBC Bookie, was named one of The Advocate’s Best Overlooked Books of 2011, and garnered both a starred review and a place among the Best Books of 2011 from Publishers Weekly.