Forest of Souls

Forest of SoulsDanger Lurks Within The Roots Of Forest Of Souls, An Epic, Unrelenting Tale Of Destiny And Sisterhood, Perfect For Fans Of Naomi Novik And Susan DennardSirscha 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 SaengoAnd Then Sirscha, Somehow, Restores Saengo To LifeUnveiled 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 To request an ARC, please fill out this form request via NetGalley first line of this book The earth is black with last night s rain a perfect morning for shadows Thematically, Forest of Souls is about fighting to belong against every effort to push you out It s about loyalty driven by insecurity and searching for self worth It s about unconditional female friendship It s also about a spy in training whose chosen path is upended, landing her under the scrutiny of a Spider King.This isn t an Asian fantasy, according to my own definitions it might be, according to yours, and that s okay But it is Asians in fantasy It s a mishmash of my favorite western fantasy tropes alongside bits of my own cultural influences and a magical system inspired by Hmong shamanism.When I began writing this as a NaNoWriMo ms way back in 2014, I didn t realize then that it would become the sort of book I needed growing up as part of the Asian diaspora Even as I fell in love with the medieval ish fantasy genre, I felt painfully excluded from it So this book features Asian coded characters being warriors and shamans, queens and mentors, villains and friends, all within a secondary world fantasy.I can t wait for you to read it Artist artoflore_ on Instagram someone yeet me into 2020 so I can land at the feet of this book and its flawless cover Why does every book in 2020 seem to have gorgeous cover This year I think I m broke already but next year, I bet I m gonna go bankrupt. Enchanting world building, non stop action, political intrigue, and dark magic are woven into the silky yet fast paced daydream of a fantasy that is FOREST OF SOULS Using shadows and light, Lori M Lee casts the perfect web of unforgettable characters and an intriguing plot you won t want to escape. Epic and exciting Don t miss this one I normally don t prefer people on book covers, but she looks like she could kill me so all i have to say is charlie bowater is really doing it for us Ooo I must say a lot of my TBR YA books have been impressing me with their covers lately This cover is EVERYTHING Sirscha Ashwyn is an orphan intent on acquiring prestige and power by becoming the Queen s Shadow, who operates as the Queen s advisor and spy Sirscha is a soldier in the Queen s Company, which is described as a military finishing school She has also already been tapped to train in secret with the current Shadow, raising her hopes that she ll be officially named the Shadow s apprentice any day now But a routine trip to take criminals to the prison camp goes horribly awry, and her best friend Saengo is fatally wounded during the fight Or so Sirscha thinks She awakens to find Saengo very much alive, healed by Sirscha s newfound magical powers The only problem is that those with magic the shamanborn are outlawed in her country There is nowhere to flee except into the Dead Wood, which separates the three kingdoms, and the trees of the Dead Wood are, well, deadly This is an awesome fantasy, filled with political intrigue, nonstop action, kingdoms on the brink of war, and a very, very, creepy forest I loved the rich and detailed world building, from the different species of drakonys large bipedal lizards that you can ride like horses to the various types of magical abilities, to the forest OMG, the FOREST Did I mention it was super creepy, but in the best possible way There is a dark mystery behind the Dead Wood why it kills and why it s spreading and only someone with Sirscha s magical powers can figure it out Sirscha is headstrong, impulsive, and a badass with dual swords, but she s also compassionate towards others and devoted to Saengo There was some fun verbal jousting with a prince that bordered on flirting, but that s the only romance in the book Maybe it will develop in the next book, which would be interesting.The only thing I didn t love about this book is that it ends on a cliffhanger, and waiting another year for the next book will be torture I received an e ARC from the author for an honest review.