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The Forgotten Mountain (The Collectors' Society Book 3) Kindle Edition
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If you love books, adventure, mystery, magic and a bit of madness, this is for you. It has heroic heroes, villainous villains and of course a healthy mix of romance and action.
I laughed and cried. Believe me when you finish The Forgotten Mountain you will want the next book. I need it already.
As always Thank you Heather for your wonderful characters and your fantastic story, you are truly a genius. I don't think I will be able to see any of these characters in the same light again.
Following the major cliffhanger at the end of The Hidden Library I cannot tell you how desperate I was for this book. Heather does a fantastic job of recapping the previous events to refresh the memory within the first few chapters. The action is high-octane all the way through while simultaneously pulling all the plot threads together.
As soon as one puzzle piece is solved another takes its place making the storyline equally tantalising and tormenting. There are constant revelations surrounding some of the major players within The Collectors Society; I have to say I am in utter awe of how Heather Lyon's mind works, twisting the numerous tales into the narrative ingeniously.
I adore how the narrative showed clearly that no two readers will take away the same thing when they read the same book (you get what I mean RIGHT?)
I have to mention the beautiful vocabulary used within this series, it is a joy to read and adds to the imagery evoked.
With each book in this series I fall deeper in love with the characters especially Finn, Alice and Jace.Read more ›
Alice's partner/ lover/ best- mate Finn has gone missing, her wrath knows no bounds as she tears through the lies of the enemies. In this book, Alice, Mary and A.D works hard to find their missing comrades, No stone left unturned, no enemies left standing. This version of Alice is the one that I like most, because for once, a girl is not afraid to get her hands dirty to keep the ones she loves.
While some might find her bloodthirstiness (and her guard spider) a bit hard to swallow, but I like heroines that are not afraid to show their darker side, or their determination to destroy everything until she gets her way, sort of like an anti- hero, because she never called herself a hero anyway.
Halfway through the story Alice finds what she is looking for, or part of it anyway. New allies, new mission and together with Mary her unlikely partner, they managed to find new answers to the question of: Who is Gabe Lygari...
So this plot is rapidly turning into a messy situation where readers have more questions and answers: who is the enemy? Is the Librarian good or bad? Who might turn up in book four,my bet is someone nasty, as more villains are turning up where they are not supposed to be.
Will Alice get her happy ending?
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At the end of the last book, Alice and Mary Lennox (of The Secret Garden) are on the hunt for their loves: Finn (of Huckleberry Finn) and Victor (son of Dr. Frankenstein), adopted brothers who may have perished when the book world in which they hunted known killer Sweeney Todd was destroyed. Against all odds, Alice believes Finn to be alive; she has lost love before, and regained it with Finn. She will stop at nothing to find him, and, if that means breaking and entering, well, she luckily has renowned thief The Artful Dodger on her side.
Unfortunately, finding Finn doesn't bring her much relief--because he's been enchanted and will likely die if she cannot find the 13th Wise Woman, from Grimm's Fairytales, to undo the curse. This entire series is an incredibly creative literary enterprise. I adore Alice, who is single-minded of purpose, and a great heroine. Now an exiled queen, she's all grown up from her first trip to Wonderland, and her loved-and-lost story is all the more powerful because she chose political peace over personal comfort. She tells the bulk of this story, and her pain and courage is plain.
The main objective of all Alice's travels is to locate Gabe Pfeffer, or Lygari, or his much older name, The Pied Piper. Trouble is, there's trouble every step of the way. Like most of the Brothers Grimm's works, this is not a light-hearted fable. Nope, it's a dark tale that includes vengeance, lies, enchantment and a teeny bit of sexytimes. I'm kinda frustrated by the end...because I MUST know what happens next, and, alas, it's a kicker cliffhanger, IMHO. I don't want to spoil the book, so I'm ending this review here. If you think you'll like creative literary fantasy with a vengeful queen who will do absolutely anything to save her prince, this book is for you.
The Forgotten Mountain picks up right where the Hidden Library left off, with that awful ending. Because of what is going on with my poor Finn, a lot of this book is told through Alice’s point of view. I really do love Alice. She is so strong and loyal and sharp. I love her ability to see through everything and read people so well. And I love that we still get words of advice from the catepillar. Heather Lyons has such a way with words, everytime I see her talk about someone from wonderful, I feel like I am reading Lewis Carroll himself. She has captured the essence of the books in her timelines so well, all the while putting her own crazy spin on them. In the Forgotten Mountain we get to see some Grimm Brother tales and their time lines. Creepy places, they are. Think the Brother’s Grimm movie with Matt Damon, and not the Disney version of the tales.
I was so proud of myself for calling one of the villians in this book, but that one thing (lygari) was the only thing I seemed to get right. Heather Lyons continues to surprise and delight me with her masterful writing and story telling. I am so in awe of Heather and her writing. I read The Forgotten Mountain with wide eyes and dropped jaw, bouncing on the edge of my seat the whole time. The characters all hold a place in my heart, some I hate, some I love, and some totally creep me out, but everyone in this very large cast of characters are so distinct that they stay with me long after I put this book down.
Heather is the best at weaving different characters, clues, and minor plot points that come into play later. I just love reading her books, even when she does things that make me want to cry. Her writing is so exciting and emotional. I want to live inside this series. I just love it so much. Everyone needs to read these books. If you are looking for a fantasy series, an action series, a series for lovers of classic literature, a romance, or just a series that is original and so well done- you are looking at the Collectors’ Society Series! It is all of those things and so much more. The ending of this book completely wrecked me. I need the next book now. I cannot say it enough, this is one of my all time favorite series. Read this series! If you haven’t you are doing yourself a disservice.
*Disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.
I do not play by his rules. I play by mine and mine alone.
Ms. Lyons definitely keeps this series refreshing with her knowledge of literature. She is able to seamlessly blend classic literature with unique twists and turns at every corner. I learned more about fairy tales reading this book than I ever did as a child. There are also interesting new characters introduced in this installment that only add to the rich storyline. The A.D. has been present in the other books, but he takes on a more prominent role as he assists Alice. I found him to be so intriguing and can’t wait to see more of him in the next book. My adoration for Mary only grows, as does my suspicion of The Librarian. This is the most unique cast of characters in any Fantasy Series I’ve read.
I refuse to allow such an ending to this fairy tale, or my own. I cannot fail in this quest. None of us can.
I thought nothing could top the ending of THL. Sadly, I was wrong because this one is a doozie! I never could have predicted what happened and weeks later still cannot truly understand its full meaning. I will definitely be on pins and needles until the fourth and final installment. I have complete faith in Alice to be the Queen she is meant to be.
“She is my fairytale come to life.”
If you are looking for a unique and action filled series, I can’t recommend The Collectors’ Society enough!
“But time is not always a generous mistress. Time allows slow changes, the warping of beliefs based upon observations both common and uncommon.”
Heather Lyons once again takes beloved characters of stories past and adds her own spin to them while still maintaining a level of authenticity. The highlight for me though was getting to really see a different side of all her characters in the third book. With the fates of their men unknown, Alice and Mary really have to become even stronger than readers have previously experienced. Though we saw pieces and knew Alice's inclinations, it shone so much more prominently in The Forgotten Mountain. If you're a fan of Alice, I have no doubts you will love her more by novel's end! While I had appreciated all the characters in the first two books, different attributions appear and relationships are formed, that made me adore them even more.
“Make no mistake about it: we are at war. We fight not only for ourselves, but for those who will never meet us, who will never know our names. I am asking much of you all. When you joined the Collectors’ Society, you probably could not fathom that someday you would be asked to put your life on the line for those you will never know.”
As we're brought further into the mystery of what has happened, I find myself yearning more and more to never escape this adult fantasy series. The Forgotten Mountain is action-packed with equal parts of suspense and romance. Lyons enchants in both an exciting and nostalgic manner. Once you pick it up, prepare to lose several hours of time because the last thing you'll want to do is put it down.
“Madness – that old, dear friend of mine – has come home for a visit. And I welcome its return with open arms.”
I have been so strongly pulled into this fantasy world that Heather Lyons has created. The characters are nefarious and complicated, mysterious and nostalgic. The crossover between stories readers have come to love is absolute brilliance. Not to mention, the writing style of Lyons is unpredictable and mesmerizing. What she has done is so inventive and works perfectly for the ideas she spins with these personalities. If you haven’t started this series yet, you are seriously missing it out. The Forgotten Mountain is the best yet, and I have no doubt that the series will go out with a bang in the next book!
We join Alice just after the chaos and insanity that was the ending of The Hidden Library. What has become of everyone? Who is injured? What happened?! Thankfully Alice takes us on a journey like no other.
I find it almost impossible to to give a review without a shred of a spoiler so I will just say, fans of this series will be in awe. Fans of an epic and beautiful love story will be in awe. Fans of adventure and mystery will be in awe. In essence, the reader will be in awe. 5,000 stars is not enough.
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