After years spent in Wonderland, Alice Reeve learned the impossible was quite possible after all. She thought she left such fantastical realities behind when she finally returned to England.
Now Alice has become a member of the clandestine Collectors’ Society, and the impossible has found her again in the form of an elusive villain set on erasing entire worlds. As she and the rest of the Society race to bring this mysterious murderer to justice, the fight becomes painfully personal.
Lives are being lost. Loved ones are shattered or irrevocably altered. Each step closer Alice gets to the shadowy man she hunts, the more secrets she unravels, only to reveal chilling truths. If she wants to win this war and save millions of lives, Alice must once more embrace the impossible and make the unimaginable, imaginable.
Sometimes, the rabbit hole leads to terrifying places.
*** I received an ARC copy of The Forgotten Mountain from Heather Lyons via InkSlinger PR for an honest review.***
As the primary behind Evermore Books, I am charged with assigning reviews, per each reviewers preferred genre and time available. When The Forgotten Mountain crossed my path, I was so intrigued by the blurb, I kept it for myself. Normally, we would have passed on a third installment when the first two had not yet been read, but I gave it a shot.
Although some of the past was hard to grasp and follow, Ms. Lyons did a good job on making me feel that I could infer what had happened in the first two installments. I mean where else will literary figures become heros and villans and be able to travel through time, by writing themselves into a book from a specific time period.
Alice is banished from Wonderland and has fallen in love, true love (and yes, I can hear the ogre from The Princess Bride saying those words as I write), with none other than Finn. Oh, that is Huckleberry Finn, by the way.
While I am glad that Alice has gone from the simple girl in Disney’s version of the iconic story, to a bad-ass fighting Queen who is not late for an important date, but rather just in time to save her lover from certain death at the hands of the one and only Pied Piper, I wanted more. I also had to fight the urge to shudder, at each and every mention of Grymsdyke, Alice’s assassin spider (healthy shudder here). Yes, I am majorly, afraid of spiders. The damn thing would only have to show itself and I would have died from cardiac arrest, let alone a bite from it’s horrific fangs. Grymsdyke aside, the secondary characters of Victor Frankenstein, son of THE doctor, Mary, Marianne, Wendy and Brom Van Brunt helpt to make this fantastical adventure one worth taking.
Without giving away major spoilers, Ms. Lyons has woven a tale of intrigue, true love (yep heard it again) and took me along for the ride, so that I not only want to read the first two installments, but wonder why she has not been scooped up by a publishing house. The story is unique and has twists and turns throughout the entire book. My only regret is there is yet another cliffhanger at the end, and I wish it had been a full manuscript.
The van door behind us slides shut. A click signals Marianne’s adherence to my wishes, and then we three descend upon the front door, the crunch of dead leaves and twigs beneath our feet cutting through the uneasy silence the gloom sunrise has brought. In a surprising show of gentlemanly manners, the A.D. moves to open the door. When the handle does not depress, a half smile curves his lips. “It’s locked. But no worries. I can have it picked open in no time.”
“There is no need.”
Darkish-blonde brows scrunch together. “But—”
“Stand to the side, please.”
When he fails to move at my thinly veiled order, Mary not so gently yanks our companion away.
The door before us is thick. The handle is ornate. It is a beautiful door, no doubt chosen specifically to adorn a building as fine as Bücherei. It takes me three strong, measured swings of my war hammer against the handle and its surrounding area to break it apart and permanently scar its beauty. Picking a lock is kind, respectful even. A picked lock can be relocked. I do not wish this door to close behind me. I do not wish to be respectful of Bücherei.
The time for genteel manners is gone.
The A.D. is in danger of catching flies with his mouth as he ogles the door’s remnants. For someone who professes to be so clever, he certainly underestimates ladies far too often.
Stale darkness, oppressive and opaque all at once, looms before us. I am unafraid, though. I am not even taken aback. I believe in the impossible, after all. I have seen, lived the impossible.
I step past the wreckage into the house.
THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY
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About Heather Lyons:
Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.
Author Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/heatherlyons
THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22735431-the-collectors-society
THE HIDDEN LIBRARYGoodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24017512-the-hidden-library
THE FORGOTTEN MOUNTAIN Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25392947-the-forgotten-mountain