Series: The Collectors' Society #3
Published by Self-Published on 6/25/15
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
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.
This third installment in The Collectors’ Society took me on a wild ride, through great adventures that made my heart and mind sing, and left me in a state of confusion and anxiety that I’m sure I’ll have little hair left from tugging if I don’t get the final book ASAP!
The Forgotten Mountain picked up right where The Hidden Library ended – with the Society in shambles after it was infiltrated by an unlikely villain. I was out of my mind with worry because my favorites were left in perilous situations, with their survival unsure. In the beginning of TFM some questions were answered but I still had to watch, with my heart clogging my throat, as Alice went on a vengeful path to rescue those she loved.
Can I say how much I love Alice? I LOVE ALICE. This series is loads of fun for me because it’s fantasy and adventure at its best and I love being taken to new worlds and experiencing the wonder of Heather Lyon’s imagination, but more than anything, I love this character she’s created. Strong, unyielding, fierce, vulnerable, and true, this Alice is a character that I’d love for my kids to model. She’s a total badass and I loved that she’s the savior in most situations. Her strength is multifaceted though, because she’s only strong because of her weaknesses, because of her pain. I could go on and on about how much I love that woman, but no one would want that.
The Forgotten Mountain followed Alice, Finn, and the other members of The Collectors’ Society as they chased answers and hunted down some truly heinous characters. This series might be about storybook characters, but these aren’t the palatable versions created by Disney. The scholar and nerd in me thoroughly enjoyed learning about these ancient tales and their true origins, as heartbreaking and gorey as it became sometimes. Each new character introduced was enchanting and memorable.
Fans of romance will really enjoy Alice and Finn’s love story; there’s truly is a fairy tale. Once again I swooned because I loved seeing their partnership, – the mutual respect that they feel for one another – as well as the heart melting, romantic moments they share. Their love was tested multiple times, and watching them endure these hardships was heartbreaking but still heart warming, because they gave me hope as only a fairy tale can. Each test made their bond stronger and solidified them as one of my favorite couples.
Be warned though, because this is the next to last book in a series and we all know that those always always end with an epic cliffy. This one didn’t disappoint. I read the last two chapters with my mouth hanging open, my eyes in denial about what I was reading. “No way did that just happen!” I screamed. But it did, and it sucked. But it was amazing, and now I’ll wait impatiently for any word of the next book because I can’t wait to find out how this one ends. I love this series!