The Untold Tale by J.M. Frey


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.

Is it just me, or is there something impossible to resist about this cover? As soon as I saw The Untold Tale on NetGalley, I knew this was a book I’d want to read, and thankfully, the story inside did not disappoint. Though with a character named Forsyth in the center of the action, how could it?

The Untold Tale is a story of an unlikely heroes that beautifully weaves together many familiar narrative elements to create something new and truly wonderful. Early on we learn that the main character is in fact a side character in someone else’s story. How great is that?

I also can’t ignore how diverse the cast of characters in this story were, both in background and personality. Each of the central characters came alive for me early on and many (but not all) were people I could easily see myself becoming friends with. The main character, or at least point of view character, is Forsyth, but believe me when I say you’ll find yourself falling in love with new characters again and again as you read this story.

A must read for… well, anyone who loves books!


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