Forest of Souls
by Lori M. Lee
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Pub Date 23 Jun 2020 | Archive Date Not set
Page Street Publishing, Page Street YA
Danger lurks within the roots of Forest of Souls, an epic, unrelenting tale of destiny and sisterhood, perfect for fans of Naomi Novik, Susan Dennard, and Netflix's The Witcher!
"A tantalizing beginning to a rich new fantasy series.” —Traci Chee, NYT bestselling author of The Reader trilogy
"Absolutely enchanting.” – Natalie C. Parker, author of Seafire
"You won’t want to escape.” – Sarah Henning, author of the Sea Witch
"Will leave you shouting sisters unite!” – Mindee Arnett, author of Onyx & Ivory and Avalon
Sirscha 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 Saengo.
And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.
Unveiled 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.
“With magic as luminous as it is terrifying, Lori M. Lee weaves a vibrant tapestry of sisterhood, self-discovery, and the long legacies of battles between good and evil. Absolutely enchanting.” – Natalie C. Parker, author of Seafire
“Non-stop action, political intrigue, and dark magic are woven into this silky-yet-fast-paced daydream of a fantasy. Lori M. Lee casts the perfect web of unforgettable characters and an intriguing plot―you won’t want to escape.” – Sarah Henning, author of the Sea Witch & Sea Witch Rising
“Set in a vibrant new world that's as enchanting and ethereal as it is dangerous, Forest of Souls drew me in from the very first page and held me captive in its spell of magic, intrigue, and the bonds of friendship. It's perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir and Roshani Chokshi and will leave you shouting sisters unite!” – Mindee Arnett critically acclaimed author of Onyx & Ivory and Avalon
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Forest of Souls is a magical fantasy story about female friendships and finding the power within yourself. I especially enjoyed the rich world-building and strong characters.
The story is enchanting and beautifully written with a pretty intriguing magical system inspired by shamanism.
Sirscha is an amazing and powerful lead who becomes a royal spy despite her odds.
If you have a sweet spot for medieval times and Asia inspired fantasy worlds than this book will be your new favorite read in 2020.
I really loved this book! I hate that I read it so fast and now its over. This book was on the top of my reading list for the year and it did not disappoint. The plot was super interesting and I know the teens at my library will love this book. I will be purchasing this book for my libraries YA collection.