Review: The Forgotten Mountain by Heather Lyons

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Title: The Forgotten Mountain 
Author: Heather Lyons 
Series: The Collectors' Society #3 
Genre: Fantasy, NA 
Publication date: June 25, 2015 
Rating: ★★★★ 

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.

It really pains me to give this book only four stars. I desperately wanted to give it five, but despite my undying love for this world and these characters there were just some parts my mind couldn’t get over. Don’t be afraid though, it’s not getting boring or anything. In many ways this book is just as good as the first one. I guess this is just a typical case of it’s not you, it’s me.

Vengeance, the Caterpillar once told me, can be a delicious and fulfilling meal. Be certain it is what you want to eat, though, because as it travels through your body, it will seep into every last part of you. Your stomach may hurt afterward; you may even want to purge the contents. And yet, even if you can, traces of it will always remain. – I am ready to eat that meal now.

Am I terrible for loving a justified quest for vengeance? Because I do. God, I wanted to avenge Finn as much as Alice wanted it. Especially after that impossible cliffhanger the last book ended in. We had no idea if he was okay, hell if he was even alive. Just that it was looking really bad. I love how badass Alice remains. She may not have been in Wonderland for a while now, but she’s still the Queen of Diamonds. Tough, powerful and unyielding. She’s so focused on finding Finn even when everyone’s telling her there’s no point to it. I love how she won’t give up on him, not caring if she has to tear down everything and everyone on her path to do so.

Madness—that old, dear friend of mine—has come home for a visit. And I welcome its return with open arms.

This time I liked the side characters even more. I loved meeting Sara for instance. Not because she was such a great, loveable character, but because once again she made a great addition to the story. It was really interesting to get to know Finn’s former partner, especially because so many people had such strong opinions on her. And of course she was nothing like one would have imagined her to be. But she was new. There were some other characters we just got to know a whole lot better in this third instalment. The A.D. for instance. I’ve always found him great, but there was never much depth to him before. Now we slowly started getting to know the real Jack and I started appreciating him a great deal more. He was funny yes, but he also proved himself truly loyal and reliable – which the other characters appreciated, although they would probably never admit to it.

You called me Jack again. It’s like the third time in as many days.

Same goes for Victor and Mary. We’ve always known them, but we get to know them differently this time around. Almost losing each other has changed something within their relationship. They’ve grown closer, more open. Mary pats his cheeks, they brush each other’s arms, they hug… They’ve never done that before when others were around and I love how this means that they’re finally ready to take things to a different level. Or so I hope, obviously.

The brave come in many shapes and sizes.

So the characters were as brilliant as ever, the world will always be endlessly fascinating, and the writing was as good as before. I guess it’s the whole fairy tale thing that was the deal breaker. And I am fully aware that everything has been a bit of a fairy tale so far, but this was the fairytalest of fairy tales. There were giants and magic wells and witches and god knows what else, and I just couldn’t find it as entertaining or interesting as Wonderland, or Finn’s world or any other world we’ve been to. But the real problem lay within the true love part. I believe in true love, I think. Like, I believe that love can be so pure and genuine that it can consume a person. I don’t however believe a true love’s kiss can solve every problem. I’m sorry. I know this is fantasy and I know none of this story could ever be real, but I couldn’t get past it. I also realize it makes sense, in some twisted way, because of the fairy tales, but I feel like maybe this is too much of a convenient choice. Why find complicated rituals or difficult solutions when there’s a simple one? So yeah. That part was a deal breaker. And I feel awful, but it just took away a lot of credibility for me. So that’s why I couldn’t give it five stars and still be true to myself.

But that’s honestly the only thing that bothered me. Everything else I just loved insanely. The ENDING. It kills me that I can’t tell you without spoiling, because THAT ENDING. It’s both beautiful and utterly heart-breaking. Some part of me wants this to go on, another part of me wants it to end. I’m just really torn, okay?

I cannot wait for the conclusion of this series. I’m so excited to see how things will play out. This has been such a lovely journey. Heather Lyons is my new heroine, honestly. GIVE ME THAT NEXT BOOK ALREADY.

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  1. As usual I adore your review! This brings back so many memories and I almost want to read all 3 books again! What you said about the A.D. is so, so true and I couldn't agree more! He was just great. ♥ *sigh*

    Now you also have to wait for the fourth book ... Welcome to the club! :D

    Yvonne @ A World Between Folded Pages

    1. Pssst! I nominated you for the "Creative Blogger Award" - :)


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