Source: Author – I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation and all opinions are my own.
Publisher: Starling Publishing
Series: Forbidden Forest #1
Edition: eBook, 448 Pages
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
Any girl who goes into the Forbidden Forest never comes out again. Except the one who did.
Larkin should have been watching her little sister, should have paid more attention to the trees looming over her family’s fields. Now Sela is gone. Knowing full well the danger of the forest and its beast, Larkin goes after her anyway. With her sister clutched in her arms, she manages to escape, but not before discovering the truth lurking beneath the wicked boughs.
She may have evaded the beast once, but with the full force of his magic now fixated on her, she isn’t sure how much longer she can resist.
Amber Argyle returns with a new book and a new series! Forbidden Forest is a young adult fantasy series with a rich world filled with intricate lore and incredible magic.
Our story follows Larkin, a young woman who is currently trying to help take care of her family but longs for a life that doesn’t require her to be tied down. She’s caring and devoted to those she cares for and isn’t afraid to place herself in danger if it means protecting someone else. One of my favorite tropes in YA is seeing someone who has toiled and stood strong against others find their own freedom, and Stolen Enchantress does exactly that. We get to see Larkin slowly blossom into someone who knows what she wants and needs, and breaks away from expectation to form her own path. I was a tad worried about the inclusion of the love interests but Argyle directed the story in a way that really makes me appreciate the rather interesting take on the Beauty and Beast story. Denan is also quite the character as well. He’s a strong leader who does what he must for his people’s safety but remains compassionate and gentle with Larkin and others.
One of my absolute favorite things about Amber’s stories is the unique way she includes magic, and while they have all dealt with nature in some way they don’t feel the exact same in each series. She makes it interesting each time and doesn’t bog down the story with a lot of details, but instead lets the magic system flow into the story naturally. The Forbidden Forest is a character all it’s own. With it’s seemingly dark and brooding trees that cause those who stumble in to lose themselves both mentally and physically, filled with beasts and dangers. Daughters of the nearby town are being taken into the forest, never to be seen again, and as a result, the forest becomes this an enemy to those outside. But to those inside, it provides safety and power.
I’m really excited to see where this series will go, especially after such a strong start. If you enjoy fairy tale retellings or light fantasy with beautifully woven magic, then Stolen Enchantress is certainly worth a try.