Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Forester: Forester Triad Act One (Tales of the Forest, #1)” as Want to Read:
The Forester: Forester Triad Act One (Tales of the Forest, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Forester: Forester Triad Act One (Tales of the Forest #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  80 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
"Your Path is muddy, Kelnaht, but don't think avoiding the puddles will make it easier to travel."

Kelnaht, a cloud elf, is a truth seeker caught between love and faith when a murder committed ten days before Solstice reveals an illicit affair between two tree elves he desires more than he can admit. Kelnaht's former lover Ianys once betrayed him, and the shunned forester T
ebook, 2nd Edition, 70 pages
Published August 15th 2016 by Cayendi Press (first published December 21st 2011)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Forester, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Forester

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jan 02, 2012 Jenre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is a bit of a mix of fantasy and police procedure. It tells of elf Kelnaht who is a 'truth seeker' which is sort of the elf equivalent of a forensic police officer who uses his special elf-powers to determine the perpetrator of crimes. The story begins with discovery of a female elf who has been strangled. As part of the investigation Kelnaht is approached by his former lover Ianys, who abandoned their relationship so he could get married and have a child. Kelnaht is still bitter ...more
Dec 23, 2011 ReviewerLarissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Review for Rarely Dusty Books**

Imagine a squee and a happy dance when Janna send me the ARC request for The Forester. I’d come across the book a few days earlier and couldn’t wait for the release. Needless to say, The Forester was read upon receiving a copy and I wasn’t disappointed.

Elves? Oh my!
No these elves are not Santa’s helpers, but a combination of elves in the high fantasy genre and the world of Magic the Gathering. And as you can gather from the well-drawn cover, they are pretty dar
This review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews

4.25 stars

This is first-time author Blaine D. Arden’s debut story and I have to say I was very impressed. CSI meets elves meets menage-y goodness. Kelnaht, is a truth seeker, which is rather a combination elf police/CSI expert. He is called in investigate a murder, along with his assistant. Because the murder happened immediately outside the forester’s home, suspicion falls upon him. The forester has been shunned, and no one but The Guide is al
Jan 30, 2012 Jayhjay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on my blog Joyfully Jay.

Kelnaht is a Truth Seeker, tasked with investigating the murder of a fellow elf, Cyine. Cyine has been strangled, and suspicion turns toward the Forester, an elf that has been shunned from the community. Kelnaht is strongly attracted toward the Forester (Taruif), but is not allowed to even speak his name, let alone enter a relationship with him without risking being shunned himself. He is not allowed to talk to him directly either, making
With enjoyable characters, a twisty romance plot, and murder case to move it all along, "The Forester" is an enjoyable, although regrettably short, read. Arden does a commendable job of building the world in a short amount of time and has a strong writing style. However, the story could have been strengthened by further development of the characters and their relationships and my enjoyment was restricted by my struggle to believe the emotional interactions.

I enjoyed the nugget we received
More of my reviews and ramblings at PANTS OFF REVIEWS


I am in love with this little novella; I never expected the amount of awesmazingness that was packed into such a short story. I just want to type ‘go read this freaking story’ but it’s a review after all and I believe there needs to be a little more substance to it .

The Forester is a great fantasy story, meets mystery and the sexy. Kelnaht is a Truth Seeker, which means it’s his job to gather evidence and find the answers to a crime when it
Mar 28, 2014 Izzy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading The Forester, which is refreshing. What I didn’t expect was a well written and well thought out alternate universe comprised of Cloud Elves, Tree Elves and many other beings who I’m sure we have yet to meet. The society is of course centred in a Forest where everyone has their place, their talents and some special abilities. Kelnaht is a cloud elf, which means he has wings and he is also a Truth Seeker with the ability to scan for and interpret ...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
At the beginning there are a lot of dark emotions in this book: there is murder, suspicion, betrayal, jealousy, loneliness, but by the end of the book the darkness gives way to passion, love and hope. I liked both the world building, especially how the ways of the elves' society is explained without info dumping, and the writing, which is lyrical, but not too sophisticated and it's perfect for the story. There is also a touch of modernity, because Kelnaht, the protagonist, has the power to coax ...more
Serena Yates
Oct 28, 2016 Serena Yates rated it really liked it
A murder mystery set in a fantasy world is at the center of act one of the ‘Forester Triad’ and it had my attention from the beginning. The main character, a cloud elf named Kelnaht, is a truth seeker, an elf tasked with examining the situation and figuring out who murdered an innocent young woman. As I followed him through the procedure, his examination of the evidence, and the gradual uncovering of clues, I found out more about him as well as the elf society. It turned out to be a fascinating ...more
Nov 27, 2016 Scarletine rated it liked it
Lovely cover.

Nice,well-plotted fantasy with elves, murder and a nice little bit of Elf/Elf/Elf action. :-p
Tori Thompson
Apr 09, 2014 Tori Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a great story! I’ll start by saying I used to read a lot of fantasy, prior to discovering gay romance, but I’ve not read much in years. A book here and there, but really not much. I was asked to review this book, and decided to give it a try, thinking it would be yet another fantasy, elves, forest, magic,blah, blah, blah. But it’s not like what I expected at all!

Here’s the details: Kelnaht is a truth seeker, which appears to be an elf police officer. He and his apprentice Brem, are inv
Apr 02, 2012 Kassa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Forester is an impressive mix of fantasy and murder/mystery. The writing is superior and the romance is a nice touch without being too easy and ignoring the many potential problems. I personally liked the mystery component of the story more than the romance as ménages are a tough sell that I don’t always appreciate. Overall I quite like this novella and recommend it even if the threesome didn’t quite win me over as a reader.

The story starts with the investigation of a murder of a lovely elf
Aug 03, 2014 GGR-Review rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve never had a strong interest in Fantasy but for some reason this book had a pull that made me want to read it.
This was a fun and intriguing story made better by the landscape with which this author built through her words. There are 2 story lines running simultaneously and yet intertwined. Kelnaht is a Truth Seeker and is investigating the murder of a young elfin girl and is also crushing on the Forester at the same time. I will break this down into these parts.
The investigation really let t
Mar 31, 2014 Cryselle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75, rounded up

This short piece (novella?) packed quite a lot into the slender word count. We are introduced to the society of elves, who have a hierarchy and rules that cannot be bucked, and members of their society who cannot stay within the strictures.

Kelnaht is our POV character—he’s working with clandestine information and evidence detected by observation, magic, and deduction to find the killer of another elf. Suspicion falls first on Taruif, who has some scandalous tragedy in his backgro
Wendy Ann
Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews

The Forester was a little bit magical and a whole lot enchanting! I fell in love with the world the author created in this novella and kept discovering new surprises to make me pause and admire what I was reading. Tree dwelling elves who had wings and could fly made me smile, but magical abilities to seek the truth by using energy to draw out clues invisible to others (ex: fingerprints on a body or delving into another’s mind) was amazing to imagine.

It was Kel
Tori Thompson
Sep 17, 2016 Tori Thompson rated it really liked it
Wonderfully creative world..
Aug 28, 2016 Riayl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, fantasy, romance, poly
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Bending The Bookshelf
In many ways, this story reminded me of the work of Tanya Huff (a fantasy author whom I have always loved), albeit with a far healthier and far more forward dose of eroticism than she generally indulges. The Forester is the story of an elven truth seeker called upon to investigate a murder, and forced to revisit the pain and betrayal of lost love when his former lover is revealed to be involved with outcast forester who is the crime's only witnesses.

Romantically and emotionally, there's a lot go
Alina Popescu
Jul 31, 2014 Alina Popescu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a sucker for fantasy when it crosses gender lines and mixes up with others to delight me with interesting stories and fantasy. The Forester did just that, adding a detective story and quite a bit of mystery and thrill to a very unique love affair. Kelnat made a very convincing investigator through his truth seeker role, the struggle he goes through trying to do his duty while his inner world and spirit are being pushed beyond all limits making the story extremely realistic.

Kelnaht is caught
Thomaidha Papa
3.5~4 Hearts
Review written for MM Good Book Reviews

Okay, so after reading Oren’s Right – book #2 in Tales of the Forest series – I had this feeling I’m going to like this world. No, scratch that, I already liked this world, now I simply love it.

So I went back and picked up book #1, because yeah I do that sometimes, start a series backwards that is. I felt like I just had to read the first book and wait for the last one to come, you know, there was this pull from this world I couldn’t resist, and
Feb 17, 2016 Boekenvlinder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
Shelves: read-in-english
Blaine omschrijft een zeer delicate liefdesdriehoek waarin er toch nog voldoende aandacht geschonken wordt aan het speurwerk waar het hoofdpersonage mee bezig is. Haar personages zijn goed uitgewerkt, net als de wereld waarover ze schrijft. De lezer heeft zo geen problemen om zich in te leven in de wereld van de personages en bijna de omgeving te ruiken.
The Forester beschrijft ook sekscènes en daar was ik in het begin een beetje bang voor, omdat het zo moeilijk is een goede sekscène te omschrijv
May 11, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-read, z-2012
I'm not always a big fan of fantasy but I really enjoyed this book. Kelnaht is a Truth Seeker and it is his job to discover who murdered a woman found in the forest. Suspicion falls on the Forester a man Kelnaht has forbidden feelings for. The story takes another twisting turn when Ianys (Kelnaht's ex-lover) comes to him to tell him that he can provide an alibi for the Forester as they were together at the time. The author has created a beautiful world and mixed this with a tale of murder ...more
Apr 29, 2014 M.E. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this little story. There's something that ignites inside of me when there is a strong fantasy story with a LGBT romance as a main point. It combines my two favorite genres. :D :D

The world in The Forester is strong and fantastical. The titles and the magic involved got me very interested in learning more about the Guide, the Forester, their culture, the world of the flying elves and their ways. There was a sense of simplicity to the world despite the obviously complexity.

Not once
Jan 24, 2012 Bree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting fantasy short story. I like the detective feel to it (and I'm not a fan of detective stuff). A short read, but it left me wanting more. Maybe if it had been longer? I dunno. :) I liked it anyway.
Apr 10, 2014 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-m, mystery, tbg, fantasy
I really enjoyed this story.

Full review can be found at The Blogger Girls Website:

Jun 19, 2012 C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-romance
Hated Ianys, really dislike cheaters and boy was he a coward on top of it. Would be a 4 star read if he was not part of the sweetness between Taruif and Kel.
Hearts On Fire Reviews
Reviewed by:Wendy
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Rated: 4 hearts

Check out the review at: Hearts On Fire Reviews
Tamarrion Lash
Хороший сеттинг, оч. неплохая детективная линия (для такой короткой истории), но любовная линия сплошной фейспалм.
Alison rated it liked it
Mar 16, 2015
« previous 1 3 next »
Blaine D. Arden is a purple-haired, forty-something author of queer romance mixed with fantasy, mystery, and magic who sings her way through life in platform boots.

Born and raised in Zutphen, the Netherlands, Blaine spent many hours of her sheltered youth reading, day dreaming, making up stories and acting them out with her Barbies. After seeing the film “An Early Frost” as a teen in the mid-eight
More about Blaine D. Arden...

Other Books in the Series

Tales of the Forest (5 books)
  • Lost and Found: Forester Triad Act Two (Tales of the Forest, #2)
  • Full Circle: Forester Triad Act Three (Tales of the Forest, #3)
  • Oren's Right (Tales of the Forest, #4)
  • A Triad in Three Acts: The Complete Forester Trilogy (Tales of the Forest)

Share This Book