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The Untold Tale

(The Accidental Turn #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  396 ratings  ·  195 reviews
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, seden ...more
Paperback, 572 pages
Published by REUTS Publications, LLC. (first published December 8th 2015)
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Aneela ♒the_mystique_reader♒
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy Lovers
My Rating: 4 stars
In one word: Surprising!

"The Sigil that Never Fades
The Quill that Never Dulls
The Cup that Never Runs Dry
The Parchment that Never Fills
The Blade that Never Fails
The Desk that Never Rots
The Spirit that Never Lies

With these tools our world was born,
And with them can be broken.

Or born again"

A magical tale of a realistic man and an enthusiastic woman! Great read for fantasy lovers!

Forsyth Turn is a lordling of Lyse Chipping and spymaster of king. But he
Neil Cochrane
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How do I love this book? Let me count the ways.

First, characters. Forsyth Turn is incredibly realistic, and I know this because he is almost literally my husband. (And I mean that in the best way, dear.) The juxtaposition of competence and insecurity that is so baffling to those of us who don't experience it at such a level is perfectly, achingly rendered in Forsyth, as is, in Pip, the frustration of those on the outside of it. The choice of Forsyth as a POV character goes a long way toward dec
Bailey Skye
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2016-reads
I received a copy of this publication in exchange for an honest review.

5/5 Stars

Fantasy is easily my favorite genre and this book is a breath of fresh air. The Untold Tale is a completely unique take on the genre, blending both fantasy and reality into one epic story.

Forsyth Turn is lordling of Turn Hall and younger brother to Kintyre Turn, the most heroic and loved legend in the lands. While Forsyth has his own set of strengths as a swordsman and a scholar, he fails to see himself in a positive
Adam Webling
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult
This feminist fantasy pulls apart the classic fantasy quest and exposes it for what’s really going on - a lack of diversity and a mountain of clichés. With a innovative plot about Pip being brought into her favourite book series and realising how misogynistic the author has created the world, The Untold Tale turns fantasy on its head. We get to follow a different kind of protagonist, Forsyth, who is used to being overlooked and downtrodden, but must step up when he is called to be the hero he do ...more
I can definitely say, I didn’t see this one coming and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world! J.M. Frey’s THE UNTOLD TALE contains a surprising number of quirky turns, endearing characters and some fascinating action, all barreling toward an ending that feels like another beginning!

Forsyth is not your typical hero, which he will attest to over and over, he is a scholar with a less than sexy stutter that shows up when he is on edge or out of his comfort zone in the fantasy world he lives in. Ac
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Zori Amber
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
So when I first started reading The Untold Tale I wasn’t sure what to expect. My biggest fear, knowing that many other reviewers have called it a feminist book, was that it was going to unnecessarily hit me over the head with feminist preaching. Though there were definitely very open feminist moments, it was well written, well timed, and well said. Did it cover every aspect of the feminist spectrum? No, but covering everything is honestly a lot to expect for one book to do and the fact that The ...more
Nov 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
~I was provided this book for free on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review~

DNF @ 50%
I started this book with great expectations... but sadly it disappointed me.

In my opinion, these are its greatest flaws:
1. the first chapters are a bit confusing and the general pace is quite slow
2. the main character, due to his painful inferiority complex towards his brother - Kintyre, results too whiny for my liking
I resent him because he is out there being marvelous. And I am here, doing his job, when I
Dec 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange of honest review. I apologize, if the review ended up too honest.

The book is written from the first person perspective. Of course it is, most Young adult novels are, don't they? Certainly there are many books from every imaginable genre that uses first person point of view, but in YA it is somehow ubiquitous.

My biggest issue with this book is the characters. We have the main male character, Forsyth, who is the point of view charact
Jason Meyer
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
J.M. Frey's The Untold Tale is a rare balancing act: a gripping adventure reflecting on both the joys and frustrations of classic fantasy in modern times. Born of an obvious love for the genre and tempered by Frey's wry sense of humor, The Untold Tale inverts high fantasy tropes to weave a story that's just as grounded in the charm of its characters as it is in the controversies of speculative fiction. It's sincere yet subversive; as sexy as it is sexually progressive. ...more
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, favorites
I recieved an ARC from REUTS Publications in exchange for an honest review. Review can also be found on *Milky Way of Books*

When I read the summary from this book, I swore I would obtain it. I think I had a small Gollum episode but now I am fine! For true!

So, in this new fantasy novel we have Forsyth. He is a lord in Turn Hall and Lysse Chipping, areas found in the magical kingdom he lives in, as also secretly he is the spymaster of the King. He is a decent guy with love for books as also quite
Kisa Whipkey
I knew from the moment I heard this book described in passing by the author’s agent that I was going to love it. I could just tell, like an instinct. And I was right. Frey’s tale is bold without being preachy, innovative while still being familiar, classic with a modern twist, and is easily among my all-time favorite reads ever.

Forsyth Turn is a swoon-worthy hero, though he is admittedly not what one pictures when they think of the leading man in an epic fantasy-adventure. Insecure, flawed, and
Nov 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Untold Tale, the first book in the Accidental Turn Series by J.M. Frey, is an altogether lovely deconstruction of epic fantasy, portal fantasy, and traditional romantic fantasy - and one that is delightfully entirely self-aware. While other reviewers have labeled it as feminist fantasy, I think that is a mistake. Such a view is simply too . . . well, simple (for lack of a better word). Yes, there are feminist elements within that deconstruction, but they are only a part of the story.

This is
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
May 20, 2019 marked it as dnf-shelf-of-shame
DNF @ 25%

I read in another review that this book was supposed to be a critique of genre tropes. A lot of things make much more sense now. I'm sad to say I just don't enjoy meta-literature, and I wish I had known this when I grabbed this on Story Cartel for free in exchange to an honest review years ago.

One problem is that I simply don't read fantasy. So exploring typical tropes and criticizing to me just looks like... Actually using these tropes. It's sad to DNF a review copy, but man, I am not
Mike Perschon
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying, for those who are of the "TLDR" persuasion, that I think that J.M. Frey's The Untold Tale is the most important work of fantasy written in 2015. It may be the most important work of fantasy written this decade, but I'll have to get back to you on that in 2020.

I was excited when I first received an electronic copy of J.M. Frey's The Untold Tale, as I loved both Triptych, her breakout novel and one of the best time-travel tales I've ever read, and Dark Side of the Glass, he
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a great story! So well written and a unique premise, I was pulled in and didn't want to leave the world of Hain, the world of Forsyth Turn. Pip is fantastic. I can't tell you how many times I wished to be inside her head, but to see her through Forsyth's eyes was a great way to get to know her. A fantasy quest. Heroes. Villains. A great twist and an ending that left me smiling.
As a teen I wanted so much to jump into the fantasy books I loved, and this book gives me my dream. More than that
I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did not finish this one. From the get-go we have a protagonist getting all hot and bothered every other minute. Faced with an unknown woman (and therefore a mystery) who's been severely tortured, he's sexually aroused. Not a great start, but the character is interesting primarily for the dichotomy he presents. First, he's the mysterious Shadow Hand, the king's spymaster. But then he's this awkward, self-denigrating c
Ruthanne Reid
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Damn. So let me tell you about this book.

No, that's no good, I'd spoil it. Let me wax philosophical about this book.

It isn't what you expect. When you think you have it figured out, it isn't that, either. And all the things you expect because you've read other books? It especially isn't that.

This is probably the most intelligent and lovingly critical (or critically loving) treatise on fantasy I've ever read, and yet it isn't actually a treatise at all. It's a story. No, hear me: this is a STO
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Thank you to Voracious Reads for a free ebook of The Untold Tale. All opinions are my own.

This book is unlike anything I've read before. It has a NeverEnding Story/Princess Bride vibe to it and, while Fantasy is not my usual genre, I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend to readers of all genres.

The book begins with an injured woman being brought by cart to Lordling Forsyth Turn's manor. The woman, Lucy Piper, has been tortured by Bootknife and "artistic tendrils of bloody iv
Fiona Martin
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Untold Tale
This is my first ever review so I apologise if it isn't brilliant.
This book was fabulous! I had no idea what to expect because I was given the chance to read it through Voracious Readers and this isn't a book I would normally read.
This is a cracking read! A proper quest tale with heros and maidens and dragons and sprites but also with a modern twist on feminist values and a bit of spice through some beautifully written loving scenes.
The book begins sounding like the reading of a
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well written and compelling story. I will be looking for more books by this author.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author via Voracious Readers Only.
Brooke Banks
I received a free copy to review from the publisher. This does not effect my review in any way.

I know I severely slacked on writing and posting this review. I'm sorry! This is not one of those "I read it and forgot it" books. This is a "Holy fuck, I need a minute to digest it."

Of course, I couldn't only sit there and ponder it. Life goes on. Life is busy. The Untold Tale never left me. Every time I stopped to try and write this something else would pop up like a wack-a-mole.

Trigger Warnin
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Whenever I finish reading a new J.M. Frey book, I send her an initial thought before I sit down to write my full review. (Okay, that’s a lie, first I cry a little and wonder why I keep letting her play with my heart like bubble wrap, but after that I message her.) For Triptych I told her “I hate you a little for killing my favourite character. But thank you for not bringing him back.” For The Untold Tale I told her that it was “A horribly uncomfortable story that everyone needs to read. And yes, ...more
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

Forsyth Turn is a minor lord, brother of the famous hero Kintyre Turn, and the Shadow Hand to the king. When a young woman is rescued from the clutches of the evil viceroy, she is brought to his home, so she can recover in safety and secrecy under his protection. While very willing to help her, Forsyth is mystified by this woman. Lucy Piper is an enigma: she has clearly lived a life of luxury, but is not a noble; she knows thi
Sadie Forsythe
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did a lot of flip-flopping while reading this book. I thought it started out well and then I figured out the schtick (twist) and groaned. It's cheesy, it is, but I got used to it I accepted it and enjoyed the book for a bit. Then, Pip started in on her lectures and I groaned again. I HATE didacticism in my fiction. Hate it, even when I agree with what is being preached. I mean, I love this quote, it verbalizes something I've long wanted words for (and it largely sums up the novel),
I spent m
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantasy is not a genre I often read. My experience has been coloured by poor writing, shallow characters, and contrived and inconsistent worlds.

The Untold Tale turns all my preconceptions upside down. This is a cleverly written feminist fantasy in which the female protagonist exposes all the myths of honourable and bold heroes rescuing simpering damsels unable to live without their manly protectors. The unlikely hero is knowledgable rather than aggressive, modest instead of arrogant and respectf
Saffyre Falkenberg
There are so many things to love about this book. It’s not a regular, stereotypical fantasy book. The Untold Tale plays with a lot of well-known tropes and openly acknowledges and pushes back against them. For someone who reads a lot of fantasy, this was delightful. The book also explores the idea of story itself, and the relationship readers share with stories. It handled this in a really unique and fun way. The book also openly talks about important topics such as consent and privilege, which ...more
Chasia Lloyd
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fantasy - high fantasy, especially - is still largely packed with problematic sexist, racist, ableist, and homophobic tropes. The Untold Tale plunges us into one such world and introduces us to Lucy Piper, a Reader from the rea. world who wants to subvert those tropes and be the hero of her adventure.

The story is told from Forsyth Turn's POV. He has always been overshadowed by his brother - the true hero of the book series - but is a respectable spymaster in his own right. He stutters frequently
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Untold Tale is the first book in J.M. Frey’s 'Accidental Turn’ Series.

If the characters don’t draw you straight into this book, then I don’t know what to tell you! The main character, Forsyth Turn, is absolutely adorable. He’s super realistic in this fantastic world; he’s flawed, he’s got insecurities. He’s not a 'hero.’

We go through the story in Forsyth’s point of view; through his trials and tribulations, through his somewhat misogynistic world. We meet Pip, a fan who is pulled into he
Oct 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Frey sets up her fantasy world by introducing a protagonist, Forsyth Turn, most people can relate to who has a guarded secret about his true duties to the kingdom. Frey's plot starts to pick up with the sudden introduction of a mysterious woman, Pip, rescued and brought to Forsyth's home. Pip is adamant about not needing anyone to rescue her but she's evidently placed into a world that she's unable to fully immerse herself in.
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Frey is an author and professional smartypants, spent three years as the entertainment contributor on AMI Radio's Live From Studio 5 morning show, and was an occasional talking head in documentaries and on the SPACE Channel's premier chat show InnerSPACE. She holds a BA in Dramatic Literature and an MA in Communications Culture, and has lectured at the Pop Culture Association of America's Annual C ...more

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