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The Forgotten Tale

(The Accidental Turn #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Forsyth Turn has finally become a hero—however reluctantly. But now that Lucy Piper has married him and they’ve started a family in her world, his adventuring days are behind him. Yet not all is as it should be. Beloved novels are disappearing at an alarming rate, not just from the minds of readers like Pip, but from bookshelves as well. Almost as if they had never been. A ...more
Published by REUTS Publications (first published December 6th 2016)
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Have you ever thought about your book friends coming to life? What would the world be like if some of our favorite characters walked our streets? Would they possess their same traits? What if they met their creator? What if they weren’t happy with how their creator handled their story? Would the balance of the universe, history and the world of literature be tilted or skewed? Forsyth Turn, a secondary character in The Tales of Kintyre Turn by author Elgar Reed has outgrown the character he was c ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
4,25 stars - English ebook - I have dyslexia. -
Sleep now, my baby,
And hear my sweet ryhme :
The writter will
Come to us all in his time.-
Just read it yourself and be swept into a different world. 🌹
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Shelves: 2016
I received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

The first book of the series, "The Untold Tale", was one of my top favorite books of 2015. It had everything I loved in a good fantasy. Diverse characters, a strong heroine, a protagonist who never considered himself a hero and it was also the first book I've ever read in meta-fiction.

So of course I had to get my grabby hands on the sequel!

After the events of the first book, Forsyt
Adam Webling
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
J. M. Frey’s meta-fantasy series is back with more adventure, emotion and much-needed diversity and literary callouts in classic fantasy. I was sent an ARC of the second book in The Accidental Turn series to review and yes yes yes! I LOVED The Untold Tale (review), so I was beyond excited to read the sequel - and it didn’t disappoint!

Forsyth Turn is back as the lovable, sensitive narrator and, as with first book, the art of fantasy storytelling is explored with a brilliant cast of diversity. He
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Forgotten Tales starts off in Canada, with Pip, Forsyth and their daughter, Alis. They are doing alright for themselves.Forsyth does get homesick, once in a while, even though Pip goes out of her way to make his favorite dishes and wants him to write down the nursery rhymes that he sings to Alis.

The only bane in their otherwise peaceful existence is The Writer, Elgar Reed, the author of The Tales of Kintyre Turn. He is trying to for a relationship with Pip, Forsyth and Alis…ever since he fou
Saffyre Falkenberg
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of The Forgotten Tale right after finishing the first book in the series, The Untold Tale, so I was able to dive right in. Let me tell you that this book does not disappoint. As far as sequels go, I will say that I believe this book to just as strong and compelling as the first in the series.

The Forgotten Tale continues to explore themes of readership and authorship, questioning the idea of story itself. It really exp
Neil Cochrane
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Y'all. Y'ALL. I'm obsessed and a good thing too because I get to talk about this book for the next two months*. IT IS SO GOOD.

More detailed review coming at a later date but DAMN.

*Disclaimer, I'm the Marketing Director for this book's publisher.
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)
I got an ARC of the first book in this series last year, and absolutely loved it. So when I was offered a chance to review this one as well, I jumped at the chance, but the eagerness was mixed with a bit of nervousness. I think that slight worry is always there when you pick up the sequel to one of your favourite books: what if it’s not as good this time? Anyway, two minutes into The Forgotten Turn I knew I was going to love i
Finn Longman
This was a really enjoyable read, actually.

This second instalment brings with it all the self-awareness of the first, pointing out the problematic tropes of fantasy fiction by subverting or just outright criticising them. Pip's rants are like Book Twitter distilled into character form -- every angry reader who wants to see themselves better represented, everyone who has ever finished a book and been disappointed. She walks straight into the middle of a story and demands better from it. Demands t
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading The Untold Tale just a couple of days ago, I was really looking forward to the second installment of Pip and Forsyth's story. The Forgotten Tale does not disappoint. What a clever way to write the second book of a series! Again, we see a lot of trope challenging and blatant acknowledgement of writing realities. The lives of secondary characters will never, ever be the same for any writer who reads this tale!

As with the first book, I am really impressed by the cleverness of the stor
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer-books, reviewed
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Jeannie Zelos
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Forgotten Tale, The Accidental Turn Series Book 2,  J.M. Frey

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre:  LGBTQIA, Sci-fi and Fantasy

Well, I loved book one and it had a proper ending – so how could there be a book two I wondered, and would it live up the the fantastic magics and world building of book one? Well, Book two is a complete one once again ( hurrah) and yes it does live up the the first one ;-)

Once more we meet all the old favourite characters, but two years or so on, so baby Ali
Zori Amber
Oct 11, 2016 rated it liked it
A year ago, I read The Untold Tale, the first in J.M. Frey's Accidental Turn series and I really enjoyed and I'm happy that I can say the same a year later with the second installment in the series, The Forgotten Tale. I received an advance copy of the story months ago and even now as I write this review I'm still like, "Oh my gosh! That part was so subtle and excellently woven in!"

But I'm getting ahead of myself.

The Forgotten Tale takes the same dissecting perspective looking at the surprisingl
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Just Love

Okay, so if you’re reading this I hope you’ve already read The Untold Tale because since this is a continuation from the first book, even the smallest of details could be spoilery. Yes, you will definitely want to have read the first before starting this or I fear even with the brief recaps you’ll be missing a lot. But trust me, The Untold Tale is so worth it and, I believe, an essential part of this series.

After pointing out so many problems with fantasy books, including t
Oct 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2017
If the first book of the Accidental Turn series reminded me a lot of Lev Grossman’s book The Magicians, then the second book of the series is a lot like Once Upon a Time TV series.

The first book ends when Pip and Forsyth are back in Pip’s world and meeting with the writer and … then in the second book, they are pulled back into Haine world, which means now they have to figure out, why they are there again, why in Pip’s world book are vanishing, why in Forsyth’s world stars are vanishing, who is
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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J.M. sent me an e-book ARC in return for a review. This is the second book in the trilogy, and comes after The Untold Tale and Ghosts: An Accidental Turn Novella. I would definitely recommend reading The Untold Tale before reading The Forgotten Tale, as it does rely fairly heavily on what has gone before. Ghosts is more of a bonus–you’ll get by without having read it, but you’ll recognize more if you read it first, especially since it is wh
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never thought of myself as a fantasy maven, but the last several books I've read are certainly turning me into one. Being a voracious reader can be both a blessing and a curse. Some things may capture the imagination and leave the soul wanting. When that which is read captures imagination and feeds the soul, it is a blessing. A beautifully written adult fantasy such as this seems to be today's epitome of storytelling. Let me be clear, I am saying adult to mean mature not salacious.

If you'
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
(I received this ebook in exchange for an honest review.)

And I thought the last one was good.

This book was so good. The only things I love more than fantasies are bringing other classic fantasies in. Stories like this and Namesake, where old stories that I love are brought in, are some of my favorites. I love to get references and remember and relive them a little. The addition of Wyndam was much appreciated--he's a great character and I love him (and his mother). All of the characters are just
In brief: Forsyth Turn is (basically) happily settled into his new life in the Writer’s Realm when he notices stories going missing—and then he and his family are sucked into the books he came from. Second in a trilogy.

Thoughts: I liked this! It wasn’t quite as mind-blowing for me as The Untold Tale but that’s largely because there wasn’t as big of a plot twist this time. Frey tackles a whole different slew of weak-writing issues in this one, mostly related to autonomy and gender roles, while st
Elizabeth GlamShazam
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's interesting to me that this has higher reviews, when I liked the first one better. That said, I'm glad the author wrote this one because I missed this world and these characters! Fun times, honestly.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Vague spoilers for first book--but let's be honest, this book won't make much sense without reading the previous book anyway.
Just because Forsyth and Pip have made their choices doesn't mean life's settled down. When familiar tales, from The Wizard of Oz and the Hobbit to Cinderella, begin vanishing from memory, Forsyth wonders would this could mean to him.
This book was a good, quick read
Pam Spurrell
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition amazing return to Hain

What an incredible sequel...loved your characters with all their human foibles...your twists turns and surprises kept me turning the pages...can hardly wait for #3..Judy
Laura Kehoe
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a really fun addition to the series! I really liked falling back into this world and reuniting with my favorite characters (plus meeting some great new ones). The plot moved a little slow at times, but overall, I had a delightful me reading this book!
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 but will round up to 4. I definitely enjoyed the premise of this series.
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
**I received an eARC of The Forgotten Tale from REUTS Publications, in exchange for an honest review.**

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The Forgotten Tale is the second book in J.M. Frey’s 'Accidental Turn’ Series.

I absolutely adored reading more about the characters. The new adventures between Forsyth, Pip, and their daughter Alis are just brilliant.

This sequel, by far, has left me just wanting even more. I was not let down one bit by the writing. Once again, J.M. Frey has provided me with another fav
Margaret Kosakiewicz
This book was not nearly as good as the first one in the series. It was nice to revisit with the beloved characters, but it just lacked, I don't know, substance? The story premise was interesting to a degree but it sort of dragged on in places, there was a lot of monologuing, action was mostly slow and it took me a long time to get through it. Again, I did enjoy it, but it wasn't the "can't put it down and read it in two days" kind of book like the first one was. Not sure I want to read #3.

This series is just great. Smart, fun, funny, touching, and full of little things that just tickle me. Love it.
Dani St-Onge (Literary Lion)

Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was received through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Forsyth and Pip have created a lovely life for themselves in Victoria with their daughter Alis. Forsyth’s biggest problem is trying to keep his writer, Elgar Reed, from interacting with his family. That is until well-known stories start vanishing and a portal opens up and swallows his family back to the written world of Hain. What is causing stories to vanish a
Anna Tan
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-copy, e-books
The Untold Tale was one of my best reads in 2016, so when I found out that Story Cartel had review copies of The Forgotten Tale, I jumped at the chance.

The Forgotten Tale starts with an idyllic scene: The Piper family (Syth, Lucy and baby Alis - obviously they cannot retain his identity as Forsyth Turn) are preparing to celebrate Solsticetide in their new home in Canada. Forsyth is beginning to settle in, having even learnt to hack well enough to get a job with the Government. When books - famo
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I understand that Forsyth and Lucy will go back to Hain and set out on a further adventure in order to prevent books disappearing from existence completely. I wonder what the journey will involve and whether it will engage me.

Forsyth has made a life in the world of his new wife. He has a daughter and a job that he enjoys. There is one person who spoils things for him, Elgar Reed.

But then Forsyth doesn't have to worry about the Writer, because books have started to 'pop' out of existence and he
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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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