Taming the Forest King
Yet no steel blade can hold sway in a realm where shapes of death can be fashioned from the still of the air. And even the most ungodly ...more
If you’re like me, then you ...more
Claudia J Edwards wrote four fantasy novels in the late 80s, one of which was the first in a planned series. Sadly, she died in 2010. That series might have been one of my favorites, but as it’s unfinished, I’ll focus on Taming the Forest King. I adore this book, it’s one of the few I reread regularly and I know will always cheer me up. It’s a straight up classic fantasy with a super tough female main character, military service, magical m ...more
Here's what I REALLY wish would have happened though: (view spoiler)[Tevra, Hetwith, AND Dard. Yep, all three ...more
Actual rating: 2,5 stars
This book was recommended to me by Goodreads itself, based on my ratings and my favourite genres. To be fair, Goodreads tends to get it right. Not this time, though.
First of all forget the title. It has absolutely nothing to do with the story.
I picked up this book thinking, "Yay! A book from the 80's! No clichés that became obnoxiously ubiquitous in recent times!" Yeah... no.
Heads up, this book contains a love triangle - that by itself made me want to put it aside. ...more
I like romance novels but honestly this is one of the cases where I think she would have been better off ...more
A shame that the writer died before continuing her works, because you're going to be wanting much more after this one.
I heard about this book on a 'Best of' Sci-Fi and Fantasy book list on a forum I had come across a few years ago. Most of the authors were people I had never heard of so I printed off that list and started looking for these books that people cared enough about to put on the list. That is how I discovered Steven Gould and Doranna Durgin, two authors I really like.
Anyway, this book, published in 1986 was not to be found in the library or the used book stores. I did come across ...more
This was a surprising little gem. I'd found it at the flea market and, for 33¢, I couldn't resist the female warrior--in chain mail, yet, instead of a bikini!--and the pristine condition. (ahhhh... new books. the tight pages, the smooth cover, the unbroken spine, the story waiting to be discovered... give me a moment here.)
It's a short book, only 215 pages, from 1986. Colonel Tevra has been called to the forest lands to investigate the myriad problems besetting them: from a corrupt gove ...more
I might be giving Taming the Forest King just a tad too much credit because I haven't been real pleased with much of anything I've picked up lately.
I'm just so over being SO OVER everything I've attempted to read.
At least this book surprised me. Genuinely, wasn't expecting, didn't see it coming with less than subtle hints, surprise!
Ugh, this is really hard to do without spoilers. Impossible even, because the very thing I loved about this novel is too spoilery to mention.
It wasn't the ...more
My daughter glanced at it and said, "the writing is so small!" So yes, it was published a while ago. But this is one of those timeless fantasies that doesn't diminish over time. The main character, a 30-something Colonel in the King's Army is one of the best SHOWING examples of a kick-butt female I've seen. So SO many books just tell us how tough the MC is by s ...more
I love old-school thrift store fantasy gems! This is a romance at its core with an adorable love triangle. The heroine, Tevra, fights against female stereotypes in the kind of unsubtle way that reminds me of Jennifer Roberson’s Tiger and Del books. She's a capable, badass commander who excels at combat and politicking, but completely flounders in the love department. Overall, Taming the Forest King is a very short book - there’s hardly any time for worldbuilding or fleshing out supporti ...more
DNF @ 47%
Intersting story but I felt the author spent too much on the mundane aspect for the first 20% of the story... And then the love triangle was pretty stupid, especially with Tevra's, the heroine, second-in-command, Hetwith. He's been shagging every moving girl he sees for 10 years and suddenly he claims he's in loved with the heroine all that time and that Tevra should refuse all suitors who make her sexually desired except for him?
Tevra is 37 years old, who's beyond capable that
The fantasy setting was a bit light - the focus was more on Tevra's relationship with Dard and Hetwith - but there was enough political tension to keep this from falling too squarely into romance territory ...more
I almost didn't continue reading after finding somewhere in the first two chapters the phrase "flower-spangled meadow." That bit still di ...more
I can see myself rereading this years later and enjoying it even more. Recommended to those looking for a traditional fantasy read with a strong-willed protagonist and a romance that leaves you wanting for more.