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Taming the Forest King

(Forest King #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  314 ratings  ·  50 reviews
The distant Forest Province had been torn apart by corruption and rebellion. On the direct orders of her king, Tevra, Colonel of the Light Cavalry, arrives in this strange land with instructions to restore order - at swordpoint, if need be.

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
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Paperback, 1st Edition, 224 pages
Published December 1st 1986 by Warner Books (NY)
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Wendy Darling
Not many books start out with the heroine getting shot in the chest with a flying arrow. Fortunately, Tevra is wearing chain mail and astride her horse, however, so she doesn't even bat an eye. She merely pulls out her sword, narrowly avoids the keening magical orb pursuing her, and rendezvous with the men under her command. The king himself has charged her with ending the corruption in the Forest Province, and as the youngest Colonel in the Light Cavalry, she takes her extraordinarily powerful ...more
Catie
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Catie by: Flannery
Imagine the scene: a kick-ass heroine begrudgingly sets aside her military uniform to pour herself into an elaborate red ball gown (which of course she looks fabulous in) and attend a ball in her honor. Upon entering the room, she’s approached by a gorgeous, powerful man. She immediately notes that he “smells of almonds and sunshine,” and then feels a “storm of lust” as they dance the first dance together. Their eyes connect, and she feels an instant tug of connection.

If you’re like me, then you
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Rashika (is tired)
Once in a while, you might get the urge to pick up a book that is decades old. That is how I felt when I decided to pick up this delicious fantasy from the 80’s on a friend’s recommendation (after waiting over a year to find and purchase a copy!). I read the blurb and had thought I would love this book but had no idea just how much until I finished the book. I ended up spending all night reading this book and didn’t regret it one bit. This is not a book to be devoured but rather cherished and I ...more
Andrea
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
"Taming the Forest King" has so many things I like. An intelligent, active woman facing and effectively dealing with a series of problems with a mix of logic, honour and gritty determination. Tevra is a career soldier who has been sent to take command of a distant province which has been falling apart through mismanagement and greed. The province certainly needs someone to step in, but naturally there are people who stand to lose from - or at least resent - such an intervention. Tevra has a part ...more
Gail Carriger
Nov 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I can not explain why I love this book so much, but I do.

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
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Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, fantasy, own, thrift
This wasn't the most evenly plotted book, not to mention the title is rather misleading. But I enjoyed it. I wish the aspects of the world had been shown to greater advantage and that the characters' relationships had been given more room to flourish. I loved that Tevra was older (thirty-seven) and a good soldier. The romantic parts were thoroughly enjoyable, and the ending made me smile.

Here's what I REALLY wish would have happened though: (view spoiler)
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Isa Lavinia
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Isa by: Goodreads


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.
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Linda
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Tevra is a great character and I liked reading about her tactics as Viceroy, so it's too bad she basically gets dragged into an idiotic romantic tug of war. I get that this is an old skool fantasy novel, but (view spoiler)

I like romance novels but honestly this is one of the cases where I think she would have been better off
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Griffin
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book- and the great news is that the sequels are almost as good! Romance, action, plot twist- this book has it all. Definitely worth hunting down a copy, although it is out of print, not on Kindle, and only available used.

A shame that the writer died before continuing her works, because you're going to be wanting much more after this one.
Laura (Kyahgirl)
(3.5/5; 4 stars; B+)
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
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Jenny Schwartzberg
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
I've had this book since it came out. I took it down from my keeper shelves to reread it and enjoyed it as much as ever. The cover is rather stupid, since the heroine is a soldier, viceroy, and governor, and wears practical clothes most of the time and gowns when she absolutely has to for formal events. Yes, there is magic and adventure in this book, but what I enjoy the most are the nuts and bolts of governing a rebellious region, duty and honor, and yes, a romance thread. There are two younger ...more
Nicole
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comfort-book, fantasy
Tevra, a Colonel in the Light Cavalry, has been sent to relieve the corrupt representative of the King in the vassal Forest-Kingdom. There she deals with things military and things unexplainable with near unshakable aplomb. Or she does until things get outside the military guide lines she has built her life and veer into the personal. It seems her second in command and the once Forest King are setting for a conflict but of a personal nature where she has no command. Tevra trusts Hetwith, her sec ...more
Carla Gouws
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some readers felt that the protagonist is a bit slow, to them i say that none are so blind as those who do not wish ro see. It was a fun read, i would have preferred that the forest king was the tall dark handsome type though but thats just personal preference.
Darla Stokes
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

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
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Becky
3.5 stars!
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
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Tiffany Dominguez
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I ordered this book off of Amazon because of another goodreads friend's recommendation...it's out of print now, so I snagged a used copy.

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
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Lesley
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

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
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Estara
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Lorena
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A fun read with a great, strong, female protagonist. I could quibble about the fact that the setting and the plot could have been a little more fleshed out, and transformed this from a really good book to a fantastic book, but...eh. It was a good, light read.
Tatiana
Apr 03, 2012 marked it as dnf
Reminded me of Shards of Honor. Unfortunately can't see the appeal the others seem to see. ...more
Text Addict
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Seriously off-base descriptive text on this book - it's more original than it seems at first glance (oy, that cover!). But subtlety doesn't fit well into a couple of paragraphs written by the Marketing Department, I guess.
Holly Wood
May 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
what the hell was that
Simba
Oct 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Comfort re-read. Having a hard time getting wound up about anything except non-fiction right now.
Thuan
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf

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

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boudour
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: g-fantasy, g-romance
What a lovely little story. I went in expecting a tropey enemies to lovers story with a Fae-like Forest King, inhumanely handsome and powerful (which would have suited me just fine, that's music to my id) and instead I got this thoughtful story and loveable characters. The friendship, loyalty (and when it came to it, yes, romance) all creeped up on me, I just loved the interplay between the characters. Tevra was in turn strong and vulnerable, canny and obtuse, a pleasure of a female protagonist ...more
Samah Khan
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m giving this book 3.75/5 on how much of a fun, short read it was. It was the book equivalent of a quick, but pleasurable, romp in the hay. Warning to anyone who reads it: the blurb is deceiving. The story has nothing much to do with taming a forest king. It’s a love triangle centred on a woman who is one of the strongest female protagonists I have ever read. And the ending was satisfying for the time it took to get there, but it didn’t feel boring to read because the writing was very enjoyabl ...more
Kay
A light and well written fantasy novel. It's quite refreshing to read about a strong female protagonist who is also a military commander. She lives by a strong code of ethics and morals that got her the position of being viceroy, but she's still flexible and open-minded to be a compelling hero.

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
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Shelby
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good story that tried a bit too hard. The flowery descriptions and adjective choices were a bit over-the-top, but if you can get past them you are in for an interesting story. I quite like the main character, she is a battle-hardened Colonel with a quick mind. Her 2nd in command, Hetwith, is a delight. It's fast paced and entertaining. A short read for sure.
I almost didn't continue reading after finding somewhere in the first two chapters the phrase "flower-spangled meadow." That bit still di
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Stephanie
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I did not expect to love this, but I do, very much. This is one of the rare novels where I do not mind the love triangle. Not only that, I am happy with the way Tevra dealt with her suitors and who she eventually chose.

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.
Shai
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.
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