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The Forester: Forester Triad Act One

(Tales of the Forest #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  43 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)
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Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-m
Three gay elves in a threeway relationship. Come on, that's a must-read, right?

I'm not always a fan of High Fantasy in m/m, but this story really made my Holy Eve ;-)


Kelnaht, a winged elf who is his tribe's truth seeker, is in charge of investigating the murder of a young female elf. She was found dead in a forest clearing. Kel's powers quickly determine the most obvious perp: The Forester, Taruif, a shunned wingless elf who builds the homes of the tribe members, much like a human carpenter. Ke
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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
Serena Yates
Oct 28, 2016 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
A nice read, but there a reason I am not a fan on ménage. Not to mention that Kel and Ianis didn’t work for me, not with all that pent up anger Kel carried with him for so many years.

3.5 stars
Not easy for me to rate. On the one hand there is a new world to explore, a world of elves with special gifts and responsibilities; a world obviously with strict rules for its society and there is a murder that has to be solved logically but in an elvish way. I enjoyed the writing style that fit perfectly to the mystery part, some Philpp Marlow turned elf. I was thankful that there was info-dumping like in so many other short fantasy stories, here the information about the complex society is sub ...more
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: promo-deals
An interesting premise with heaps of potential but the story lacked something for me.
I remember not being impressed with the romance angle, Ianys needed throwing to to the curb. The concept of a magical CSI was interesting and the world with it's tree houses.

Liked it, but not enough to read on in the series.
Kari Rhiannon (Moon Magister Reviews)
I just wanted some polyamory rep and instead had to read this fetishising rubbish with my own two eyes.

This is why I don’t read m/m written by cis straight ladies. Believe me, queer people can think about things other than sex 🙃
Dec 02, 2011 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
Dec 08, 2011 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
Mar 28, 2014 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
May 11, 2012 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 myster ...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
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
The perfect read for tea and cookies. And I wonder what it would feel like to have wings?
Jun 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Ianys has NOT earned the forgiveness of Kelnaht. 1 star.
Jun 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
I wasn't expecting much so I put a 3 week time frame to read it. I read it in 4 days. ...more
Jul 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed The Forester: Forester Triad Act One and fully intend to read as many books in the series as Blaine D. Arden writes.
Tori Thompson
Mar 25, 2014 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 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 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 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
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
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poly, mm, fantasy, romance
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Dec 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
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
Apr 25, 2014 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 11, 2014 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 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. ...more
Brenda Cothern
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, m-m, romance
Want a dash of fantasy, forensics, & mystery? Than this is the book for you!
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Blaine D. Arden is an EPIC Award-winning author of Romantic Speculative Fiction and Suspense who sings her way through life in platform boots.

For most of her sheltered youth, Blaine read, daydreamed, and made up stories. As she grew up, she slowly transitioned from telling them to her favourite doll and acting them out with her Barbies, to putting pen to paper. Her motto is Our difference is our s

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Tales of the Forest (5 books)
  • Lost and Found: Forester Triad Act Two (Tales of the Forest, #2)
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