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A Triad in Three Acts: The Complete Forester Trilogy

(Tales of the Forest #1-3)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  13 reviews
“There is always a way.”
Kelnaht, Taruif, and Ianys are meant to be together, but old promises and the decree of the elders prevent them from claiming each other openly at Solstice. Kelnaht can investigate murder and foul play, but he can’t see how he can keep both his lovers without breaking the rules. But if he believes in the guide’s words and trusts his faith in Ma’
ebook, 1st Edition, 309 pages
Published August 15th 2016 by Cayendi Press
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Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
4 Stars

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*I received a free ecopy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

First things first, this book is a collection of three different stories, all of which revolve around the same main characters, compiled together into a total of roughly 300 pages. Although each book is available separately, they are also available combined, and that's what this review is for. Now that that has been cleared up...

Wow, the world-building in this book was incredible! Until recen
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I grew up reading fantasy books like Piers Anthony, Terry Brooks, and so many other wonderful fantasy authors and so I was thrilled when I got the opportunity to review a book that has two of my favorite genres combined—Fantasy and all male triads. This book was a joy to read, and since it is the complete series put together, I didn’t have to wait for the next book in the series to come out. And another plus in my book is that I d
Elaine White
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book – A Triad in Three Acts (The Complete Forester Trilogy)
Author – Blaine D. Arden
Star rating - ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 309
Cover – Stunning!
POV – 1st person
Would I read it again – YES!
Genre – LGBT, MMM, Fantasy, Elves, Mystery

Reviewed for Divine Magazine

A Triad in Three Acts lives up to its name. Told in three acts: The Forester, Lost and Found, and Full Circle: the short stories compile into one cohesive novel that tells the story of Kelnaht, the truth seeker,
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Review

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From that review: "I read The Forester, the first book in The Tales of the Forest series by Blaine D. Arden when it first came out and promptly fell in love. Drawn to the story by the lush, incredible cover by Simone' and then by the tale of fae, a thwarted love and a triad, other elements in these tales drew me in and made me a complete adoring following of the series. The second book, Lost and Foun
Colin Hardy
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it
As the lead character is a truth seeker elf, a sort of detective with added skills, the plot revolves around his investigation of cases. As this is a trilogy of short stories, each ‘act’ follows him on a different case. At the same time his personal relationships allow for examination of the culture within which he lives. This mechanism works well and allows for good character development of the key individuals. Whilst this is true of the central characters the secondary individuals are less wel ...more
Oct 13, 2020 rated it liked it
A solid mixture of romance, fantasy and crime/mystery, although none of the ingredients particularly shines. The crime/mystery plots tends towards the dull and depressing. The romance is pretty shallow since very little relationship development occurs on page (mostly sex/advance due to external influence, not gradually growing intimacy or characters getting to know each other). The fantasy element is not very original. Gained some points due to finishing strong (Act III was the best one).
Carol (bookish_notes)
The blurb was confusing but I decided to give this book the benefit of the doubt because some authors just aren’t great at writing blurbs. Sadly, this is still a DNF for me. There’s an over abundance of commas and it makes the book very hard to read.
Helena Stone
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A fantasy featuring elves, bringing us three mysteries in need of solving, as well as the touching and hot story of three men finding a way to share their love and lives despite the odds being stacked against them; what’s not to love? Especially when all of that comes in the form of a well written, perfectly balanced, not overly angsty, but very gripping, sexy, and touching tale.

While the three separate stories in this trilogy all bring their own mystery for Kelna
Killian Louis
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, but it took me a while to get into the story.
The characters were generally very likeable, although I don't believe I ever truly warmed up to the blacksmith. He just didn't work for me, but the others did. The world was very interesting, and I enjoyed the plot and the obstacles thrown in their way. Nice little bite of fantasy, and very well written. Quite enjoyed it.
Annette Gisby
Orignally posted at The Romance Reviews

A wonderful mix of fantasy, magic and mystery with characters to fall in love with.

Three books in one, The Forester Trilogy includes the tales The Forester, Lost and Found and Full Circle. I'm glad I got to read them all at once, because each flowed into the other and made a much more satisfying read.

Kelnaht is a the truth seeker of his tribe, much like a modern day detective or investigator, but has natural magical t
Riina Y.T.
Sep 14, 2016 marked it as unable-to-finish
Not sure what to do with this one.

The mix of fantasy, magic and mystery is nice and well mixed so far.

Kelnaht is a truth seeker elf. When a female elf of their tribe is found dead he's sent to investigate the murder. During his investigation he has to interact with Ianys, his ex-boyfriend, and Taruif, a shunned elf who he has had a thing for for ages. Ianys and Taruif are together, secretly, and Kelnaht is torn between jealousy and lust for both men.

There's also Kelnaht's apprentice, some old
Victoria Zagar
Kelnaht is a truth-seeker, basically a detective with the magical ability to reach inside a person and see their memories. Ianys is his ex-partner, a blacksmith who left Kelnaht in order to be with his vowed wife and start a family. Taruif is a shunned Forester, a man who can manipulate plants but because of a tragedy, he has been sentenced to live alone and only speak with the village guide. These three find an unlikely love in each other, but their love affair is illicit. Ianys stands to lose ...more
Dennis Crotts
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly Impressed

Had a hard time setting my reader down the series is so well written that the story line never stops or gets confusing. To be honest I fell in love with the book from the beginning to the end. The author show how to weave many stores lines together so perfectly and not loose the reader and not to many authors has this ability.
Highly recommend this series
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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

Other books in the series

Tales of the Forest (5 books)
  • The Forester: Forester Triad Act One (Tales of the Forest, #1)
  • Lost and Found: Forester Triad Act Two (Tales of the Forest, #2)
  • Full Circle: Forester Triad Act Three (Tales of the Forest, #3)
  • Oren's Right (Tales of the Forest, #4)

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