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Seven Endless Forests

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  463 ratings  ·  180 reviews
In this gorgeous standalone companion to the critically acclaimed fantasy, The Boneless Mercies, April Tucholke spins a bold and blood-hungry retelling of the King Arthur legend that is perfect for fans of Naomi Novik, Garth Nix, and Laini Taylor.

On the heels of a devastating plague, Torvi’s sister, Morgunn, is stolen from the family farm by Uther, a flame-loving Fremish w
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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I wish I read an encyclopedia instead of this book.

Well, okay, not any encyclopedia. A fantastical one. A magic-y fairytale-y encyclopedia documenting the crazy cool little things of a made-up world. Written by April Genevieve Tucholke. It can even be about the universe of this book, for all I care.

This author is a complete full-on genius at making up worlds. The world-building here is legitimately stellar.

It’s the everything else that I’m not a fan of.

This author is so good at creating worlds p
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
This is my first read from the author. It's a bit of getting used to because the character and location names are so foreign to me though Pig Witch and its living situation is funny. This story relive the past often, like how Torvi met Viggo, how the Butcher Bard came to town, wolf-priest came to their farm, etc. I'm not a fan of flash back. The knife dance is interesting and the Bard are sure bold to wear it in that place they chose. I like the old beliefs that the needles of the red pine tree ...more
Hannah Greendale
April Genevieve Tucholke can always be counted on for lyricism and sensory writing, but this book lacks the gravity of its predecessor. It’s an imaginative retelling of the Arthurian legend, but it often spirals into tangential legends and mostly sees its characters sitting fireside, smoking pipes and drinking Vite.
Candace Robinson
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I saw there was going to be a companion to The Boneless Mercies, I knew I needed it! And this cover alone is golden!

Torvi was the perfect MC with an emotional backstory. On her journey, she doesn’t forget about what had happened to her in her past, but instead, let it make her new path stronger. Madoc was probably my favorite side character, but I loved them all, especially the Pig Witch, too!

I always love Tucholke’s writing so much! This book was beautiful and strong and I never wanted it
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I received this ARC via NetGalley for an honest review

See this review and others like it on the blog here

After reading any of Tucholke's books you have to sit a minute and soak in everything you just experienced. Because that's what reading her books are like. An experience. They feel like some forgotten folklore that has been uncovered and is now being told for the first time in a hundred or more years. You are sucked in with the magical feel of the w
Mara YA Mood Reader
9/7/2020: Been struggling with loss of interest in most things this year.....can’t concentrate so no rating on this DNF

8/2/2019: All I needed to hear was Arthurian Legend! I am here!

2/25/2020: Okay but why yet another gotta-save-my-sister plot 😫? Come on! Other than that I am here for Druids and Tucholke
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell
I'm getting SABRIEL/BONE HOUSES vibes from this and I am all for it.
Holy crap. I need another book by this author stat!

Seven Endless Forests was a wild ride. All the world-building in this was amazing and I sort of wished it existed. Besides the world, this book had so many characters. Probably way too many to keep track of but they were all equally interesting and entertaining. Not quite sure if I even really connected to one in particular but I was more here for the ride.

Other than that, this was supposed to have some Arthur vibes.. but wasn't really getting t
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2020
The Seven Endless Forests is a book that I can probably only review through a pros / cons list.

- The writing in this book is absolutely gorgeous. It feels like old-fashioned fantasy without ever being boring or clunky. This was definitely one of my favorite aspects of the book.
- The world-building is truly impressive. It's clear that Tucholke has thought a lot about this world and all of the stories it contains. There's tons of lore scattered throughout the story. The whole experience rem
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Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke

ARC provided by Macmillan and April Genevieve Tucholke via NetGalley. All opinions are mine and freely given.

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05-21: 'Seven Endless Forests' by April Genevieve Tucholke is a standalone companion to a 2018 title called 'The Boneless Mercies.' It's an interesting retelling of the legend of King Arthur.. melded with distinctly Norse influences, though here they're called th
Caidyn (he/him/his)
I received an ARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!

DNF at 50%

When I read The Boneless Mercies, I thought it was a good book with fantastic writing, but the characters weren't that interesting and the plot was rather nonexistent. I attributed that to not being a huge Beowulf fan, so when I requested this, I hoped I would like it more since I love Arthurian mythology.

But, I came across the same issues.

The retelling wasn't really a retelling. Uther was mentioned a few times and th
Fantastic, Tucholke is such a beautiful writer and her female characters are written so well. If you loved The Boneless Mercies, you will love this. I really hope this author decides to write more books set in this world, it is so lush + well developed. This specific story had quite the adventure/quest and really pulled at the heart strings. I LOVED IT.
Tabi⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ
Feb 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: netgalley, edelweiss
oof that cover
Megan  (thebookishtwins)
disclaimer: I received a copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

After a devastating plague that swept through Torvi’s home, the only person she has left is her sister Morgunn. When Morgunn is taken by Uther, a flame-loving wolf-prief who leads a pack of wild starved girls, Torvi leaves the only home she has ever known on a quest to get her sister back. Joined by a druid and a band of Elsh artists known as the Butcher Bards, each with their own quests, they set out on their
Michaela (Journey into Books)
DNFed 45%

While I didn't hate this book it just wasn't able to capture my attention.

This book started off quite promising I was intrigued by the characters and the world being built up seemed pretty interesting however for some reason the more I read the more I felt myself disengaging from the story and the less ! cared about what was actually happening which ultimately led me to giving up on it.
Jun 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Is it just me or would this world make an excellent video game? (But not a PG version 😂)

I’m a sucker for a good sibling storyline, but the complex world/storytelling level felt like it dominated this book. Maybe I would feel differently if I read the companion book.
For all that world-building, I do hope we see this turn into a duology. If so, 3.5/5
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
SO badass. The last chapter (not the epilogue) was one of the best closings of a novel I’ve ever read.
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-s, reviews
When you've loved a book and you discover that there is a companion novel set in the same world as that book you obviously have to read it. But Seven Endless Forests was like going to see a band that you really love, only to discover that their new album isn't anywhere near as impressive.

Tucholke is a real poetic master. Her writing is the epitome of atmospheric and is absolutely the reason I persisted with a book that I was otherwise finding boring. Seven Endless Forests is marketed as a retell
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Fortune favors brave women.”

“We go nowhere alone, and everywhere together”

“I was no different than all who walk the earth, searching for something larger than themselves.”

Just a few of my favorite quotes from this book. And wow, can I just tell you how much I loved it??? Some of you may remember my review of The Boneless Mercies and I would just like to say that April Genevieve Tucholke DID IT AGAIN!! I loved this gender-bend retelling of King Arthur (from previous reviews you know tha
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
You know a book has done its job when you are so consumed with the story that you forget who and what you are. This loose retelling of the Arthur legend unexpectedly dug its claws into my heart through its atmospheric writing and magical aesthetic. The constant mention of what the characters are eating, drinking and even smoking (all very fancy herbal blends that they forage), really visualise the location.

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Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A companion to The Boneless Mercies and based off a Arthurian Legend? Y'all already know I was here for this book. And then I read it in about six hours. Really only paused to sleep on this one.

The thing I love about Tucholke's latest books is that they're based on legends most of us already know, and yet are spun in such a way that they're almost unrecognizable aside from the existence of a quest and, in this case, some important names and landmarks. She's truly a master of world-building,
Joanna Bennett
Rating: 2.5

After reading The Boneless Mercies last year I was excited to see there would be a companion novel. The one thing that I enjoy about this author is her world-building. She creates the lore and different magical groups so well. I really liked that this specific book had druids and bards. I can’t ever read enough books with those two groups in it. Unfortunately, the plot just wasn’t gripping enough.

The main character Torvi has lost a lot already and ends up losing her sister too. One of
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Seven Endless Forests is not so much of a retelling, as a story about a girl trying to save her sister. Told by her mother that all she is every going to be good for is someone's bride, Seven Endless Forests is a story about her journey of agency. A companion novel to The Boneless Mercies, you don't need to read the first to enjoy this one! The writing in this book was gorgeous, toei
Apr 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, ebook-copy
I didn't read The Boneless Mercies and - my bad - I didn't know this was a companion book. There were a few times when I didn't completely get the references to places or fantastic aspects of this story. At least, I personally felt like I was not able to grasp everything. It has a very slow pace, it's really descriptive and I often thought about giving up. Nevertheless, it's beautifully written and it was the only reason why I kept going. Nothing happens for big part of the book, often it's lots ...more
May 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Around a 3 and a 3.5 actually. It was a pretty good book.
Now im gonna say the things I didnt like, BUT beare with me I dont hate everything and this was a great book.
I felt that there were parts that needed more development.
A specific relationship that the author builds, for me it felt as if she decided that it was easier to do /some spoiler im gonna type in my computer another time/ rather than actually write the freaking development and bodinf the characters go through. Therefore to me Madoc
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to NetGalley, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, and April Genevieve Tucholke for the opportunity to read Seven Endless Forests in exchange for an honest review.

I loved Tucholke's style in Wink, Poppy, Midnight, and wanted to try something else from her. I do have Boneless Mercies, though I have not read it yet, as I understand it, Seven Endless Forests is a standalone companion piece to Boneless Mercies, which means you can read one without having read the other. If I had read Bon
Lyndall Clipstone
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I recieved an ARC from Edelweiss and absolutely adored this book. It has all of the things that draw me back constantly to Tucholke's books: heart-breakingly lush prose, expansive casts of unique characters, and the most atmospheric settings. It was wonderful to revisit the world of the Boneless Mercies again, and I loved all of the little references to how Frey and her mercies had impacted the world.
Jul 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: retellings
Look at this cover it is BEAUTIFUL!! And fulfils my desire for all the green covers!!
I need this book and this story!! I remember the writing was so beautiful in the first one (with was a companion to this-- both are standalones) as well!!
Jamie Dacyczyn
I'm not quite sure what to think of this book. I really enjoyed "Boneless Mercies" so I was psyched to get this companion book. Unfortunately, it took me ELEVEN days to get through it. Not a great sign...

If I'm honest, this might have been a DNF for me except for the timing. I started reading this the same weekend that "Hamilton" became available for streaming online. With that, I went from "barely knew anything about it" to "full blown obsessed" in one weekend....and this book got caught in the
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April Genevieve Tucholke is the author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Between the Spark and the Burn, Wink Poppy Midnight, The Boneless Mercies, and Seven Endless Forests. She also curated the horror anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys. Her books have been published in sixteen countries, and have received ten starred reviews. They have been selected for the Junior Library Guild, Ki ...more

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