book review, Non ARC

The Silenced Tale (The Accidental Turn: Book 4) by J. M. Frey

The Silenced Tale (The Accidental Turn, #3)

5 Stars

Publisher: 

Date of publication: December 12th, 2017

Genre: Fantasy

Series: The Accidental Turn

Ghosts – Book 0.5 (review here)

The Untold Tale – Book 1 (review here)

The Forgotten Tale – Book 2 (review here)

Arrivals – Book 2.5 (review here)

The Silenced Tale – Book 3

Where you can find The Silenced Tale: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Forsyth Turn never wanted to be a hero. And yet, even in the Overrealm, a hero is what he’ll be.

After their last adventure in Hain, Forsyth expected to return to the life he’d built with Pip and Alis, his days of magic and heroics behind him. But then Pip starts suffering night terrors laced with images of glowing ivy and Elgar Reed calls with fears of bizarre threats and a man garbed all in black.

But there is no magic in the Overrealm. Forsyth refuses to believe that anything other than mundane coincidence is at work—until Elgar’s stalker leaves him a message too eerie and specific to ignore. Now, he has to face the possibility that Pip’s dreams and Elgar’s fears are connected . . . and that maybe they weren’t the only ones to escape the pages of The Tales of Kintyre Turn.

And if that’s the case, it’s going to take more than a handful of heroes to save the day this time. It’s going to take an army. Luckily, Reed fans are legion.

A stunning conclusion to the series, The Silenced Tale is a genre-bending whirlwind that breathes life into the idea that the power of story lies not just with the creator, but with the fans who love it.

Trigger Warning: Stalking, talk of domestic violence

My review:

The Accidental Turn series is one of my top 10 favorite series. I have loved every single book (and short story) that was in the series. I was very much looking forward to The Silenced Tale. I am happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed by this book at all. The Silenced Tale was everything that I expected and then some. The Silenced Tale weaves a magical tale that will not let you go.

The plot of The Silenced Tale was great. It is split between Forsyth, Pip, and Alis in Victoria, British Columbia and Eglar in Seattle, Washington. , Elgar has noticed that there are odd things happening. Like the eyes of his favorite waitress changing color. But when he is attacked, he realizes that there is something very sinister out to get him. Forsyth, Pip, and Alis have settled into their lives in Victoria. But things are far from normal. Something is happening to Pip and it is not good. She cannot sleep without having nightmares. When Elgar calls Forsyth to tell him what is happening to him, Forsyth seems to think that they are related. And that they are tied to Pip, Alis, and Forsyth’s escape from Hain. Everything is revealed at a comic con where Elgar is a guest speaker. Who is the man in black? Why has he singled out Elgar, Pip, Forsyth, and Alis? What does he want?

Elgar became a little more likable in The Silenced Tale. He made an effort to stay in Forsyth, Pip, and Alis’s lives. He was trying to forge a relationship with them. But it was hard after the events of The Forgotten Tale. But, like I said, he was trying. I did feel kind of bad for him about that. He screwed up big time and he was trying to make it right. Which kind of made me feel bad considering how the book ended.

Forsyth shone in this book. While Elgar was dealing with his stalker, Forsyth was trying to figure out who it was while dealing with Pip’s sudden health issues. Plus he was taking care of a toddler. Not easy. Forsyth and Pip decided that they should be with Elgar, regardless of how they felt about him. Forsyth tried to unravel who Elgar’s stalker was before the accident. It was after that he decided that he need to be with him. I loved seeing Forsyth’s growth in this series. It was amazing!!

I was not surprised at who the villain was. I thought the author did a great job of keeping his identity a secret. Well somewhat of a secret. Pip’s vines glowing were a huge tip-off for me about who the villain was. It was creepy at how he went about trying to destroy Elgar. I was glad to see him get what he needed at the end of the book.

The end of the book blew my mind. I can’t get into anything without giving away the ending. But I will say this: Pip owned it. Did she ever!! Also, there was a huge surprise that I was not expecting. But going with what happened previously in the book, I should have seen it coming. I thought the epilogue was very sad. But it wrapped everything up perfectly.

I would give The Silenced Talk an Older Teen rating. While there is no sex, there is language and violence. I would not let anyone younger than 16 read this book. There are also trigger warnings. There are stalking and talk of domestic abuse.

This is a book that I would gladly reread. I would also recommend it to family and friends.

Pros of The Silenced Tale:

A) Insight into Elgar’s past and what makes him tick

B) Pip and Forsyth’s relationship

C) Alis

Cons of The Silenced Tale:

A) Pip’s illness and what/who it was related too

B) Lack of Bevel and Kintyre

C) The TV show based on the books. I wasn’t a fan of that storyline.

I would like to thank J.M. Frey for allowing me to read and review The Silenced Tale.

All opinions in this review of The Silenced Tale are mine.

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

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