Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke
ARC received via NetGalley for an honest review.
Publish Date: April 28, 2020
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 writing and the characters that come to life right before your eyes. There are times when I wonder to myself what the heck did I just read, but in the best way possible.
Seven Endless Forests was magical and held true to all of Tucholke’s standard of other works. This being set in the same world as The Boneless Mercies had a lot of little easter eggs from the first book hidden within its pages. I kind of wish I had reread The Boneless Mercies before jumping into this book just so all the stories and references would have been fresh on the brain. But even so, it was still a really amazing read.
I love how even though you feel a connection to the characters, you still stand apart and read this as more of a story being told rather than a part of the story as it happens. Its hard to explain how Tucholke’s writing makes you feel. I feel connected but separate from the characters all at once. I am interested but still feel like I’m reading a bedtime story that has been passed down for generations. Its such a unique way of writing that I find I fall in love with a little more with each book I read of hers.
Seven Endless Forests while being a standalone leaves the readers ready for more of this world by the end. Its like we were introduced to so many amazing characters with the potential for so much adventure and story to be had. I’m hoping that there will be more set in this world because its just so intriguing! I love how there is magic but its so common that its not set apart from the rest of the world building. There is an ease to the way the world within these books works and it seems every bit as natural as breathing. I love that the female characters are so strong and independent as well. There aren’t the fair maidens you are used to reading about, but instead strong willed and powerful women who come into their own on the pages right before your eyes.
The touch of romance was also perfect considering I’m a sucker for any type of love story, you get a sense for the chemistry between characters, but its such a small part of the bigger story. These books are not based on the love story but more so the journey that the characters take and how they grow as individuals. And if there happens to be a little kiss here or there, then so be it, but it will not in any way take away from the story you are devouring at the time.
I can’t wait to see what Tucholke comes up with next, hopefully another set in this magical world she has created because I will snatch it up in a heartbeat. 100% would recommend this book and all her others!!
If you liked this book:
I would hope that if you are reading Seven Endless Forests, then you will have already read this book. But in the off chance that you are picking it up without having read The Boneless Mercies then do yourself a favor and treat your mind to another adventure from this same world with a different group of characters that you will also fall head over heels in love with. There are so many different references to the Mercies in Seven Endless Forests its a shame to not be able to recognize them all! I just love this world that Tucholke has built and can’t wait to read more of these unique and magical stories. Hopefully this will be enough to get you through until the next book is written!
Do you have an author that always amazes you with their stories? Do you agree that sometimes its hard to explain how a certain way an author writes makes you feel? Tucholke does this to me every time. I have a hard time really trying to explain what I just read even though its still so fresh on the brain! I’d love to hear what you all think! Let me know in the comments below!