- File Size: 5079 KB
- Print Length: 122 pages
- Publisher: Sinister Horror Company (August 19, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 19, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074KLWSND
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,648 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Forest Underground Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Both Luna and Dr Sizemore have turbulent histories. These two characters are explored thoroughly and this is one of the books strengths. There is a deliciously dark atmosphere that remains prevalent throughout. Through the therapy sessions, Faust creates vivid images for the reader and the writing is crisp and on-point. I went into reading this book with no knowledge of what is was about. What I found was that I had read an engaging, original slightly odd psychological horror story that bodes very well for Lydian’s future as a storyteller.
4/5 flashbacks from the Grim Reader.
So with that in mind, the same things could be said about this novella—but I loved it.
I've put some effort into figuring that little contradiction in myself out and I'll try to work through it for you.
I think what makes this work so well on that fairytale associated level for me is that it's not cute or like 'naughty'. It's not thickly layered on, like a cloying treacle. It's never really made the spotlight, and the reason it feels right for me is that the fairytale aspects are implied, and mostly presented and framed by a well-rendered unreliable narrator. It feels almost like Luna (and LF) know what you are expecting from a 'Dark Fairytale'... but they both play with that and subvert it. This author knows about people like me, and knows, I think, how important it is to find a grounding in some lateral way to keep my aversion to some aspects of the higher concept of this from being too heavily set off.
Without spoilers then I'll say that I was continuously impressed and satisfied with the ways in which this writer fused grounded, gritty realism, horrific dark elements, and the more fantastic and surreal aspects.
And there are real moments of brilliance in this work. It's very good overall... but there are parts that come together and even subtler nods that show much more going on beneath the surface.
Luna is now a favorite character of mine. She, her family, and the forest they inhabit are so well fleshed out that I didn't want Luna's stories to end.
I guess that's a big part of why it worked so well for me—as cliche as it sounds, this dark and breathing world was a place I didn't want to leave, even with its sinister and frightening layers.
I will read anything this author publishes going forward.
I also liked the vibe of this book and how much of it has the feel of a really disturbing fairy tale. You won't be sure what's real or not and what the full story is behind the central character and I think that makes the story very effective.
Faust has a great knack for character and she really delves into them in this story and lets their complexities shine through. This is not a paint-by-numbers story with paper-thin characters. This entire book breathes with a feeling of depth and maturity.
It's a quick read but don't let that fool you. There is a lot going on in here.
Just a few extra ingredients to create a better story, though.
Add some gore. Suspense. And twists and turns that all come to a more than satisfying ending.
What do you get? #ForestUnderground. A novella worth reading that will make you wanting more stories of equal creativity, execution, and character-building from Faust.
This story is a good example of what 21st century authors of the dark have to offer to the world. The story was also perfect in its length. It didn't feel overdrawn and left the reader with a few "I wonder what happens next?" I recommend this book to anyone unfamiliar with Faust and is looking for a new great writer, or anyone who is into dark horror or tales of the macabre