Born in shame. Cast from society. Shape-shifter/elf hybrid Forest must fight for any respect she can get. Targeted in her youth by a vampire noble who placed an illegal slave mark on her, she is forced to obey him no matter what. Slipping the grip of her master and abandoning the prejudice of Regia, her native world, Forest takes a job on Earth, guarding the portal, using her skills as a warrior to enforce Regia's laws. Now, called home for a black ops mission, Forest must put aside her own prejudice to transport the vampire prince, Syrus, through enemy territory in a time of war. Prince Syrus, mage and master of the Blood Kata, wants Forest more than he's ever wanted anything. In spite of their mutual mistrust, their attraction cannot be denied. Through the danger of their mission and the secrets they both keep, it doesn't matter what they feel. Forest is forbidden.
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I really couldn't get into this book. I didn't particularly like Forest as a character, which is always a bad start, and the characters surrounding her where a equally as bad. The storyline sounded good but to be honest I found it a bit dull and dragging. I love Khristine Hvam as a narrator and she did a great job as usual, but even she wasn't enough to get me through this one and I gave up around chapter 5.
"Forbidden Forest -- Awesome World Building"
I listen to lots of fantasy and this is a great read, or is that listen. Anyway,Forest, the shape-shifting heroine, is strong, sassy and happy to kick-ass and take names. Normally audio books are for drive time and chores, but I found myself listening for just a few more minutes until I'd finished it in two days!
The world is rich and well developed and the characters are fierce, real, and ones you love and love to hate. Forest is my favorite, but I also loved Cyrus and the way Dracula makes a cameo . . . you have to read it to find out.
This book made me laugh and cry, but I won't spoil it by telling you where.
"recommended, a surprising find, very enjoyable"
I'm glad I listened to it - a surprisingly good story. i wasn't sure at the first chapter but by chapter 4 I was hooked and from there to the end I could hardly stop listening to the audible version.. I love finding these hidden gems, and it increases the reading pleasure to find a new author and series to follow.
"A cool new view of other world fey"
I'll be getting the next one, vampires eating solid food is a bit strange, but their world is a different portal world so who knows ? A bit of change is good. Great Narration !
The top as this is my first audiobook.
The chemistry between Forest and Syrus is great and the book is so exciting! Would recommend to anybody who likes action books with a little romance!
The change in her voice depending on who she was playing.
"Intriguing Story with fabulous narration"
I really enjoyed the Forbidden Forest. I listened to this on the road and it’s been a couple weeks. Forest is the main character and she is a shifter/elf. The next vampire king is placed in her care while she transports him into the forest to see a wizard who took away his eyesight so he can restore it. As much as the story is about restoring his eyesight it’s not. It’s more a tale of love between Forest and the future vampire king.
What caught me and kept my attention was the imperfections in both. Forest as a half breed is unwelcomed or accepted by society and whoever heard of a blind vampire. No one. Their imperfections and how they handle them made it a good story. It gave them character as they journeyed into the forest and brought them together as they got to know one another.
I listened to the audio version I want to give the narrator Khristine Hvam her share in the story. She did an excellent job. In fact I think she gave the book justice. It was a great story but her narration breathed life that wasn’t there into the characters.
I love fantasy and suspense. This book had both. I absolutely recommend it for anyone who loves at least one. Fantastic story.
"this was a unique tail"
full of werewolves, vampire, shape shifter, and elves. a tail worth listening to. the story keeps you in suspension. as well as has moment of detail that allows you to fully image the scenes. I will most definitely be getting the rest of the series.
"Beware of cliffhanger."
I liked the characters.
It is a romance/quest story.
Any time Syrus was eating human food.
The abruptness of the ending annoyed me.
"World Building Showcase"
Forbidden Forest gave you the predictable outlines of a paranormal read with a very unpredictable filling. I loved the fact that the characters were all creature types I am familiar. As a reader of a lot of paranormal you can definitely get a little bored with the traditional vampire, werewolf, and wizard type of cast. However the author mixed in Elf, and Ogre which was a pleasant surprise. The shape shifter angle was great and I wish the author would have given me a little more background or interaction with that.
Now in regards to the story, Forest reminded me of the reluctant lover. She did not want to love or be loved because the introduction to what she felt was love was so twisted. And although it was clear Leaf was a “bad guy” it was not clear how exactly. I did not realize Forest had no part in it until Cyrus exposed the story. I wish the author would have let Forest tell it. In reality that would have brought home the point of healing on the matter for Forest. The fact that it took the memory was kind of lame to me. The queen’s role was foggy and the overall goal of the bad guys was not truly conveyed in my opinion. But the world the author built was beautiful and believable. I feel like I could have stumble upon Regia myself. Wonder read overall, I will be reading book 2.
"Good but I wanted more"
Good but the romance and the ending felt a bit rushed. A lot of reviewers I follow said that this was their favorite book EVER though so I might have to give it another go and update... It was definitely good.
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