The Forgotten Mountain by Heather Lyons – Review

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SynopsisAfter years spent in Wonderland, Alice Reeve learned the impossible was quite possible after all. She thought she left such fantastical realities behind when she finally returned to England.

Now Alice has become a member of the clandestine Collectors’ Society, and the impossible has found her again in the form of an elusive villain set on erasing entire worlds. As she and the rest of the Society race to bring this mysterious murderer to justice, the fight becomes painfully personal.

Lives are being lost. Loved ones are shattered or irrevocably altered. Each step closer Alice gets to the shadowy man she hunts, the more secrets she unravels, only to reveal chilling truths. If she wants to win this war and save millions of lives, Alice must once more embrace the impossible and make the unimaginable, imaginable.

Sometimes, the rabbit hole leads to terrifying places.

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Rebecca Review-001*This series must be read in order. My review may contain spoilers if you have not read the previous books.*

After the Kindle tossing cliffhanger from The Hidden Library, I have waited on bated breath for the continuation of Alice, Finn, and gang. This book resumes shortly after the end of THL. Like its predecessors, there is nonstop action from the first page until the last. Alice is on a rampage and will do anything to find out Gabe’s true identity. Despite all odds, she also believes she will find Finn and Victor. She is fiercely determined and lets no one stand in her way. It’s one of the many things I love about her, she doesn’t wait around waiting on others. She simply takes charge and does what she does best.

I do not play by his rules. I play by mine and mine alone. 

Ms. Lyons definitely keeps this series refreshing with her knowledge of literature. She is able to seamlessly blend classic literature with unique twists and turns at every corner. I learned more about fairy tales reading this book than I ever did as a child. There are also interesting new characters introduced in this installment that only add to the rich storyline. The A.D. has been present in the other books, but he takes on a more prominent role as he assists Alice. I found him to be so intriguing and can’t wait to see more of him in the next book. My adoration for Mary only grows, as does my suspicion of The Librarian. This is the most unique cast of characters in any Fantasy Series I’ve read.

I refuse to allow such an ending to this fairy tale, or my own. I cannot fail in this quest. None of us can.

I thought nothing could top the ending of THL. Sadly, I was wrong because this one is a doozie! I never could have predicted what happened and weeks later still cannot truly understand its full meaning. I will definitely be on pins and needles until the fourth and final installment. I have complete faith in Alice to be the Queen she is meant to be.

“She is my fairytale come to life.”

If you are looking for a unique and action filled series, I can’t recommend The Collectors’ Society enough!


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ExcerptThe van door behind us slides shut. A click signals Marianne’s adherence to my wishes, and then we three descend upon the front door, the crunch of dead leaves and twigs beneath our feet cutting through the uneasy silence the gloom sunrise has brought. In a surprising show of gentlemanly manners, the A.D. moves to open the door. When the handle does not depress, a half smile curves his lips. “It’s locked. But no worries. I can have it picked open in no time.”
“There is no need.”
Darkish-blonde brows scrunch together. “But—”
“Stand to the side, please.”
When he fails to move at my thinly veiled order, Mary not so gently yanks our companion away.
The door before us is thick. The handle is ornate. It is a beautiful door, no doubt chosen specifically to adorn a building as fine as Bücherei. It takes me three strong, measured swings of my war hammer against the handle and its surrounding area to break it apart and permanently scar its beauty. Picking a lock is kind, respectful even. A picked lock can be relocked. I do not wish this door to close behind me. I do not wish to be respectful of Bücherei.
The time for genteel manners is gone.
The A.D. is in danger of catching flies with his mouth as he ogles the door’s remnants. For someone who professes to be so clever, he certainly underestimates ladies far too often.
Stale darkness, oppressive and opaque all at once, looms before us. I am unafraid, though. I am not even taken aback. I believe in the impossible, after all. I have seen, lived the impossible.
I step past the wreckage into the house.

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Meet The Author-001Author PhotoHeather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.


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