Title – The Forgotten Mountain
Author – Heather Lyons
Publication Date – June 25, 2015
Series – The Collectors’ Society, #3
After 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.
Just when I thought I had the game mapped out, Heather Lyons wrote The Forgotten Mountain and threw me for a total loop. It’s everything I’ve come to expect from The Collectors’ Society series, but with a whole new twist. It’s just as deceptive and winding as the previous books in the series, yet also innovative in a completely different way. If you haven’t read the first two books in the series, this review will contain spoilers.
“But time is not always a generous mistress. Time allows slow changes, the warping of beliefs based upon observations both common and uncommon.”
Heather Lyons once again takes beloved characters of stories past and adds her own spin to them while still maintaining a level of authenticity. The highlight for me though was getting to really see a different side of all her characters in the third book. With the fates of their men unknown, Alice and Mary really have to become even stronger than readers have previously experienced. Though we saw pieces and knew Alice’s inclinations, it shone so much more prominently in The Forgotten Mountain. If you’re a fan of Alice, I have no doubts you will love her more by novel’s end! While I had appreciated all the characters in the first two books, different attributions appear and relationships are formed, that made me adore them even more.
“Make no mistake about it: we are at war. We fight not only for ourselves, but for those who will never meet us, who will never know our names. I am asking much of you all. When you joined the Collectors’ Society, you probably could not fathom that someday you would be asked to put your life on the line for those you will never know.”
As we’re brought further into the mystery of what has happened, I find myself yearning more and more to never escape this adult fantasy series. The Forgotten Mountain is action-packed with equal parts of suspense and romance. Lyons enchants in both an exciting and nostalgic manner. Once you pick it up, prepare to lose several hours of time because the last thing you’ll want to do is put it down.
“Madness – that old, dear friend of mine – has come home for a visit. And I welcome its return with open arms.”
I have been so strongly pulled into this fantasy world that Heather Lyons has created. The characters are nefarious and complicated, mysterious and nostalgic. The crossover between stories readers have come to love is absolute brilliance. Not to mention, the writing style of Lyons is unpredictable and mesmerizing. What she has done is so inventive and works perfectly for the ideas she spins with these personalities. If you haven’t started this series yet, you are seriously missing it out. The Forgotten Mountain is the best yet, and I have no doubt that the series will go out with a bang in the next book!
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Don’t Miss the Previous Books in the Series!
The Collectors’ Society (The Collectors’ Society #1)
The Hidden Library (The Collectors’ Society, #2)
The Lost Codex (The Collectors’ Society #4)
The 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.
Heather 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.