The Forgotten Tale
Forsyth Turn has finally become a hero—however reluctantly. But now that Lucy Piper has married him and they’ve started a family in her world, his adventuring days are behind him. Yet not all is as it should be. Beloved novels are disappearing at an alarming rate, not just from the minds of readers like Pip, but from bookshelves as well. Almost as if they had never been. Almost like magic.
Forsyth fears that it is his fault—that Pip’s childhood tales are vanishing because he, a book character, has escaped his pages. But when he and Pip are sucked back into The Tales of Kintyre Turn against their will, they realize that something much more deadly and dire is happening. The stories are vanishing from Forsyth’s world too. So Forsyth sets out on a desperate journey across Hain to discover how, and why, the stories are disappearing… before their own world vanishes forever.
In this clever follow-up to The Untold Tale, The Forgotten Tale questions what it means to create a legacy, and what we owe to those who come after us.
Praise for The Accidental Turn series.
If I could mark this as 10/5 stars, I would, but that's impossible, so 5/5 it is, with much hearts and swoons. The Untold Tale is delicious, each word meant to be savoured, breathed in, nibbled at, full of hidden delight and wonder. -- Ana Tan, A Tsp blog
This story is nothing short of fun, unexpected, and a little bit queer. If your interested in a Science Fiction/Fantasy undertaking with all of the ingredients of a queer anthology, The Untold Tale is for you. - Dallas Barnes, PInk Play Magazine
“I started reading Untold Tale, and was captivated. This superb novel grabbed me from the opening sentence, and never let go. The very best fantasy stories show us fresh new settings in which deeds and events matter—but first and foremost, they give us colorful, captivating characters we fall in love with, or love to hate, or are fascinated by.
Untold Tale does all of this, and more. We see someone from a world we know plunged into a world that is strange to us, through the eyes of that unfamiliar world. And we care what happens to her, and to everyone we meet in Untold Tale’s pages.
And the whole tale is several clever twists on the oh-so-familiar fantasies we’ve read before.
I want more. Books more” —Ed Greenwood, Forgotten Realms
I think that J.M. Frey's The Untold Tale is the most important work of fantasy written in 2015. It may be the most important work of fantasy written this decade, but I'll have to get back to you on that in 2020. -- Mike Perschon, PhD
Being a part of a family, however unconventional, is an integral theme of Frey's clever, adventurous, and endearing second Turn novel (after The Untold Tale). After living in reality for two years, Forsyth Turn has grown accustomed to not being just a character in the pages of a book. When classic books and everyone's memories of them start disappearing, Forsyth seems to be the only one who notices. Abruptly pulled back into his fictitious realm of Hain by an anger-driven Deal Maker spirit and an unhappy teenager, Forsyth discovers a connection between the missing books and the vanishing constellations in his home world. He begins an epic quest to find the stars, the books, and a way back home, joined by his brother, Kintyre; Kintyre's partner, Bevel Dom; their newly discovered son, Wyndam; Forsyth's his beloved wife, Pip; and their toddler daughter, Alis. As in the previous novel, the thought-provoking story discusses the stereotypical role of women in fantasy novels, but more focus is placed on the characters' struggles with their familial roles and relationships, creating depth and commonality.