The Forest God - Jamie Lackey (ARC)
"The Forest God, incarnated into the body of hare, ready to die and live again.
The Apprentice Witch, outcast and unwanted, unsure of her path.
The Young Lord, frivolous and rootless, inconsiderate of his duties.
Their three souls should be bound to a cycle of death and sacrifice, responsibility and rebirth. But the bonds lie broken and shrouded in mystery. The wood remains in precarious balance for now, but the village withers.
Only together, can they set things right."
I received The Forest God by Jamie Lackey for free by Air & Nothingness Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for getting in touch with this great opportunity!
The Forest God will be published on the 5th June 2020!
"Even if you knew you'd start a new life tomorrow, would you want to die today?"
In The Forest God we follow three lives that all become entwined. Margery, the witch's apprentice, hardened and isolated from the cruel world who judge her harshly on her appearance. As a result she has low confidence in herself and doubts her abilities whilst training with the witch to serve the Forest God.
Hugh, the young clueless lord of the land is superficial and spoiled convinced that he would never fall in love with someone that looks like Margery.
And the legendary Forest God reincarnated into a hare and content with his current life cycle but wary of the young lord.
When they are all thrown into a predicament they find that they can learn so much from each other in terms of love, friendship and overcoming prejudices. Ultimately realising that no matter how much the experience has changed each of them for the better sometimes in life you have to make the hard decision as they all face the responsibilities and duties they must honour.
Although it is a short story, it is full of action, love and lessons that can be translated into the real world with some super cute illustrations too! I connected to the characters straight away and devoured the book in one sitting.
The Forest God is a gentle and humorous yet heartbreaking story with great writing that will make you swoon.
Thank you so much to Air & Nothingness Press and Jamie Lackey for the opportunity to review, it was a pleasure to read! You can read more about the author and the publishers down below. The Forest God is available on GoodReads and Amazon.
About the Author
Jamie Lackey lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and their cat. She has had over 160 short stories published in places like Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex Magazine, and Escape Pod. Her debut novel, Left-Hand Gods, is available from Hadley Rille Books, and she has two short story collections published by Air and Nothingness Press: The Blood of Four Gods and A Metal Box Floating Between Stars. Jamie has contributed to Cities of Dust, Planes of Light, Polis, and the NevermorEarth, NeverwasEarth, and NeverisEarth anthologies. In addition to writing, she spends her time reading, playing tabletop RPGs, baking, and hiking. You can find her online at www.jamielackey.com and on Twitter.
About The Air & Nothingness Press
The Air and Nothingness Press was founded in 1997. Publisher of french poetry in translation, fantasy, science fiction and handmade books. Our author list includes Steph Swainston, Jonathan L. Howard, P. Djèlí Clark, Cat Rambo, Robert Desnos, Sarah Daly, Samantha L. Barrett and Jamie Lackey. You can find out more about The Air & Nothingness Press on their website.