Parents' Guide to

Forest of Souls

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Relentless violence bludgeons promising tale of friendship.

Book Lori M. Lee Fantasy 2020
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This is a dark magical tale of two teens, their death-defying friendship, murderous spirits in the trees and even more murderous, and power-hungry, royals on the throne. With two princes as peripheral characters, Sirscha and Saengo take center stage both in battle heroics and in working out the unexpected changes in their friendship when, in a moment of transformative revelation, Sirscha brings Saengo back to life in the wake of an ambush. Forest of Souls runs heavily to gore- and special effects-packed fight scenes with much carnage, and the relentless violence (physical, emotional, and magical) seems as much the point of the story as does the protagonists' friendship. This is the first volume of Lori M. Lee's planned trilogy, and the ending leaves plenty of wreckage, unexpected developments, and potential for further struggle.

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