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The Forester 2: Lost and Found

Blaine D. Arden

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"The Guide mentioned puddles, but I envisioned lakes, deep treacherous lakes, and I was drowning."

One turn has passed, another Solstice is just around the corner, and having an illicit affair with not one but two lovers—smith Ianys and shunned Forester Taruif—is taking its toll on Truth Seeker Kelnaht.

If it isn't sneaking around to find some quality time with his lovers, it's heavy rainfall hiding traces of a missing stripling, or waiting for the elders to decide whether or not to set Taruif free.

And if that's not enough, Kelnaht fears that in gaining one lover, he might be losing another, as Ianys seems to be pulling away from them, and it looks like someone is, once again, trying to frame Taruif.


I was glad I wore my trousers tucked into my high boots, as the mud sucked at them with every step. It had been raining off and on for the past two weeks. The leaves of the few evergreen oaks and parulm trees scattered throughout the forest dripped water, and twilight threw the woodland into a cold and eerie darkness. Cloak wrapped tightly around me and wings folded, I tried to ignore the drizzling chill brushing my fingers as I held my hands out in front of me, energy flowing freely as I scanned for Ustion's footsteps.


Step by step, I circled the area at the foot of Moors Mountain surrounding the mouth of the hunters' cave, while my apprentice, Brem, did the same on the other side of the cave's entrance. Even with the floating lanterns hovering above us, I could find little trace of Ustion. There had been plenty in the cave. Just outside, same thing, but the farther I moved away from the cave, the less I found. At this point, I'd be thrilled to find even the tiniest trace that would tell me where Ustion had walked off to. I muttered a prayer to Ma'terra, hoping something would turn up soon. Deeper into the forest, the search party bellowed out for Ustion every couple of paces.


Ustion, son of Ashyu and soon-to-be carpenter's apprentice, had been staying with Ashyu's hunting group when he disappeared. It was tradition to take their older children with them once a turn for a break in routine. According to the hunters, Ustion had been doing fine—couldn't shoot a rabbit even if it stood still, but made the best arrows—until three nights ago, when Ustion and Ashyu had argued, and Ustion had walked off to blow off some steam. When he hadn't returned that evening, Ashyu had assumed he'd gone home to sulk. At sixteen turns, Ustion was old enough to find his way back, but when the hunting group returned to the village earlier today, Ustion hadn't been home. He hadn't been anywhere in the village.


Three nights was a long time for a stripling like him to be missing.

5 - Shayla at Read the Rainbow
"The second mystery was even more intriguing than the one in the first volume of the trilogy. In this book, we dig deeper into the story of Taruif, which is the most intriguing character in the series. All three main characters take a step forward in their relationship and there's a little more romance than in the first volume. Definitely one of the best series I've ever read, albeit the stories are a tad on the short side. A good read is a good read, no matter the length. So, I encourage everyone to pick The Forester up and see on their own how great a series it is."

5 - Vicki at Sid Love Reviews
"One of the many things I like about these books is the contemporary feeling they have, even though they arent. These have names and words that are from Blaine’s imagination, but it’s not overdone and works well. I did get a better understanding of the community in this book, it is longer and had time for more details. It’s a wonderful world I want to know more about! ...this second book is as good as the first, great story, world, characters, mystery, solution, and writing! I can’t wait for the next one!"


Tales of the Forest
The Forester Trilogy


35,900 words
88 pages

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Nathie Block


M/M, menage a trois, polyamory, fantasy, mystery