Review: Forestborn by Elayne Audrey Becker

Series: Forestborn #1
Author: Audrey Becker
Publisher: Tor Teen
Released: August 31, 2021
Received: NetGalley

4 1/2 kitties

Elayne Audrey Becker’s debut novel, Forestborn, is one of those rare fantasy books that you truly don’t want to miss out on. Trust me!

Rora lives in a world where humans and magical beings both exist – though one could not claim that they coexist. Not peacefully, at any rate. Rora should know. She’s a shifter, and she has long gotten used to the entire kingdom looking down upon her.

However, their disdain is not enough to discourage Rora from doing what is right. Even if that means going into the woods of her nightmares to find the cure for her terminal friend – and hopefully save the kingdom while she’s at it.

“Fear is just a story waiting to be told. Learn the story and remember every part of it so you can tell me.”

Forestborn is without a doubt one of the most enchanting novels I’ve read this year – and I’ve read a lot of them! Rora’s story is powerful and emotional; it’ll work hard to make the readers care about the characters and world.

I am still blown away by this book. I went into it, not sure what to expect, but hoping for at least a mildly entertaining evening. What I got was so much more! This world is fantastic, and I am so grateful that there will be another novel…though I do rather hate that we’ll have to wait (so greedy of me, I know).

This is more than just a simple fantasy. Forestborn explores deep concepts such as selfishness versus selflessness, right versus wrong, and the origin of prejudice and fear. It’s a powerful read, one that got me thoroughly invested in each character – even the few that I loved to hate.

What I find truly outstanding about Forestborn is that the book and world are LGBT+ inclusive. While there is very real prejudice in this series – it seems to be entirely aimed at the magical beings of the world, such as shifters.

As such, there are many layers to this novel. I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes, especially as there is still so much to learn and explore. Personally, I’m especially looking forward to seeing how Rora’s character develops in the next book. And admittedly, I’m looking forward to seeing how the politics of this world will be fleshed out – because I do not doubt that it is coming.

Thanks to Tor Teen and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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