Kelnaht is a truth-seeker, basically a detective with the magical ability to reach inside a person and see their memories. Ianys is his ex-partner, a blacksmith who left Kelnaht in order to be with his vowed wife and start a family. Taruif is a shunned Forester, a man who can manipulate plants but because of a tragedy, he has been sentenced to live alone and only speak with the village guide. These three find an unlikely love in each other, but their love affair is illicit. Ianys stands to lose his daughter and Kelnaht his status and job if they are found out. So begins a tale of love and secret meetings, woven with a helping of mysteries and murders for Kelnaht to solve.
I loved this book so much that it gave me a book hangover for a full week afterwards. I just wanted to go on and on living in the world of The Forester. Blaine D. Arden has a built a fantasy village so rich and detailed I could see it in my mind’s eye perfectly–and more importantly, I would love to live there. The village is not only accepting of poly relationships and same-sex unions, but has completely normalized them. It’s refreshing to read a book so freed from the constraints of our world. The romance between Kelnaht, Ianys and Taruif left me with such a warm fuzzy feeling, but this book is not mere fluff. Kelnaht has a real responsibility to keep his village safe from dangers inside and out, and his cases help bring a real plot to the book besides the “forbidden love” drama. Each book has its own case unfold, while the triad figure out each new turn in their relationship. Everything was perfectly balanced to keep me glued to the page and I couldn’t put it down.