Review: ‘The Greenmen’, by Linden Forster


Aereon has found the Creators.

He’s crossed seas and mountain ranges to reach them, tangled with dwarves and ogres along the way, escaped the clutches of an icicle wielding irate yeti to rescue them and now they tell him that they weren’t in any great need of help.

A revolution has sparked in the realm of Hudikvar, because of something things Aereon might have said to a troop of homeless youths. Now, King Victarian is after Aereon and anyone associated with him.

Local woodsman, Lars, has agreed to help them flee and be their guide through Oak’s Wood, but even he cannot guess what lies in wait for them within. Not now the Lord of the Primes is about to wake.

‘He’s got a touch of destiny about him, that one,’ said the Dealer.

‘Aye. He’s got a date with her, I’d say,’ said the Trickster.

‘And she’s ordered the lobster,’ said the Teller.

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My Review

Thanks to Linden and Rachel for my copy of the book.

Aereon and crew are back and they’re still trying to make their way home to Krank. The Creators are as arrogant as ever, the dwarves are still dwarvish and curious, Aereon is still Aereon. Lars the Woodsman is hosting them while he builds up a supply of wood for the people of Hudikvar, before leading the, through the Oak’s Wood. They have a series of adventures and end up in a few gaols in the process, until they arrive in Oxfort, where Aereon discovers the truth of the Krank creation myth. He leads them home to a less than glorious return and Arburella’s dungeon.

I enjoyed the humour and character development in this second installment of Forster’s fantasy series. The descriptions of the elves and Oxfort were very good, evocative, especially the moments between Edin and Kilea the apple elf. I liked the way Aereon dealt with the problems put in front of him. The humour and narrative ‘breaking the 4th wall’ made me laugh. I read a third on Saturday and two thirds today (Sunday), which means I enjoyed this book. I was definitely amused and entertained by the story, and since I was having a stress/anxiety weekend, it helped me calm my anxiety and distract me. (No, I don’t know what I’m anxious about, it’s just a thing. I have to leave the house on Tuesday, maybe?)

The progressive increase in the map added to the story. We see the geographic development as Aereon develops his understanding of the world around him.

There were the odd case of homophone mix-up that could do with fixing but nothing too detrimental to the story. The side story of the people of Hudikvar rebelling against Victarian didn’t really add much. If anything I would say there was enough material for two books, one about Aereon and one about Lars. A good editor should have helped Linden with this.

Overall, an entertaining addition to the humour-fantasy genre.

Author Bio –

Linden Forster began writing at the age of seventeen. Divine Invention was his debut novel and it took seven years from the idea conjuring at the back of an English class to reaching the page.

Since then, writing has become his dream and passion. The Greenmen is the second in his fantasy series, The Hero’s Arc.

He is a lover of nature and enjoys walks in the country and often ventures out armed with a notepad and pen.

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