For seventeen years, Bevel Dom has been the author of his own story. Or, rather, he's been the author of The Tales of Kintyre Turn, the illustrated scrolls chronicling his adventures as first the squire, then the colleague, and then finally the friend of legendary hero Kintyre Turn. But there are some stories that Bevel doesn't write down, doesn't tell to eager audiences of bright-eyed boys and sighing bar wenches in taverns. Some he simply folds into his heart and keeps. This is one of those tales.
In this prequel novella, fans of The Accidental Turn Series are offered a glimpse into the lives of Bevel Dom and Kintyre Turn shortly before their arrival at Turn Hall and the events that follow, further expanding upon the world and characters seen in The Untold Tale and the the upcoming sequel, The Forgotten Tale, coming Summer 2016.
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I do not like to read short stories unless they are part of a series and if I have read the books in the series. Thankfully, I have read the first two books of The Accidental Turn series. So I had no issues following Ghosts storyline. Ghosts are set in the kingdom of Hain which in turn is set in the book “The Tales of Kintyre Turn“. Told from Bevel’s first-person perspective, I learned that Bevel was in love with Kintyre. Kintyre only acknowledged his feelings for Bevel during the many threesomes that they shared. Bevel has had to settle for being Kintyre’s best friend instead of lover. Bevel is growing tired of living a lie. After a disastrous adventure, Bevel and Kintyre are summoned home. Can Bevel gather enough courage to tell Kintyre how he feels about him? Or will he be forever destined to Kintyre’s adventuring companion? I liked Bevel. I will admit, my view of him was a bit skewed. I still hadn’t gotten over certain events in the earlier books. But that was cleared up when I read and realized how much he loved Kintyre. I don’t think I truly got it until I read this book. I didn’t like how he viewed Forsyth. But, going with when this story takes place, I can understand why he had a negative perspective of Forsyth. Kintyre, I wanted to shake some sense into him. How could he not know how Bevel felt about him??? Even complete strangers could see that. He did remind me of an overgrown child during parts of the story. He rushed into situations without assessing them and he didn’t listen to Bevel at all. But, regardless of all that, I did like him. I got more understanding of his character and why he was such a bully to Forsyth. The secondary characters were the backbone of Ghosts. It was these characters that gave this short story the extra oomph that it needed. I stated in earlier reviews, I thought that the LGBTQIA characters were very well represented. I loved that same-sex marriages (ie jumping the broom) were accepted as normal. I can’t get into the end of Ghosts without revealing important plot details from the full-length books. Let’s say that I was happy with the way everything turned out!! Pros of Ghosts: A) Got to know Bevel and Kintyre better B) Got to see more of Hain and its inhabitants C) The secondary characters Cons of Ghosts: A) Kintyre being so obtuse B) Bevel not being true to himself and hiding his feelings for Kintyre C) Going after the ghost!!! I would give Ghosts an Older Teen rating. I would suggest that no one under the age of 16 read it. There are mild violence and mild sexual situations. Nothing that gets into depth. There are no trigger warnings for Ghosts. So safe for everyone to read. Ghosts is a short story that I would reread. I would recommend to family and friends.
First, let me just say that I adore Frey’s work. Not only is it intelligent, inclusive, and well-written, it’s also a refreshingly solid addition to the fantasy genre and a heck of a lot of fun. It’s the perfect example of fantasy written for modern times, with all the charm and appeal of its predecessors, and none of the staleness. And as a long-time fan of the fantasy genre, that trait alone is highly appealing. But I think the thing that truly sets Frey’s work apart is the depth of emotional resonance she manages to pack into everything, be it novel or short story — or, in this case, novella. Written in the same fluid, yet classic-feeling style as the rest of the series, Ghosts gives readers a look into the inner mind of one Bevel Dom, sidekick to the infamous Kintyre Turn. Happening just before the events of The Untold Tale, Ghosts lays the groundwork for one of the novel’s “twists,” and expands upon the richly textured world of the series as a whole. Bevel’s voice sings off the page with lively (and sometimes crass) wit, a stark contrast to the more refined notes Frey gave us in Forsyth, and the ensuing shenanigans paint a layer of the ridiculous over what is actually a rather heart-wrenching tale. Those who have read the novel will find the insight into the lives of Forsyth’s heroic brother and his lesser-known squire to be a satisfying extension of the arc seen in The Untold Tale. But you don’t have to read the novel to enjoy this small taste of the series. It can most definitely be read as a standalone, and I highly recommend that anyone looking for a new voice in fantasy give this novella a try. It packs a lot of punch for little investment and will introduce you to what is potentially one of the best new fantasy series out there. And I don’t just say that because I happened to have the honor of editing it, I truly believe that Frey’s work is not to be missed. **Disclaimer: As stated above, I was the acquiring editor for this title; however, all opinions stated are my own and were not influenced by bias or compensation.**