Thursday, March 19, 2015

Review: The Forgotten by Bishop O'Connell, Video Interview and Giveaway

The Forgotten
Author:  Bishop O'Connell
Series:  An American Faerie Tale 2
Publisher:  Harper Voyager Impulse, March 17, 2015 (digital)
       April 14, 2015 (Mass Market Paperback)
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages
List Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780062358806 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Across the United States, children are vanishing. Only this time, faeries may not be to blame …

Dante, Regent of the fae's Rogue Court, has been receiving disturbing reports. Human children are manifesting magical powers in record numbers. Shunned and forgotten, they live on the streets in ragtag groups with the already-booming population of homeless changelings. But the streets aren't a haven; someone, or something, is hunting these children down.

Wraith, a teenage spell slinger, has no home, no family, and no real memories of her past. She and her friends SK, Fritz, and Shadow are constantly on the run, fleeing from a dark and unknown enemy. But when her companions are taken by "the snatchers," Wraith is their only hope. Her journey to find them will test the limits of her magic—and her trust. A dark force is on the rise, and it could spell the end of our world as we know it.

Qwill's Thoughts

The Forgotten is the second novel in the American Faerie Tale series by Bishop O’Connell. Dante, who has been promoted from Magister to Regent of the Rogue Court (fae who choose to live alongside humans) is concerned because human street children are gaining magical powers. In addition a lot of changelings (1/2 human and 1/2 Fae) are disappearing throughout the United States. He decides to investigate.

In addition to Dante’s point of view we follow Wraith. She is a mess – a street kid with a less than firm grip on reality. She does not know what is real and what is not or even who she is. The Forgotten is as much about Wraith’s journey as she struggles with the immense power that she wields and does not understand as it is about how Dante reacts to what is happening.

I really enjoyed getting to know Dante more in The Forgotten. He’s a fascinating character - an elf with a penchant for fast cars and modern technology. More important Dante strives to do the right thing. When he realizes that something must change to be better, to be fair, he does not hesitate. Dante is surrounded by a very strong cadre of Fae, some of whom we’ve met in The Stolen. Their interactions seem so … human.

The parts of the novel narrated from Wraith's point of view were often disorienting as she does not know what is real and what is not – neither does the reader. Her journey through the novel is gut-wrenching. Wraith is a difficult character but O'Connell does a great job of making her sympathetic. Some of what happens to her in the novel is just heart-breaking.

O’Connell introduces many Fae from different cultures. This adds so much to the story. America is the great melting pot for the Fae as well. I'm hoping we see more of this in the next novel.

There is a lot of action in The Forgotten and some very memorable fight scenes. These are all well done and very exciting. It’s fun to see how the different members of the Rogue Court behave and what their powers are. O'Connell makes it very clear at times that while they sound and look human (due to glamours) they are not.

The Forgotten comes to a very satisfying conclusion complete with a huge surprise. I get the very strong feeling that O’Connell is leading us somewhere as yet unrevealed with The Forgotten and The Stolen. The characters from these two novels are interconnected for a reason and I’m looking forward to seeing where he takes us in the fabulous series.

Note: Read The Stolen before reading The Forgotten. It lays the foundation for The Forgotten and has a really lovely and unexpected love story!

I had the pleasure of talking with Bishop at NYCC 2014:

The Giveaway

What:  One entrant will win the choice of a Mass Market Paperback copy of The Stolen along with stickers and bookmarks (see picture)


a Mass Market Paperback copy of The Forgotten along with stickers and bookmarks (same picture). The Mass Market Paperback copy of The Forgotten will be published on April 14, 2015 so that prize, if it is chosen, will be sent after that date.

How:  Log into and follow the directions in the Rafflecopter below.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on March 29, 2015. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules and duration are subject to change.*

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The Stolen
An American Faerie Tale 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, July 22, 2014
     eBook, 336 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, August 5, 2014
     Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages

Tonight, for the first time in over a century, a mortal child will be kidnapped by faeries.

When her daughter Fiona is snatched from her bed, Caitlin's entire world crumbles. Once certain that faeries were only a fantasy, Caitlin must now accept that these supernatural creatures do exist—and that they have traded in their ancient swords and horses for modern guns and sports cars. Hopelessly outmatched, she accepts help from a trio of unlikely heroes: Eddy, a psychiatrist and novice wizard; Brendan, an outcast Fian warrior; and Dante, a Magister of the fae's Rogue Court. Moving from the busy streets of Boston's suburbs to the shadowy land of Tír na nÓg, Caitlin and her allies will risk everything to save Fiona. But can this disparate quartet conquer their own inner demons and outwit the dark faeries before it's too late?

Mass Market Paperback


  1. A captivating and fascinating post and wonderful feature and giveaway. Thanks for this giveaway and feature. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. Great review! I really loved this story. Wraith is one of the most interesting characters I've read about so far this year.

  3. What a great concept of children having magical power. They have wonderful imagination and think of the troubles and problems cause.

  4. I love the idea of magical powers. I have always wanted magic myself.