Anticipated Adventures: Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee

(Last Updated On: April 27, 2020)

Anticipated Adventures is a regular feature at Reader Voracious where I highlight and discuss upcoming releases I can’t wait to get my hands on!

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I’m going on an adventure!

๐Ÿ“ฃย  This week, I’m shining the spotlight another of my most highly anticipated releases of this year! Forest of Souls is the first book in a new YA fantasy series with themes of loyalty, friendship, and fighting to belong.


About Forest of Souls

Publisher: Page Street Kidsย  |ย  Release Date: June 23, 2020ย  |ย  Pages: 400
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Goodreadsย  Buy Indieย  Preorder Campaign Page

Forest of Souls coverDanger lurks within the roots of Forest of Souls, an epic, unrelenting tale of destiny and sisterhood, perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Susan Dennard.

Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but sheโ€™s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queenโ€™s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.

And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.

Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Woodโ€”an ancient forest possessed by soulsโ€”to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for.

First of all, the cover! Sirscha looks so fierce. Forest of Souls sounds like a lush fantasy story that blends some of my favorite elements: court intrigue with the queen’s spy situation and mystical elements. Plus, a focus on friendships? Always yes!

Fun fact: I am terrified of spiders, so I will probably be reading my eARC during daylight hours only. *shudders*

This isnโ€™t an “Asian fantasy,” according to my own definitions (it might be, according to yours, and that’s okay). But it is “Asians in fantasy.” Itโ€™s a mishmash of my favorite western fantasy tropes alongside bits of my own cultural influences and a magical system *inspired* by Hmong shamanism.Lori M. Lee on Goodreads (emphasis mine)

Preorder Incentive

If you preorder yourself a copy of Forest of Souls (or submit a library request!) and submit your receipt, you will receive some amazing swag. This preorder campaign is international!

All Entrants Will Receive:

  • Limited Edition gold enamel bookmark
  • 1 Signed Bookplate.
  • Set of 3 character cards.

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. . โœจโœจPREORDER ANNOUNCEMENT & GIVEAWAYโœจโœจ . While supplies last, every preorder will get: โœจ3 character cards โœจGold enamel bookmark โœจSigned bookplate โœจPaper bookmark โœจMy sincerest gratitude 1 preorder will ALSO get: โœจGenuine preserved spider web pendant Open INT until 6.23.20 Send receipt to โ™ฅ๏ธ . Share this post and TAG ME along with hashtag #ForestOfSouls to win a $20 gift card to the Indie bookstore of your choice! I'll pick a winner every couple weeks until release! PREORDER LINKS IN BIO ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’› . #lorimlee #bookstagram #books #instabook #booklove #yalit #bookworm #bookaholic #bibliophile #yafiction #youngadult #fantasy #sff #yareads #yabooks #youngadultbooks #booknerdigans #booknerd #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #ya #yafantasy #darkfantasy #hmong #asianamerican #preordercampaign

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With everything going on in the world right now and some publication dates being pushed back, I want to do my part to boost books I’m excited for… especially since my reading capacity on ARCs has been zero for weeks.

Are you excited for Forest of Souls? Was it already on your radar? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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  1. Evelyn

    April 23, 2020 at 10:39 AM

    This book sounds good! I really want to pick it up!


    1. Kal

      May 1, 2020 at 1:36 PM

      Thanks for stopping by, Evelyn!!! My friend recently finished it and has been SCREAMING it’s praises, so it has been pushed up on my ARC TBR accordingly, haha

  2. bookishgiuls

    April 23, 2020 at 12:16 PM

    The cover looks so gorgeous!!

    1. Kal

      May 1, 2020 at 1:37 PM

      I know, the artwork is STUNNING!!!

  3. AhanaRao

    April 25, 2020 at 4:14 AM

    Ooof youโ€™re right she does look so fierce ๐Ÿ˜ Iโ€™ve seen this book around so much, dammit fingers stop flexing! Ahhhhh!

    1. Kal

      May 1, 2020 at 1:46 PM

      Add the book to your TBR, Ahana! You know you want tooooooo

  4. Kristi @ConfessionsofaYAReader

    April 25, 2020 at 9:24 AM

    I’m really looking forward to this one, too.

    1. Kal

      May 1, 2020 at 1:49 PM

      I have an eARC of it that’s literally beckoning to me… but I am trying to get through my May ARC & at least one more overdue arc read before diving into this one. It’s so hard, though!

  5. Bec @ bec&books

    April 28, 2020 at 7:44 PM

    I’ve been seeing this book everywhere but I feel like it takes more and more for me to pick up fantasy YA books because there are just SO MANY of them. On a side note, I love this post type – I almost think I need to do something similar for all the upcoming ARCs that I haven’t got to reading yet…

    1. Kal

      May 1, 2020 at 2:06 PM

      I know what you mean, Bec. We are truly BLESSED with all of the YA fantasy coming out but it is a bit difficult for a book to stand out among the rest. I always feel like I am missing out on books because there’s no way I can read everything and it makes me sad. YES do a post series like this one! I am loving it and think spotlights like this are especially important given the state of publishing & the world right now!

  6. em/zainab

    May 4, 2020 at 12:04 AM

    forest of souls is one of my most anticipated reads of this year. i was so sad when i didn’t get approved for the eARC, but i really can’t wait for its release!

    1. Kal

      May 17, 2020 at 1:37 PM

      I’m sorry you weren’t able to get an eARC of Forest of Souls, but at least the book’s release is coming up next month!

    2. Kal

      June 2, 2020 at 5:57 PM

      I’m sorry you weren’t able to get an ARC of Forest of Souls, at least the wait will be over soon! I hope it meets your expectations when you READ IT!

  7. Lauren

    May 5, 2020 at 12:16 PM

    i love how thoughtful you are to create posts like this. im very excited for this too

    1. Kal

      June 2, 2020 at 6:03 PM

      awww, thank you so much Lauren <3

  8. Krisha

    May 5, 2020 at 1:52 PM

    I am so excited for this book! I canโ€™t wait to read my eARC and I agree it will have to be in daylight!!

    1. Kal

      June 2, 2020 at 6:06 PM

      Ahhh, I hope you love(d) the book as much as I did and it doesn’t haunt you too much, Krisha!

  9. Vee

    May 12, 2020 at 6:24 AM

    YES YES YES! This book is soooo high on my anticipated reads list and I’m so glad there’s a pre-order giveaway for it!!!!

    1. Kal

      June 2, 2020 at 7:04 PM

      Ahhh, I hope you enjoy it!! This is next up in my ARC queue and I am so excited!

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