A vast grey zone on the maps, the forest has always been seen as a place of grisly tales, outlaws, and disappearances. The men had travelled around through more civilised paths, leaving the woods alone. Until the country came in need of a new float.
For the first team of lumberjacks, it’s a routine job. Select trees and build a camp to hold winter until the spring flood. But in the depths of the forest, under ancient oaks, lie ruins. When the loggers pitch their tents in the overgrown garden, they are unaware of the crime they just committed.
For the native hidden in the nearby village, desolation has come. For the loggers, the nightmare has begun. And what’s hiding in the ruins won’t let them go.
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Goodreads: Lost Frontier by Martine Carlsson
Rating: 5 stars
*I received this novel for free in exchange for an honest review*
Lost Frontier is set in the author’s Light from Aphelion series and follows a group of loggers who unwittingly set up their camp in ruins revered by the locals and their deity. When violence and misfortune begin to plague both sides, each blames the other when the truth may be much more disturbing.
I really enjoyed this new perspective on the Trevalden world. This novel combines fantasy and horror to make a compelling read that I found difficult to put down. At first the loggers motivation is money and getting job done as quickly as possible so they can return home and spend it. The plot draws parallels with logging that goes on today. That there is no respect for the natural environment or the natives who live in the lands that they have entered. This lack of respect leads to conflict and the Children shoulder most of the blame for the incidents that follow.
They are the most likeable party, whom possess wisdom and courage even when they perhaps lack some understanding. Tristan comes across as the most aware of the loggers although old prejudices and mindsets do blinker his vision to what is really going on around him.
This novel is a suspense horror with plenty of build up and twists and turns. It was different from what I was expecting, but in a good way. I would like to see a follow up and definitely more novels in the Light from Aphelion series!