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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Don’t you just love a good story that suggests a ‘once upon a time’ plot? Imagine a dragon and an evil knight who sets out to destroy all that is good in the land. The good consists of a king and his daughter, as well as the court jester who is hopelessly in love with the princess. The dragon has threatened communities in and around the infamous Black Forest and the evil knight has been locked in a magic chamber beneath the castle until one day everything changed and the battles between good and evil intensified.
Miles Cornelius’ novella, The Black Forest, is a fantasy/ fairy tale complete with all that one would expect: magic and countless battles between the powers of good and evil. The main characters, the protagonists, are exemplary in their goodness. The king and his daughter care about their people while the Jester, also good, cares about his princess. Pitted against evil beings, the plot is powerful and forward-driven – very engaging. For a novella, the characters are well defined and developed and the setting is described with good attention to detail. The plot rounds up with a conundrum that will have readers wondering if there will be a sequel, though the author does lead the story forward to the present day when an archaeologist sets out to prove if the recently discovered castle remains are, in fact, the location of this legendary, epic fairy tale. This was an interesting read and will certainly appeal to fantasy readers.