Novella Review: "Ghosts" (The Accidental Turn Series #0.1) by J. M. Frey

Ghosts by J.M. Frey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

 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.



There has been a lot of bookish raving from my side about "The Untold Tale", the high fantasy meta-fiction novel by J. M. Frey. This is a book I would love to see very much turned into a TV series, just like "Throne of Glass" by Sarah J. Maas.
I have used it in the Feature & Follow Friday and sometimes I am having an Internet/Tumblr/Pinterest expedition just to find pieces of fanart.

"Ghosts" is the prequel novella which follows the duo of Kintyre Turn and his friend Bevel. Kintyre is the older brother of Forsyth, the main character from "The Untold Tale", and he relishes on his fame as this world's hero.

Told by Bevel's POV, who writes down their adventures, we take a peek into his inner world and the strife he feels for both the adventures he has with Kintyre as also his feelings for him. If you have read the first book you will understand how perfecty Frey brings the 'labels' of society into her own story and moreover through the scope of a high fantasy world.

True, there were many emotional moments and sarcasm in Bevel's voice. He is the voice of reason when Kintyre is too stupid to realize and I found the turn of events in this novella quite funny. Though I don't usually review the novellas I read, I believe that this one is the best break you can have until the release of the next book of the series!

And don't miss the first book of the Accidental Turn series, "The Untold Tale"! Read my review for the book too!

Summary from GoodReads

Forsyth Turn is not a hero. Lordling of Turn Hall and Lysse Chipping, yes. Spymaster for the king, certainly. But hero? That’s his older brother’s job, and Kintyre Turn is nothing if not legendary. However, when a raid on the kingdom’s worst criminal results in the rescue of a bafflingly blunt woman, oddly named and even more oddly mannered, Forsyth finds his quaint, sedentary life is turned on its head.

Dragged reluctantly into a quest he never expected, and fighting villains that even his brother has never managed to best, Forsyth is forced to confront his own self-shame and the demons that come with always being second-best. And, more than that, when he finally realizes where Lucy came from and why she’s here, he’ll be forced to question not only his place in the world, but the very meaning of his own existence.

Smartly crafted, The Untold Tale gives agency to the unlikeliest of heroes: the silenced, the marginalized, and the overlooked. It asks what it really means to be a fan when the worlds you love don't resemble the world you live in, celebrates the power of the written word, challenges tropes, and shows us what happens when someone stands up and refuses to remain a secondary character in their own life.


About the author:

Trained in musical theatre, and voice acting, Frey is an author, actor, and professional geek. She was an invited panelist on the SPACE Channel's premier chat show InnerSPACE, has appeared in documentaries, lived in Japan, and lent costumes to the Ontario Science Centre. She also has a number of academic credentials, including a BA in Dramatic Literature and an MA in Communications Culture, and has lectured at the Pop Culture Association of America's Annual Conference (San Francisco), at the University of Cardiff's 'Whoniversal Appeal' Conference, and the Technology and Pedagogy Conference at York University. Frey's dream is to one day sing a duet with John Barrowman.