Summary via Goodreads:
Tallis is learning how to deal with loss and violence as she and her friends traverse the forests of Selkirk trying to find the reason behind the elven uprising. Not to mention why they keep hissing her name. But the further into the forests they go, Tallis is finding that the elves’ depravity can still surprise her, and thoroughly test the bonds of friendship, family, and love.
Tallis’s journey eventually leads to answers they’re not prepared for. Now Tallis begins to wonder just who she really is, and if she’s the evil that will end up destroying Selkirk. But she cannot stop to process these revelations, as an unforeseen betrayal lands those she loves at the feet of the very monster responsible for all the hurt, and heartbreak.
Coming face to face with her foe, Tallis discovers all too late she has no idea how to deal with this level of pain, and death. One way or another, the monster’s path ends here, and all Tallis can hope to do is bring those she loves safely out of the heart of the forest.
The Monster of Selkirk two: heart of the Forest continues the story of Tallis and her friends searching for the truth.
In the first book Tallis learns that the elves surrounding Selkirk are burning villages while chanting her name. Along with her cousin Donovan, her best friend Rosslyn, and sweet Tomas, she embarks on an adventure to find out the truth about her past, and why she is being called by the elves.
I really enjoyed this book. Tallis is a great character; she is strong-willed, kind, and is portrayed in such a realistic way with her insecurities it was easy to relate to her. Her blossoming relationship with Tomas was written so well, I was definitely rooting for the two of them and their will-they, won’-they storyline.
I loved where the story went in The Heart of the Forest! Clayton had me guessing the entire time, and I never got bored with it. There are some really interesting twists, and I had to close the book a few times to gather my thoughts at some of them! The ending had me racing through the pages to figure out what was going to happen, and it has left me so excited for the third book! I can’t wait to see where Tallis’ story goes!
I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.