Blog Tour (Book Review): The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons

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{BOOK REVIEW}

Title: THE LOST CODEX (The Collectors’ Society, #4)

Author: @_heatherlyons

Reviewer: Grace

Rating: 5 stars

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Synopsis

Allies, once inseparable, splinter until they break apart.

An insidiousness carves its way through Wonderland, challenging the land’s very existence.

Battle lines will be drawn as pages, long languishing in darkness, are finally illuminated.

Swords will clash, blood will be spilled, and lives will be lost.

For what is written can still be erased.

Grace Review

Warning: To avoid spoilers, do not read this review if you have not read book 3, the Forgotten Mountain.

The magical journey has come to an end.  Several months ago, upon the recommendation of a couple readers in one of my FB groups, I fell down the rabbit hole.  Four books and 1000 or so pages later, I have resurfaced.  But I want to go back.  On the outset, this series was complex, filled with book timelines, catalysts, and 2 villains.  From there the storyline expanded to more villians, bigger villains, in fact, an army of them, set on death and destruction.  But why? With this book, we finally get the answers.

“Alice, haven’t you long realized the impossible is possible?”

Why destroy timelines?
How, if at all, do these villains connect?
And most importantly . . .
How does the Society stop them?

We’ve face a lot of obstacles so far, and we’ve bested all of them.  We’re still standing, and we’re standing together.

I would love to give you all of the answers, but that would ruin the journey.  And this book felt like a journey.
Through a hidden mountain.
Through damaged Society walls.
Through Wonderland.  Because you just had to know we’d return there.

While all of the characters and timelines interested me, none more so than Wonderland.  And the return there answered some questions and then created new ones.

The Wonderlanders are a wild and nutty bunch.  I loved reading about their quirks and kinks.  How they handed the challenge that Alice requested of them.  How they found a reason to fight.

The biggest shock of the book, was who stepped up and how they were able to help the Society.  And that’s all I can say without spoilers.

Although there is some true heartache with the ending (goodbye my friend *sobs*), there also is a peacefulness to it.  Everything is as it should be.  That’s what every fairy tale and romance reader seeks, right?

“You have my heart, my loyalty, my trust, and my hopes and dreams.  You are and always will be my north star.”

Reflecting back on this series, I noticed that something unusual happened while reading it.  It made me want to read other books, the classics mentioned throughout the series.  Obviously, I am familiar with Alice in Wonderland, but I wanted to read it again.  I never thought I would enjoy falling down the rabbit hole, but this series has consumed me.  And just as I type that, I have to laugh.  I’ve seen so many reviewers write how a book or series “consumes them” and didn’t have much of an idea on what that felt like . . . until now.  Maybe it’s that I binged on this series, so my brain was fully immersed in the world of Wonderland and other timelines.  But it is also more than that.  This series is so magical and wildly creative, the author’s words drew me and overwhelmed me. By the end, I felt so close to each member of the Society, and some Wonderlanders, that it was hard to say goodbye.  Then I realized that I don’t have to say goodbye.  I can continue to enjoy these characters stories with the classics.  Reliving the characters’ lives BCS (Before Collector’s Society).

This series has been a memorable experience.  I will never forget this magical world.

“Are you ready for an adventure, Alice?”

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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About

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Heather Lyons is known for writing epic, heartfelt love stories often with a fantastical twist. From Young Adult to New Adult to Adult novels—one commonality in all her books is the touching, and sometimes heart-wrenching, romance. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.

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