A Forgotten History (Lost in the Vast 1) by Chelsea Thornton & Travis Brown

When a lost history is uncovered, the door between universes will open.

After a four-month dig in Egypt, Alexis Lockett isn’t ready for another adventure. But when she’s lured to Mexico by the promise of the archaeological find of the century, she leaves with her brother Cole to meet up with their oldest friend Trent. Trent’s discovery of an ancient Maya city buried deep in the Yucatán jungle is monumental, but it isn’t long before strange and terrifying forces come into play.

Secrets, mysterious artifacts, and a world deviating from the one they left behind—how long can they remain in denial? The three friends are in over their heads, and the addition of the arrogant and infuriating Dante Losevsky brings more trouble. Thrust into the multiverse, will they ever find a way home?

Everything is different now, and this is only the beginning.

This was an interesting first novella to the Lost in the Vast series.

Although I found Alexis’ sheer bullheaded-ness disappointing at times, overall I enjoyed all the characters. The characters were very well written with complex backstories that this novella only touched on.

I loved the descriptions of all the scenes and places that the novel took place in. The imagery allowed for a vivid picture to be formed in my mind.

The story itself was both well fleshed out and seemingly flung together. I felt a bit confused at times when the elaborate archeological storyline smashed together with a sci-fi/fantasy world.

This strange mashup did not stop me from becoming very intrigued by tale and the alternate realities that it encompasses. I define want to know more and find out what happens next.

Chelsea Thornton is a writer from Texas who spends her nights playing make-believe while drinking lots of tea. She is married to a truck driver, and her husband often whisks her away so they can travel around the United States with their two dogs. She has worked as an editor for The Aurora Journal and as a reader for The Forge Literary Magazine and Beyond Words. Her short fiction has been published in Maudlin House, Bewildering Stories, Dark Dossier Magazine, Idle Ink, and elsewhere. You can find her online at http://www.chelseathornton.com.
Travis Brown is an American writer born and raised in East Texas. As a self-proclaimed night owl, he burns away the midnight oil writing fantastical works of fiction. When he’s not working as an auditor, Travis enjoys spending time with his two dogs, his cat, and his husband. Full of wanderlust, he never shies away from travel and often incorporates life experiences into his work. Lost in the Vast is his first publication.

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