Thursday, June 15, 2023

Virtual Book Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Tales of the Forgotten Founders by C. W. Allen @cwallenbooks @GoddessFish

Tales of the Forgotten Founders

by C. W. Allen

GENRE: Middle-Grade Fantasy


Zed and Tuesday ought to be living the good life. After all, it’s not every day two kids take down an evil dictator and their mom gets put in charge of an entire dimension. But after moving into Falinnheim’s palace, they learn that life as royalty isn’t as carefree as they’d imagined.

Mysterious hidden passages aren’t the only secrets lurking within the palace walls. When the siblings discover a stash of banned books, they realize everything they’ve been told about Falinnheim’s history might be a lie. And though contact between worlds has been cut off for centuries, returning home might not be as impossible as their parents claim.

Could the adventures of a runaway monk, a reluctant viking, a silent ambassador, and a rebel librarian hold the solutions to both problems? To find the truth, Tuesday and Zed will have to learn the stories of Falinnheim’s forgotten founders.


For some odd reason, Bastian started laughing. “Now you’re just messing with me,” he said, wagging an accusing finger at Tuesday. “London’s imaginary!”

Tuesday stared at him, perplexed. “No?”

Oh come on,” Bastian insisted, “London’s in a bunch of stories. Peter Pan and Sherlock Holmes both talk about London, and they aren’t real either, you know.”

Wait, now you know Sherlock Holmes, too? He wasn’t in any of the books you showed us.”

That’s because he’s not from a book,” Bastian said with a shrug. “Here, see for yourself.” He scooted over to the jumble of papers on the crate shelves and pulled out a dog-eared magazine. He flipped past several black and white illustrations until he found the page he wanted, then handed it to Tuesday.

The Valley of Fear,” she read aloud, “a new Sherlock Holmes story by A. Conan Doyle.” Her eyes flicked to the page heading. “The Strand magazine. January, 1915.”

See?” said Bastian smugly. “London’s just a place from stories. Like Oz, or Neverland.” He laughed again. “I mean, it’s not like there’s really a land called India full of talking animals, just because The Jungle Book says so.”

Zed tried to break the news to Bastian without making him feel stupid. “Look, we know the stories are made up, but those are all real places. Well, not all of them—Neverland and Oz are imaginary—but India and London are real.”

Have you ever been there?” Bastian argued.

Well, no,” Zed was forced to admit. “But I’ve seen them on maps.”

Bastian just rolled his eyes. “Stop trying to prank me. Next you’ll be saying there really are giant wind storms in a place called Kansas.”

There are!” Tuesday protested.

My Review:

Tales of the Forgotten Founders is the third book in The Falinnheim Chronicles by C. W. Allen. Tales of the Forgotten Founders like the two books before grabbed my attention from the first page and hung on page after page. I fell in love with The Falinnheim Chronicles with the first book Relative Normal Secrets.

I love all the characters as they bring so much to the story that keeps me coming back for more. I love Tuesday and Zed’s world and everything in it. The world-building is outstanding, to say the least. The descriptions are so vivid that I have no problem seeing it all play out in my head as if I am a character myself.

Tuesday and Zed are now living in Falinnheim's palace, with their mother the queen. They have made friends with Bastian, the nephew of the librarian, who is also their teacher.

Tuesday, Zed, and Bastian discover a hidden room in the library that contain banned books. They find a book about the founders. They discover by reading the book that everything they have been taught about their world and their home may not be true. The three set out to find the truth about who they are and where they come from.

Join Tuesday, Zed, and Bastian as they go searching for the truth about their world. Grab a copy of Tales of the Forgotten Founders today and join all the fun! Be sure and check out the first two books, Relative Normal Secrets book one and The Secret Benefits of Invisibility book two in The Falinnheim Chronicles as well.  

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

C.W. Allen is a Nebraskan by birth, a Texan by experience, a Hoosier by marriage, and a Utahn by geography. She knew she wanted to be a writer the moment she read The Westing Game at age twelve, but took a few detours along the way as a veterinary nurse, an appliance repair secretary, and a homeschool parent. She writes long stories for children and short stories for former children. When she’s not writing, she helps other writers hone their craft as a board member of the League of Utah Writers.

Her debut novel Relatively Normal Secrets is the winner of the Gold Quill Award, being named the best children’s book of the year by a Utah author. The Falinnheim Chronicles series continues with The Secret Benefits of Invisibility (Cinnabar Moth, 2022) and Tales of the Forgotten Founders (Cinnabar Moth, 2023). She also has shorter work published in numerous anthologies. Keep up with her latest projects at

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting today!

Marcy Meyer said...

The blurb and excerpt sound interesting.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your review! I'm so glad you had an enjoyable visit to Falinnheim.
- C.W. Allen

Rita Wray said...

I liked the excerpt.

Anonymous said...

Great excerpt.

Sherry said...

This sounds like a good book.

Kim said...

Thank you for sharing your review thoughts.

marisela zuniga said...

The cover looks nice, this sounds like a good read

Anonymous said...

Great cover.