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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Book Review - KING OF THE TREES by William D. Burt

This YA (young adult) fantasy is patterned a little like the Chronicals of Narnia. In other words, perhaps intended for young folks but enjoyable also to adults.

You might recognize in it analogies to Bible scriptures. You might wonder how it's going to end up, if the heroes will survive all the tribulations they must endure.


The main character is Rolin Son of Gannon, a red-haired fourteen-year-old with a knack for finding the best mushrooms in the forests and getting teased by his peers who lived in the nearby town. They teased him about him and his mushrooms, about the bees his father kept, and his crazy grandmother.

Rolin finds a small wooden box his grandmother left him when she died. In it is a jewel pendant along with some dried flower petals. He puts on the pendant, and he and his father go into town to sell their honey and potatoes. Rolin has his eye on a spyglass he'd like to get, so off he goes to find the man who has them for sale. Some Greencoats catch a glimpse of his pendant and accuse him of theft.

Rolin runs into the forest to escape them. A tall Stranger leads him to a strange-looking tree.  Rolin's good at climbing trees, and he clambers up what he later finds out is a torsil tree--one that transports climbers to a different place. And that is where Rolin's adventures really begin.

He meets Gemmio and Opio, Bembor and Emmer, Scanlon and Marlis. He discovers the existence of sythan-ars and griffins, and the Isle of Luralin and Waganupa (the Tree of Life). And you might decide that he also meets himself over the progress of this epic book, the beginning book of The King of the Trees Series.

Young and old, look for this book and others in the King of the Trees Series on Bill Burt's website, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobel.