Wednesday, August 31, 2016

"The King of the Trees" by William D. Burt

About this book:

  “What do an old wooden box, a jeweled pendant and some mysterious, green-garbed strangers share in common? When Rolin son of Gannon sets out to solve this riddle, his adventures take him worlds beyond the walls of his little log cabin. With the help of some grumpy griffins and a long-lost prophecy, Rolin and his newfound friends battle an ancient enemy and his underworld army; deadly snake-trees; batwolves, dragons and other mythical creatures. On their perilous quest for the blessed Isle of Luralin, they must trust the King with their very lives. In the end, they learn that “The greatest help oft comes in harm's disguise to those with trusting hearts and open eyes.””

Series: Book #1 in “The King of the Trees” series.

Spiritual Content- This story is an Allegory; Revelations 22:1-2 at the beginning; Many Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, sung & talked about (not technically referred to as Scriptures, but the God figure in the allegory says them mostly); A few prayers to & thanking Gaelathane [God]; Praises & Singing about/to [God]; Witnessing to others about [God]; Talks about [God], His call & being remade; ‘H’s are capital when referring to [God]; Many mentions of Gaelathane [God]; Many mentions of a Prophecy; Mentions of Heaven (referred to as Gaelathane’s Country); Mentions of blessings & being blessed; A few mentions of faiths; A couple mentions of praying;
*Note: Good vs Evil, Light vs Dark storyline; Many mentions of a sorcerer (not magic, just evil), Gundul [Hell] & its fire; A few mentions of a non-magic concoction from a woman who’s not a witch; A few mentions of unholy noises; A couple mentions of stories of fairies & wood-sprites; A mention of superstitious people; A mention of a ghost.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two ‘blasted’s; A few mentions of curses (said, not written); A couple mentions of eye rolling; Dangerous & Strange creatures, also fighting and killing them (up to semi-detailed, many mentions of them as well); Many mentions of threats (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of blood, bleeding & pain (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of battles, wounds & deaths (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of skeletons, bones & deaths (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of kidnappings & slaves; Mentions of bad dreams & cruel taunts; Mentions of fires & smoke; Mentions of knives & blades; Mentions of sheep being carried off by winged animals (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of dead animals’ heads displayed (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of wine & drunks; Mentions of screams; A few mentions of being kicked in the head & slapped; A couple mentions of trying to find a body & the possibility of being eaten by a bear; A mention of a hanging.

Sexual Content- a not-detailed kiss; A few hand touches that causes tingles (barley-above-not-detailed); A tiny bit of noticing a girl’s beauty & blushes; Mentions of crushes; A few mentions of Rolin saying he doesn’t understand girls; A few mentions of Rolin’s parents falling in love; A mention of taking only one mate in marriage.

-Rolin, age 14/15
                                      P.O.V. of Rolin
                                                 236 pages

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My personal Rating-
This was a really different read! All the singing made this fantasy feel like a musical with all the times the characters (or animals or plants) would burst out in song, praising Gaelathane [God]. I didn’t have a super difficult time following along the allegory, and found that I enjoyed it. This was a quite cute and other worldly plot, I can see many ages, girls and boys, enjoying this book. :)  {Also, a fun note is that there is a pronunciation guide at the end, which is quite helpful! ;) }

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Author for this honest review.

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