REVIEW: Treespeaker by Katie W Stewart.
Based in a village, this fantasy of old centres around the Tree speaker & it's people. A simplistic way of life continues to reign within the veil, a shield that protects the forest & it's people from the outside world.
As in any culture, the young are anxious to experience what's beyond the veil as they hear stories of a greater world.
The willingness to trust newcomers & the eagerness to branch into pastures new is exciting & consequences are ignored when a stranger arrives but there is deeper deception at stake here as the Elders become involved. Loyalties are challenged, families scattered & death awaits the innocent, as the story heads on into a battle of good verses evil, magic verses faith.
Meaningful & spiritual messages are woven in the storyline & at times I found myself taking a step back & pondering the thoughts of Jaken & Dovan & how it readily applies to our life today.
For me i saw a journey through the soul, one of doubt & abandonment while trying to trust the path you're on regardless of circumstances. Knowing that everything has meaning yet experiencing the confusion & loneliness that this brings.
Stepping out into the unknown is not without it's fears & frustration & as Jaken is forced to leave the village in order to save his people he learns the changes that are taking place are meant to be.
Highly recommended to any fantasy reader with or without a spiritual interest.
It is beautifully written, flows without pause & the characters feel real.
One to read again.
Treespeaker Katie W Stewart