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Jakan, Treespeaker of the Fifth Tribe of Arrakesh, knows from the visions he received at the SpringSpeak, that the stranger who has just arrived in his village is not the innocent, interested visitor he claims to be. As the villagers succumb to the mind-bending sorcery of the man, Jakan becomes more and more desperate to be rid of him. But when he accuses the stranger of aJakan, Treespeaker of the Fifth Tribe of Arrakesh, knows from the visions he received at the SpringSpeak, that the stranger who has just arrived in his village is not the innocent, interested visitor he claims to be. As the villagers succumb to the mind-bending sorcery of the man, Jakan becomes more and more desperate to be rid of him. But when he accuses the stranger of an act of sacrilege, events take a sinister turn and it is Jakan himself who is expelled from the forest.Sent on a journey across the treeless land outside the forest, Jakan finds himself fighting for survival – for his people and himself. Somehow he must find a man he hasn’t seen for twenty years, but as a Treespeaker —bound in spirit to the forest — his life hangs by a tenuous thread which grows ever thinner.Meanwhile, his son, Dovan, must find the strength to carry out the new role he has been given while his father is away, for who knows if the Treespeaker will ever return? This is not a book about good versus evil. It is a book about belonging, balance and belief. It's an adult fantasy, but suitable for anyone 12+...

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Treespeaker Reviews

  • Carolyn
    2019-03-05 04:54

    In Treespeaker, Katie Stewart has created a gentle, spiritual world where life is lived in balance with the land and the forest. The people live a simple traditional life where women keep house and raise children and men hunt and protect their families. Jakan is the Treespeaker who can communicate with Arrakesh, the spirit of the forest and assist his people in managing their land and animals. When great evil enters the village in the form of a sorcerer who beguiles the people and makes them doubt the wisdom of listening to Arrakesh, Jakan must leave the safety of the forest to go out into the world to find the help he needs to save his people. In order to fight the evil he must first learn to overcome his own self doubts and trust in his inner strengths. In his absence his son Dovan must also learn to stand up for what he believes and try to fill his father's shoes.This is a lovely, gentle story written with care. The characters are well formed and engaging. I love the world the author has created and look forward to reading further instalments in this series.

  • Brenda
    2019-03-16 04:47

    Treespeaker is the tale of a village populated by simple people, people who work hard for what they have, growing their own produce, killing rabbits and deer only when it’s needed for food. The village has a group of Elders who determine their futures, and the Treespeaker of the Fifth Tribe of Arrakesh is Jakan. He has been treespeaker for many years, and took over from his father, who was treespeaker before him. Jakan had hoped his son, Dovan, would follow in his footsteps, but at seventeen, Dovan was showing no signs of having the gift.The forest they live in is protected by the Veil, and the will of Arrakesh is interpreted by Jakan, who then passes the information to his people, so they will thrive in their lives. But at his last SpringSpeak, the visions he saw were terrifying, and he couldn’t pass them on to his people, even to his wife, Jelena. He was unsure what to do, where to turn….When a stranger arrives by the name of Beldror after breaching the Veil, the villagers seem to accept him, and even fawn over him. But Jakan didn’t trust him, and it was obvious Beldror didn’t like him either. When Beldror uses his powers to control Jakan’s people, he was desperate….even Dovan was turned! With Jakan driven from his home, he needs to follow Arrakesh’s last message to seek help….on the outside! Can Jakan save his village from this fiend? Is their way of life, a life that has been this way for centuries, in jeopardy?I don’t normally read fantasy, but I was so involved with this skilfully written and delightful tale. I only wish I hadn’t left it so long to pick it up, as I’ve had it for some time! I’ll definitely read more of Katie Stewart’s work….

  • Nigel
    2019-03-09 06:53

    I'm not a massive fantasy fan however I do enjoy good ones even if they are a little rare. The reviews on this one drew me to it and the idea of the story looked promising. I can honestly say I've not read anything much better in quite a while - not quite unputdownable but very very close. In the end there are only so many basic story outlines in fantasy so it comes down to how it's told and this one is very very well written. Good characters, good pace, highs and lows (even had the hairs on the back of my neck reacting a couple of times!) and a reasonably well thought out world. It has the usual quest, mythical figures, puzzled goodies and evil baddies but the writing gripped me. If fantasy is your thing you could do worse than give this a try - I certainly plan to read the next book however this is a stand alone story.

  • Sharon Tillotson
    2019-03-12 03:55

    Treespeaker is a beautiful book from its cover to the end. Stewart has woven an allegorical tale of faith. Faith in an omniscient force, faith in life and faith in oneself. And what a tale it is. The book has all the elements that make a story inviting. The characters are engaging and flawed, the plot intricate and original throughout, the settings fully realized, the writing good.The author states somewhere that the book is not about good vs. evil and it is not. It is more a story about a conflicted human who is presented with overwhelming challenges, one of which is a man who engages in evil. He questions his faith, but finds the strength to fight the good fight of life and re-birth.Along the way, the reader is taken into a world most enchanting. Jakan, our hero, is a type of Shaman who loses some of his supernatural gifts just as a powerful sorcerer arrives to threaten his village. In order to defeat this evildoer he must leave his beloved and safe forest and seek out a stranger he met many years before. The road is full of strange and dangerous occurrences, and peopled with strange and wonderful creatures. I have not read much Fantasy, so I cannot say if it would appeal to those who do, but I can say it is skilfully written and delightful. If this book is indicative of Fantasy I can see myself reading more in the same genre. I will certainly watch for future books from this author.The ending has a wonderful, imaginative twist the reader could never have foreseen...4 stars.

  • Kath Middleton
    2019-02-24 03:33

    This is a fantasy tale for Young Adults, but people of that age pull no punches and neither does the author. Jakan, the Treespeaker, is one of a tribe of forest dwellers and through his gifts he can discern the will of Arrakesh, a forest spirit. Someone arrives within their community with the intention of cutting down the forest and enslaving the people. It's not an uncommon theme and was effective in Avatar, for example. Here, it's handled extremely well and touches upon human emotions and motivations with which young adults are just coming into contact, though they will deal with them as older adults too! We feel the greed of the interloper, the unfairness of what happens to Jakan, the disempowerment of the Treespeaker and the helplessness of his tribe. On the plus side we meet with loyalty, friendship, an urge for the common good, and I'm always happy to 'meet' a wise older woman - I like a good role model!Katie W Stewart has an excellent writing style. It's clear, engages the reader in the subject and makes the characters feel real. I found that I cared about Jakan and his family and about the fate of the forest. I loved some of the other characters he met too, including the little girl who helped him when he was injured. If you're a lover of a good fantasy adventure story, enjoy some deeper things to think about than just orc and mage wars, and appreciate some good quality writing, this is absolutely the book for you. I enjoyed it hugely!

  • Leonie
    2019-03-06 05:32

    I decided to read Treespeaker as one of my Australian Women Writers Challenge reviews. I'm really glad that I did. I enjoy fantasy, it's one of my favourite genres, and it was lovely to find a book that drew me towards the characters and their interactions so quickly. Katie W. Stewart has done a wonderful job of creating a believable and interesting world. Her religious system (for want of a better word) is immediate and intimate and satisfying.I'm hoping that Katie Stewart might choose to revisit the Treespeaker world at some point in the future, because I was disappointed when the story ended. This is purely for selfish reasons! Having said that, Treespeaker is a complete book. The story begins and ends, and is completely self contained. There are hints of a backstory, and there are possibilities for further exploration, but it is truly a finished story and a reader should not worry that the loose ends are not tied up.In my opinion, this book should read well across age groups. It is suitable for the YA market, and is also appealing to adults (me!). I'll be recommending it to my kids and my Goodreads friends.

  • Jamie D.
    2019-03-09 03:45

    Treespeaker is why I read. I am really happy to have found such a wonderfully written book.The book has a very well constructed story that contains original fantasy elements. It is heart-touching, the suspense is maintained from cover to cover, and the plot maintained unexpected outcomes throughout.I particularly liked the story's spiritual connection with the environment.I now look forward to reading Katie's other books.

  • Arlene Webb
    2019-02-21 00:58

    I highly recommend this imaginative novel. The characters are not only memorable, they'll wrap themselves around your heart. Add in a powerful setting, a seriously evil villian, and Treespeaker is marked on my kindle to re-read, asap.

  • Amos Fairchild
    2019-03-21 05:57

    Jakan's people live a peaceful existence at one with their world and their forest, but that is threatened with the arrival of a mysterious stranger. The village 'treespeaker' and spiritual leader, Jakan, must battle great loss, both of love and the respect of his peers, to save his world, his people' and his beloved forest. Meanwhile his son, Dovan, must find his place within a troubled land.This is a very refreshing tale that expressed themes which I found close to my heart. It is not a story of great battle and traditional heroes in shining armour, but rather the struggle of real people in a world rich in culture and its own unique and subtle magic. The story starts at a steady pace allowing the reader to know the well rounded and sometimes flawed characters well, and yet it is quite a page turner once the intrigue begins to build. I did get briefly lost amongst the many names early on in the piece as there were quite a few, but this was not a problem as the novel progressed and the key players became obvious. Other than that I felt this was well written and well presented, which is always tricky in the electronic format that I read the work in. I am kind of hoping there might be a sequel as there seems to be a seed left there that seems very promising and I would love to learn more of the wider world outside the forest. If not, then I'm sure the author has something else special on the way.

  • Katie Mineeff
    2019-03-10 04:44

    Jakan is Treespeaker for the Fifth Tribe of Arakesh, an honorable role that allows him to speak directly to his peoples diety, Arakesh. He experiences a confusing and alarming vision early in the story that has him fearful for the lives of his wife, Jalena and son, Dovan. Soon after the vision, a stranger named Beldror comes to his village. He is charming and quickly weaves his way into the affections of the Arakeshi people. Jakan dislikes him from the beginning and warns his son, Dovan away but to little effect.The story follows Jakan and Dovan as they struggle against the evil that is Beldror. They are both strong characters in very different ways and their journey is as much one of self-discovery as a fight for what they believe in. Strong themes of faith, power, love, belonging, identity and fear are intertwined in the plot. The story is largely character driven and Stewart has made it impossible not to be sucked into this fantasy world. What I liked most about the story was that Stewart never hesitated to set trial after trial before her protagonists, almost unrelentingly. This unforgiving approach made the ending all the more satisfying with its unpredictable twist.I recommend this book to any fantasy lover and anyone else who enjoys a bit of escapism from time to time. 4 *

  • Patti (baconater)
    2019-02-26 01:01

    Treespeaker is a character driven, theme laden story that builds empathy with the characters. The setting is perfectly drawn through the narrative, making it a story that is suited to the imagination and the screen.

  • Rosemary Kind
    2019-03-15 03:57

    Not many books make a lasting impression, but even several months on from reading this wonderful fantasy novel I am longing to go back into the world of this enthralling world. From start to finish I loved this book. It is moving, believable and completely gripping. Definitely worth a read.

  • Dave
    2019-03-18 07:51

    After reading some very good fantasy novels by indie authors, the cover, blurb and title of Treespeaker caught my attention. Pretty soon I understood that this novel is different from the fantasy I normally love. It lacked the epic battles of knights in full armor, the fireworks of mages and powerful wizards. Instead, I got tangled in the roots of a forest village tribe, protected by the intricate, subtle magic of the Tree God, Arrakesh. No in-your-face bombastic magic, but an unassuming, delicate and organic magic that is quite unique and interesting. And despite the lack of epic battles, Treespeaker has plenty of tension and enough action to keep reading chapter after chapter.I don't like spoilers in reviews, so I won't tell too much about the story. The main character, Jakan, the Treespeaker (a sort of shaman) of his tribe, encounters drama after drama as a stranger succeeds breaking through the protective barrier of the forest. With all these setbacks, Jakan tries to cling to his belief in Arrakesh and travels far away and at great risk to save his tribe.The depth and development of characters is very good in this novel, and we see Jakan and is son struggle with issues which are also part of our lives, and very identifiable. This book deals with themes which are universal, and add to its depth. The writing is excellent, in a clear and sober tone, and - it is a word I keep coming back to - subtle. And again an indie novel which is very well edited and with a clear and pleasant layout.One minor complaint I could find was with the plot, which is fairly linear and lacks the convoluted intrigue I like in epic fantasy. However, there are enough twists and the novel has sufficient pace to keep the reader involved. And the ending is quite nifty, with an excellent twist which again shows the unique magic displayed and the subtlety of author Katie Stewart. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and hope there will be a sequel soon.I have one final comment. The lack of graphic violence, explicit language and all that stuff which I normally read and even like in novels was simply refreshing. That makes Treespeaker appropriate for all readers, and especially for those who search for novels that have no Content Advisory. I would recommend this novel to anyone.

  • B J Burton
    2019-02-27 02:41

    I really enjoyed this book, and I’m sure that I would have enjoyed reading it any age from about twelve. This is the sort of fantasy that really appeals to me. There are no great battles, no super-heroes, no super-weapons. The struggle of good against evil is at a spiritual level in a world where the mind is open to the ancient magic.Jakan’s tribe live in the forest, protected from the outside world by the veil. He is the Treespeaker, blessed with the gift of communication with Arrakesh, the spirit of the forest. He uses the gift to advise his tribe of actions they must take to preserve the balance of life in the forest and so protect their way of life. A stranger arrives from the outside world who has somehow broken through the veil. Jakan senses the evil within him – a force so strong that Jakan cannot resist it alone. Arrakesh speaks to him and tells him to leave the safety of the forest to seek help. And so we have that other ingredient of many fine stories – a quest.The book is beautifully written with excellent characterisation. There are no sub-plots to distract the reader; the tale flows from beginning to end with ample twists and turns to keep me turning the pages and to make me resent any interruption.

  • Pauline Ross
    2019-02-19 01:49

    This was another free book, although I have no idea where I got it from (it's still cheap on Amazon). I've learned to be wary of freebies, but there's no need with this one - it's a charming and absorbing story, well-written and thankfully also well-edited. It's a quiet tale of one man and his son trying to protect their people's way of life from encroaching outsiders. Those with a liking for action should look elsewhere; there are no battles, no sword fights and not a single buckle is swashed. I very much liked the setting - a gentle society living (rather idealistically, it must be said) in harmony with their forest, protected by their god Arrakesh and his mouthpiece Jakan, the Treespeaker of the title. It's probably not a realistic way of life (acorn bread?? and how do they manage to find so much firewood without impacting the forest?) but then this is fantasy. The most disappointing aspect, for me, was the traditional division of labour - men hunt and collect firewood and mend the roof, women tend goats and vegetables, and cook and sew. But at least the women could become Elders, which is something, I suppose. But I would have liked a little more information about the lifestyle of the Arrakeshi. And a map - fantasy is always better with a map, in my opinion (I did eventually find a rather sketchy one on one of the author's numerous websites/blogs).The story is, it has to be said, somewhat simplistic. The Arrakeshi, with their principle of living in harmony with the forest, are definitely the good guys, and Carlika, the world outside, is the Big Bad, set on eliminating or enslaving the Arrakeshi and exploiting the forest resources. And although some attempt is made to justify these actions (they are forced to use slaves to dig for coal because they destroyed all their own forests, slavers have to earn a crust too and so on), it's fairly half-hearted. Carlika itself is rather glossed over - there are roads and farms and towns and villages, but the story jumps quickly from one place to another, and Jakan's reactions to this strange environment are only sparsely described. Since he has never left the forest before, it should feel more alien to him, yet this seldom comes across. The magic systems used by the two societies are equally differentiated. The Arrakeshi have a Treespeaker for each tribe, who is in communication with the god Arrakesh through the forest itself, and follow orders regarding the number of deer they can hunt each year, and so on, to maintain a proper balance. The Treespeaker also has healing powers, augmented by a special kind of stone. The Carlikans have a more destructive kind of magic, which can control minds, create fire, fell trees and generally wreak havoc.The characters are not overly deep, but they do have a certain quirky charm. I would have liked to see some of the female roles given more screen-time, rather than being used as background characters to help or motivate the leading men, or simply to move the plot along. The two main characters, Jakan and his son Dovan, would have worked just as well as women, I think. But it's a minor point, and some of the older women are interesting - Megda and Hekja, for instance. And all the characters are realistic mixtures of good and bad impulses.The plot gets a little contrived towards the end, or maybe it's intended to be allegorical or some such, who knows. It could have done with a slightly slower pace, too. There was a lot of Jakan's journey that was just passed over, and in no time we were back in the forest. I understand the author's desire to get to the climax, but the whole quest seemed all too easy, somehow. In particular, he found Varyd without the slightest bother. The final confrontation produced a few nice twists, but generally the outcome was very much as you would expect, with some unexpected magical events (close to deus ex machina at points) to help things along, and everything set up nicely for a sequel (although this reads perfectly well as a stand-alone). It's not a profound book, and some of the 'you just got to have faith' and 'there has to be balance' messages were layered on with a trowel. As the author says: "This is not a book about good versus evil. This is a book about belonging, balance and belief." OK, we get it. It is also a very readable, straightforward story of one man struggling to do the right thing, even when he isn't quite sure what that is. I found it a great page-turner, with emotionally engaging characters, a heart-wrenching problem for them to solve and an intriguing, if not overly detailed, setting. An enjoyable read. Somewhere between three and four stars, but I'll be generous, so let's say four.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-28 08:56

    Jakan has a fulfilling life. He is a father and a husband, and more, he is Treespeaker to his people, the fifth tribe of Arrakesh. He interprets the will of Arrakesh, helping his people to thrive in their forest home. One day, a stranger named Beldror arrives from the outside. The villagers make him welcome, but Jakan senses that this visitor is hiding something dark. Jakan's worst fears are confirmed when Beldror uses his powers to turn the minds of the villagers against Jakan, even his own son, Dovan. Jakan is driven from the forest. It is up to Jakan to follow Arrakesh's last words of guidance in the hopes that he can wrest power back from Beldror before the Arrakeshi and their way of life are destroyed.Treespeaker is a fantasy in the classic sense: It's set in a world completely unlike our own. Its populated by people with magical powers and it harbours strange creatures. But like any good fantasy, in Katie W. Stewart's book, readers find a deliberately crafted story that explores themes that are all too human: greed, lust for power, trust, and submission to the will of a higher power, to name a few.However, readers should be prepared to tackle a few stumbling blocks along the way. First, Treespeaker suffers from a lack of subplot, which means that although the book is well-written, reading it is like travelling a straight path bordered by hedges. You move forward toward your destination, but there's no opportunity to pop off and explore something interesting along the way. And second, while the plot does provide a few surprising twists, Stewart's rendering of some of the more dramatic scenes saps a lot of the excitement. I found it difficult to summon up more than an academic interest in the plights of the characters.Overall, I suggest this book for fans of fantasy who want a classic good vs. evil story with a modern ending. But, if you're looking for a nuanced study of human nature, then I suggest waiting a little while for Stewart to come out with something new; I have a feeling that she'll improve as she goes along.For more of my reviews, visit my blog, StarLit.

  • TC
    2019-02-27 05:34

    This book is my latest foray into the realm of fantasy, a genre which has really grown on me lately. Jakan is the treespeaker for the 5th Tribe of Arrakesh. He is the man who communes with Arrakesh to determine the course his forest village should take, and as such is an influential person within the community. However his role, and the village's way of life, is threatened when an outsider arrives with hidden intentions. When Jakan finds himself outside the veil which protects the forest, trying to save his life and his village, his son Dovan is discovering powers he didn't know he had.This is an adult book but the content and themes make it suitable for the younger reader too. I loved the pastoral feel and the beliefs held by the Arrakeshi people, and thought the testing of their beliefs and the lure of the neighbouring, arguably more advanced, land was a great element. I also liked the creatures in the story that appear in the Arrakeshi's mythology, and the magical elements.There is definitely an element of "the grass is greener" for the young people of the tribe who are allowed outside the veil for a year once they are 18. Dovan is looking forward to his own Sharesh, and exploring new places, but in order to save his home he has to grow up quickly. I really liked this character and felt for him as he tried to overcome tragedy but still be strong and almost take on his father's role despite his age and inexperience. It's probably an overused phrase but it is partly a coming of age story in addition to the age old battle of good and evil.In places I found the introduction of several new characters at once a bit hard to keep track of, especially with some of the unusual names but I really enjoyed the beautiful world the author had created, and the level of detail regarding their culture which is woven in well. It's been very well edited and I would love to see a sequel, especially with more of Dovan's viewpoint.

  • E.J.
    2019-03-02 06:43

    As Treespeaker, Jakan's duty is to convey Arrakesh's will to his people, to enable them to maintain the balance of the forest and secure the prosperity of their small, peaceful community. When Arrakesh sends him a series of troubling visions, however, he struggles to communicate them to the others. At the same time, a stranger called Beldror arrives from beyond the Veil and is welcomed into the community. Although Beldror seems to charm most people, Jakan cannot warm to him. As events unravel, Jakan's faith in Arrakesh is put to the ultimate test. And when his link with the guarding spirit is brutally severed, how can Jakan hope to save his people?Treespeaker is a little gem. Katie W. Stewart has a fantastic writing style and she creates a wonderful world: Jakan's idyllic forest home is very convincing and will quickly draw you in. It reminds me of books like Redwall (Brian Jacques), although without the anthropomorphism. The duel narrative works very well, and I grew to love both Jakan and his son Dovan equally. You will really care for the characters and their plight.While I would love to give this five stars, there are a couple of things that hold it back a little. The first section of the novel is flawless, but when the plot takes on the form of a quest, it is not quite so seamless. For example, the point where Jakan teaches Tashi to use a slingshot, which then becomes his way to freedom from the hawk, feels a little too contrived. But tiny things like this didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book over all.It's one of those rare reads that could be returned to time and time again, and will be loved by all ages.

  • Lindsay Stares
    2019-02-22 07:56

    Premise: Jakan is the Treespeaker for the Fifth Tribe of Arrakesh. His people live deep in the sacred forest, and speak to their god through special great trees, one in each tribe. The Treespeaker names the proper Chief Elder for the Tribe, foretells the weather, and generally advises the people so that they can live in balance with the forest. But this year, all Jakan can foresee is danger and death. A danger is coming to the tribe from outside, even though that should not be possible. It is also impossible for a Treespeaker to leave the forest and live, but Jakan will have to try, if he wants to save his people.I thought the writing in this book was quite strong, although I didn't love the last third or so.The world of the Tribes is colorful and interesting. I liked the use of magic, the mystery surrounding the impending doom, the internal politics of the group and the families. There's some romanticizing of their pastoral way of life, but that's par for the course in this genre.Reading about Jakan trying to survive in the world outside the forest, where no one knows the rules he's always lived by, is pretty great too. There's a nice dose of mysticism, and a good scattering of supporting characters. The style is addictive and easy to follow.However, somewhere near the build up to the climax the plot takes a left turn. Suddenly their god seems a lot more powerful, Jakan's mission fairly pointless, and a lot of the earlier plot and theme seems undermined. The ending is fine, I just found it really unsatisfying compared to what had gone before.Overall I'm going to have to call it a good book, but it could have been better.3 Stars – A Good Book

  • Tahlia Newland
    2019-03-21 03:00

    This is an excellent story about the shaman of a tribe of forest dwellers and his son. Well written and engaging, the plot takes us on the shamman’s journey to save his people from a sourcer who has ripped a hole in the veil that protects the foirest and their way of life from the plain dwellers on the other side. On the other side of the veil, the forest has been destroyed through ignorance and the sourcer sees the forest’s timber as a way to riches. We see the shaman’s spiritual relationship with the forest and the arrogance and spiritual poverty of the shaman who doesn’t believe. The story looks at the issues of faith, cultural differences and the dire consequences of people’s disregarding the importance of maintaining the balance of nature. All good messages for our world.

  • Louise Warman
    2019-03-01 05:47

    A beautiful tale of the clash between a peaceful, faithful and self-contained people and the evils and greed of the modernising society beyond their forest home.One of the hardest elements for a fantasy author to pull off is making the story fantastical yet believable - a world that is different enough from our own to be interesting, yet could be just behind a door or hidden by a fold in the landscape. For me Katie W Stewart almost completely pulls this off; I only wavered with the creatures in the forest of Dralgo.I would like to know more about the history of this World in order to become completely absorbed by it. Looking forward to reading the sequel.

  • Odette
    2019-03-07 03:53

    Treespeaker is the story of Jakan, his family and the people of the forest. After receiving a very ominous message from Arrakesh, a visitor, Beldor arrives in the village and starts to create havoc in the tribe.This is the first time for a while that I have read a fantasy book. Although, perhaps it is not my favourite genre, I thought this book was well written. The language brought to life the world of the forest. There are several themes running through this book - conservation, regeneration and good vs evil.

  • Linda Barnett
    2019-03-10 07:37

    I have been reading a lot of fantasy lately and it was getting a little stale, so I started this book with reservations, but it's just what I needed for a break from gigantic, violent battle scenes, with repeated near death duels between the white knight good guys and the evil bad guys.Treespeaker is a much quieter, kinder saga with characters that you care about, worry over and root for their success when events seem to be going against them. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series and will be checking out anything else that she has written.

  • Jeanne Johnston
    2019-02-22 03:53

    A fourth of the way in, I wanted to bail on this book... So many stupid people, an obvious villain there to ruin everything, a hero clearly doomed to fail on his own... but I kept going and found a decent ending. I apparently didn't fully absorb the real lesson about letting go of ego and trusting, because I was really disappointed the least deserving should get a second chance. Still, not a bad story and where other writers would have made us suffer as much through the struggles to reach the climax, here we were able to mercifully skip the misery and just get on with it.

  • Marti Norton
    2019-02-24 01:58

    Treespeaker is an awesome story! You get dragged into the "world" fast and you become one with the characters. Katie Stewart makes you love her characters... well, some of them you will hate... but she's planned that too. The plot is fantastic... there is plenty of conflict and great character interactions. The characters are "real", not flat. Once you start reading, it's hard to put this book down!

  • Tracy
    2019-02-26 07:42

    I was surprised that I enjoyed Treespeaker. It is not an action packed traditional fantasy novel and that is what I usually read. The writing is excellent as is the world building. It is the characters who suck you into the story - they are complex and believable. It is a very spiritual tale, with an environmental message underlying it. Though it was not my usual type of read I really did enjoy it.

  • Sift Book Reviews
    2019-03-08 01:53

    Treespeaker is an intricately woven book that reads like an old oral history. It flows beautifully; with the story so deeply rooted in nature, the writing seemed to take on a life of its own and bloom in its own right.See the entire review at Sift: http://www.siftreviews.com/2011/06/tr...Review by: Erica of Sift Book ReviewsSift Book Reviews received a free copy for review from the author. This has, in no way, affected the reviewer's opinion.

  • Julie Powell
    2019-03-20 03:51

    I loved how this fantasy world was brought alive by the writing style, which flowed easily from one page to the next. The well-rounded characters were perfect for the tale, plunging the reader into their lives within the richly woven plot.I don't give spoilers but will say that for those who enjoy fantasy and myth, this book is for you.

  • Lily Malone
    2019-02-24 00:35

    Another wonderfully woven book by Katie W Stewart. This had a lovely natural narrative flow to it. I found the story unwound at its own pace, in no great hurry, and this was fitting as the setting relates to forests and nature - and things rarely hurry there.

  • LiteraryChanteuse
    2019-03-05 01:52

    An incredible tale with elements of mysticism and ancient folklore that take you on a perilous journey through forests, guided with spirits of nature and a tribal people that are unforgettable. Story telling at it's best!