Book Review: Treefell: Legend of the Wood

“Legend of the Wood” is the first book in what promises to be a lush journey through a world where forests are not merely trees, but teachers, guides … and enemies?Author Rae Elliott quickly ushers the reader into this unique setting and dives deep into the connection the forest has with its inhabitants. Using a wide variety of sensory description, one easily becomes immersed into this symbiotic relationship.

The characters are well developed and each have their own voice. The main character, Geth, from whom the story is told through, runs through a gambit of emotions as the secrets and agendas unfold. He does his best to cope with his changing world, and clings fast to the deep connection he has with the forest.

His brother, Anfin, is very much the jealous, overshadowed younger sibling who sees nothing but contempt from Geth, real or imagined, and is blind to the manipulation of his life taking place right behind him.

The brother’s wise teacher, Riken, and their Father also add to the complexity that surrounds their now fragile society.This is definitely a set-up book for the rest of the series, as the ending is left wide open with many loose strings waiting to be tied. It should prove to be a good ride as I expect each book to build upon this strong opening.

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