I'm a homeschool mom, and I choose my kids' books with care On a friend's recommendation, I read The King of the Trees aloud to my youngsters (There is a pronunciation guide in the back.) They absolutely loved it, as do I Biblical themes and principles are woven artfully throughout the story, which is a fun read even if someone doesn't understand the allegory I was a little hesitant to take on a fantasy series, but unlike most fantasy books these days, this book isn't dark or depressing It's all about good, clean adventure and mystery You won't find occult references, bloodthirsty vampires or violence here In fact, I think the author has gone out of his way to debunk magic.We're rereading this book as a family before launching into the rest of the series (I'm looking forward to the other books.) I can't recommend the King of the Trees highly enough to anyone who loves fantasy adventure that is both uplifting and exciting Lucambra is a world that my children and I will be visiting again and again (I am even sewing some green cloaks for them to wear while we're reading or roleplaying scenes from the story.) this is one of my favourite boks and my third favorite in the series a must read for all ages If you ever happen by the book store at the Woodburn Outlet Mall off of I5 on a Saturday you will probably meet the author of this book He will definitely sign it for you and let you know that he will be at the Oregon State Fair so you can get the rest of his books in this series.The idea of this book is very interesting Mostly fantasy, the story centers around a boy, Rolin, who doesn't know it but is going to become King of a group of people that move through trees to different worlds They take a lifetree that if it gets cut down they will get the sickness and die So there is a bad guy and his dragon and followers, and all the good guys trying to kill him and be unrepressed. An amazing book!! I loved it! Wow! I really liked this book I just finished it I was sad to read the last page, but I'm looking forward to readingabout Rolin and Marlis in the next book (My birthday is coming up!) The dragon and griffins are soooo cool My favorite characters are Rolin and Windsong. I LOVE this book along with each sequel! We have raed this several times over and each time catching new points! Full of adventure, fantasy and healthy good versus evil, never glorifying the evil A biblical alegory the Christian can relate to but a non Christian would also enjoy this read, as it is full of ongoing adventure and appealing storyline Once you've read the first book you will be compelled to read each in the series! I just finished reading this AMAZING book A friend of mine recommended it to me I got it off the website At first, I wasn't sure I would like it After the first chapter or two, I couldn't stop reading It's about a boy named Rolin who has adventures in another world with mythical animals I especially enjoyed the griffins Mythical creatures are common in fantasy books, but this book puts a different twist on them I read a lot of fantasy, and after a while, all the plots start sounding the same Somebody is always trying to find a dragon, or kill a dragon, or becomes a dragon, or befriends a dragon From what I know of dragons, they are cunning, evil and bloodthirsty That is how the author casts the dragon in this book Rolin doesn't go on a dragon quest Instead, he and his friends search for the tree of life On this quest, they get attacked by the dragon and some other nasty creatures.What I loved about this story is the way good triumphs over evil, and the happy ending Most fantasy books I read lack any kind of point or purpose It's just all about the action, but there's no lesson You can start off with a great story, but if evil wins and the good characters get killed off, it's a real downer It's the same thing when good characters are evil and evil characters are good The symbolism in the book shows how good will always win out in the end, even when things look pretty bleak (And the good characters don't have to resort to magic or spells or sorcery to come out on top Quite the opposite.)I also really enjoyed the Christian symbolism in the book The message wasn't too heavy handed, either Even if you don't like that kind of thing, this book makes a fun adventure read for anybody who likes fantasy I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.I highly recommend this book. What do an old wooden box, a jeweled pendant and some mysterious, greengarbed 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 in the mountains With the help of some grumpy griffins and a longlost prophecy, Rolin and his friends battle a fiendish foe and his underworld army; deadly snaketrees; a dragon, and other mythological creatures On their perilous quest for the fabled Isle of Luralin and the Tree of Life, 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 This was a fabulous book! I was hooked from the very first page I really could relate to the characters It's the story of a teenaged boy named Rolin, the son of a beekeeper Rolin's mother and grandmother have just passed away from a mysterious illness, so he is feeling very sad and lonely Other kids make fun of him because he is different, but he doesn't know why He belongs in another world that he has never heard of before (I guess he thinks his world is the only one.) Not even his father knows where Rolin's mother and grandmother came from.Rolin starts finding clues to his past when he digs up an old box in his cellar One thing leads to another, and he gets chased into the forest, meets a peculiar old man, climbs a funny little tree, and is attacked by a ferocious wild beast that looks like a nightmare (That's just the first two chapters.) Still, I wouldn't call this book gory or violent It just has lots of excitement and adventure.Befriended by the suspicious Greencloaks, Rolin offers to go on a quest to find the Tree of Life All this happens as foretold in the Prophecy, a riddle that Rolin and his friends piece together during the story At the end, there is a terrific battle, but the good characters only watch Thanks to some flying creatures and a trick Rolin borrows from the Prophecy, the good guys don't have to lift a finger.It turns out Rolin isimportant than he or anyone else suspects.I really like how the book ends on a happy note I may read it again, just to be sure I didn't miss anything The story has some good messages. I enjoy reading all sorts of fantasy Recently, I came across The King of the Trees in my school library This is a fabulous book! It's the first book in a series, and it's different than anything I've ever read before I guess the closest would be the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or the Hobbit It's the kind of book that both kids and adults would enjoy reading It helps that there's a glossary in the back I wrote a book report on the King of the Trees, and now my friends are also reading it.The book is about a teenager named Rolin who lives in a medievaltype world There aren't any knights or castles in this book, but there is a pretty big dragon and all sorts of griffins There are also some other fantastical creatures that the author made up When Rolin discovers an old wooden box in his cellar, he gets chased by the Greencloaks and stumbles upon another world where a terrible war is taking place (The good guys are losing.) Rolin gets caught up in this war, and he volunteers to fulfill an ancient prophecy by going off in search of the tree of life I can't tell you what happens next, but during his quest, Rolin finds out who he really is He also makes some new friends, which is a good thing, since he didn't have many friends to start with The other kids were picking on him where he used to live.I found myself really getting drawn into the story as it went along I noticed some religious themes, which was ok Some people don't like that kind of thing, but I enjoyed the parallels with the Bible It shows that you can be a Christian and still have fun It was especially interesting how the author tied the past, present and future together with riddles.I recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy stories with dragons and other kinds of mythical animals.