Book 3 in the "King of the Trees" allegorical series by William D. Burt. Includes glossary and pronunciation guide at the back for easier reading and for reading aloud.
The gallows loom large over Timothy son of Garth and his friends when twelve trumpet blasts awaken sleepy Beechtown. Forced into exile by conniving Thalmosians, the royal family and their faithful companions set out to rescue a kidnapped Princess Meghan and deliver the griffins from a deadly wasting disease. Their journey takes them on a quest to find a fabled golden forest and learn its secrets. To save the sorcs, they must enlist the help of the mysterious Wood Folk, an ancient and noble race inhabiting the perilous forest. In laying down his life for a stranger, Timothy discovers that the true measure of trees and men lies in the hidden treasures of the heart.
The Golden Wood is a gripping adventure tale that will captivate pre-teens, teens and adults.
About the Author
All seven of Burt’s series titles have been awarded five stars by Readers’ Favorite reviewers.
He was also a 2013 finalist in The Authors Show.com "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading" competition.
Having spent most of his teenage years vicariously adventuring in Middle Earth, the author is an avid fantasy fan. His first fantasy title, The King of the Trees, came out in 1998 (first edition). While still in high school, he began his writing career editing his father's popular identification guides, Edible and Poisonous Plants of the Western/Eastern States. As an Assistant Professor in the Special Education Department at Western Oregon University, he served as a successful grant-writer and program coordinator.
Burt holds a B.S. in English from Lewis and Clark College and an M.S. from Western Oregon University in Deaf Education. He is an RID-certified sign-language interpreter with over forty years’ experience. His interests include reading, foreign languages and mycology. He is married with two grown children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite The Golden Wood (The King of the Trees, 3) by William D. Burt is the third book of the series. King Rolin and Queen Marlin are forced into exile. With their companions, they set out to discover the secrets of the fabled golden forests from the griffins. They must also ask for help from the Wood Folk, an ancient race. The book, like the previous two books, is filled with adventure, mystery, and fantasy. The whimsy element always attracts readers because it provides a surreal and ethereal feel to the story and its descriptions. The author has created a new world for children filled with tree-men, owl-faced griffins, and has made Lucambra an enchanted area. Adventure and fantasy stories go well together and always attract readers. The creativity of the author is reflected in the characters, the places, and the descriptions. The story has a Christian theme and message for readers. Books with a message and a moral are always good for young readers because they always manage to make an impact. It is not only a book for children because adults can enjoy this adventure/fantasy tale as well. The rhymes, the simple song at the end, and the black and white sketches add to the charm of the book.