The King Of The Trees

The King Of The Trees

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BN ID: 2940157875268
Publisher: WinePress Publishing WA
Publication date: 10/26/2004
Series: "King of the Trees" , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 233
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

William D. Burt is the award-winning author of the seven-title Christian allegorical "King of the Trees" series. Other works are in progress. Two of his titles (out of three submitted) were finalists in the 2014 Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest: "The King of the Trees" and "The Golden Wood."

"The King of the Trees" subsequently won the 2014 Silver Medal in the category of "Christian fantasy."

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 "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 40 years' experience. His interests include reading, foreign languages and mycology. He is married with two grown children.

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King of the Trees 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Kiwiria on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Christian fantasy. The first half of the book was really good - great writing and I really got to care about the characters. Unfortunately the writing lost some of its tightness in the second half, resulting in stilted conversations and awkward jumps from scene to scene. Really a shame, because I enjoyed the plot and found it very interesting.I think the author would have benefited from not having the King of the Trees reference the Bible quite as much though. The same effect could have been achieved without the direct quotes, as the allegory was sufficiently obvious, so they seemed unnecessary and threw me out of the story, as he started sounding like he was in fact quoting, rather than talking himself.Had those two points been handled better in editing, I would have considered this a great book, because the story itself really drew me in, and made me want to learn more about the universe and the characters. Seeing as this is the author's debut novel, I think it's reasonable to hope that these weaknesses will disappear in later books in the series.
nm.fall08.r.steele on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book "The King of Trees" in my way was a really good book. it might be a little slow at the start but it gets better in time. the book is about a boy named Rolin figures out his grand mothers past that she was once queen of another world named Lucambria, and that he is supposed to be lika a Prophet is supposed to be king of Lucambria after he defeats an evil sorcerer to claim his throne.
TWJ_Magazine More than 1 year ago
“The greatest help oft comes in harm’s disguise to those with trusting heart and open eyes.” (Bembor to Rolin on his re-entrance to Thalmos) William Burt has created a host of memorable characters in The King of the Trees! Rolin appears as the son of the Beekeeper, and then, in the midst of accompanying his father to market, he is introduced to a new world, a new sense of wonder and amazement, and the realization that his life has just taken on a whole new dimension. Through a series of discoveries, confrontations and trials Rolin learns much about Lucambra and its inhabitants. He learns about the link between Earth (or Thalmos) and Lucambra and the hidden passages that are known only to a few and guarded for the safety of all who live beyond the opening. He learns that his past holds great significance to the Lucambrians and he must be convinced that the son of a beekeeper can hold such a place in either world. Shortly after all of this is revealed to Rolin, (time is kind of irrelevant in the grand scheme of things in this story) he and his new acquaintances are engaged in the beginning of a fierce battle, and the outcome….well, remember the saying… “The greatest help oft comes in harm’s disguise to those with trusting heart and open eyes.” The outcome is something every reader will thrill to discover! It is hard for me to read fantasy and truly enjoy it most of the time, because I get tend to lost in the descriptions and histories of the different life forms. However, William Burt has created such vivid word pictures that the reader (and I was so amazed at this!) is easily drawn from Earth’s realm into the Lucambrian realm with ease. The story unfolds with effortless charm and the characters, regardless of their race or resident world, are believable and very likable. I am so glad to learn that The King of the Trees is the first in a series of books so I can read more. I am genuinely excited to recommend this book to you! (The Wordsmith Journal strives to guide readers to books of personal interest, with the understanding and respect that what appeals to some may not appeal to others. Therefore we attempt to keep our reviews focused on content, genre and style. The rating is necessary to make use of Goodreads and Amazon. It reflects the reviewer’s own level of enjoyment, but the review is intended to be informative for the benefit of all readers.)
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite The King of the Trees by William D. Burt is a fantasy story. Rolin lives with his dad in Beechtown in a big forest. Their job is collecting honey from their many beehives and selling it on Market Day. But on Market Day, Rolin finds himself being chased by Greencloaks who want his grandmother's jeweled pendant. The adventures of Rolin begin when he is taken on a fantasy trip and encounters batwolves, dragons, grumpy griffins, and other exciting creatures. Will Rolin be able to discover the mystery behind his grandmother's jewelry box?  This book is an absolute delight. Children and adults will be enchanted. It is an excellent book to read aloud and it is ideal for those who love nature and trees. The glossary/pronunciation guide at the back helps readers to learn the words they do not know. Adventure stories open the minds of children to imagination and creativity because authors always come up with whimsy and magic.  The black and white sketches are as appealing as the fantasy itself. The strange lands, the interesting people, and the imaginative names all are enjoyable to a reader who is looking for some adventure and excitement. The book also has a nice Christian message which adds to the depth of the story. It is always good to write a story with a message for children because that is the best way to advise them. I recommend this book for children because it is a beautifully woven tale.
Anne_M_Baxter More than 1 year ago
This YA (young adult) fantasy is patterned a little like the Chronicals of Narnia. In other words, perhaps intended for young folks but enjoyable also to adults. You might recognize in it analogies to Bible scriptures. You might wonder how it's going to end up, if the heroes will survive all the tribulations they must endure. The main character is Rolin Son of Gannon, a red-haired fourteen-year-old with a knack for finding the best mushrooms in the forests and getting teased by his peers who lived in the nearby town. They teased him about him and his mushrooms, about the bees his father kept, and his crazy grandmother. Rolin finds a small wooden box his grandmother left him when she died. In it is a jewel pendant along with some dried flower petals. He puts on the pendant, and he and his father go into town to sell their honey and potatoes. Rolin has his eye on a spyglass he'd like to get, so off he goes to find the man who has them for sale. Some Greencoats catch a glimpse of his pendant and accuse him of theft. Rolin runs into the forest to escape them. A tall Stranger leads him to a strange-looking tree. Rolin's good at climbing trees, and he clambers up what he later finds out is a torsil tree--one that transports climbers to a different place. And that is where Rolin's adventures really begin. He meets Gemmio and Opio, Bembor and Emmer, Scanlon and Marlis. He discovers the existence of sythan-ars and griffins, and the Isle of Luralin and Waganupa (the Tree of Life). And you might decide that he also meets himself over the progress of this epic, the beginning book of The King of the Trees Series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book and the other two Bill has written are wonderful. If you like Tolkien and C.S. Lewis you will love these too! fast paced and hard to put down. Great Christian morals.