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Below the Root Paperback – November 10, 2005
Against the backdrop of an ancient battle between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness, Aidan struggles to control the newly awakened and enigmatic powers that seem to be his only hope for rescuing Ava, his little sister, trapped somewhere beyond the Veil. Paperback | Kindle book | See more for Teen and Young Adult readers
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Raamo is thirteen years old and lives happily in a land called Green-sky. His world is a society created in the tops of the trees. Here, people have fashioned a wonderful peaceful life for themselves, never engaging in violence or negative feelings of any kind. The only source of distress, in fact, comes from the evil Pash-shan that live below the surface of the earth below. Inhuman creatures that steal children and adults when they can, the Pash-shan are imprisoned in their lairs by a thick vine called the Wissenroot. Now Raamo has been given the chance to join the spiritual and governmental leaders of the land, named the Ol-zhaan.Read more ›
In addition to providing a marvelous coming-of-age tale set in a wonderful new world, this book will provoke you to ponder and debate important questions about the nature of good and evil. Is it possible to eliminate violence from a society by segregating and repressing the passions? Should governments/priesthoods/scientists withold potentially dangerous knowledge from laypeople to protect them, and does this unshared power inevitably corrupt?
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As Raamo progresses in his training, he learns the history of the Kindar people, how they came from another planet ravaged by war and the first Ol-zhaan were determined to eradicate these emotions from subsequent generations. Now the Kindar know nothing of violence, war, or any original thought for that matter. The people chant proscribed chants of peace and live a very restricted existence where they are not allowed to even look at the forest floor. Raamo is befriended by Neric, another young Ol-zhaan healer, who urges him to re-think everything they have been told about life in Green-sky and the supposedly evil Pash-shan monsters.
Neric and Raamo take a dangerous trip to the forest floor, where they find eight-year-old Teera lost in the forest. Assuming she is a child who has fallen from the trees, they take her back to Green-sky and leave her in the care of Raamo?s family. When they learn that little Teera is not a Kindar, but a Pash-shan, or Erdling as they call themselves, their world is turned upside down.
Excellent fantasy for any age. The Kindar and Erdlings are a little reminiscent of the Morlocks and Eloi in The Time Machine. Another fantastic book that has a very similar story is THE GIVER by Lois Lowry.
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I wanted to read this trilogy because I grew up playing the computer game based on it. The books are good and they clear up some questions I remember from the game. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tracydvm
I played the game Below the Root as a kid and only recently discovered there was a trilogy on which the game was based. Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. Bajcar
I've been fascinated by the Below the Root stories ever since I discovered the video game in the mid 80s - happy to find the books for Kindle. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Moab
Sweet childhood memories of playing the computer game. I purchased the whole trilogy and love having it in my bookcase.Published 13 months ago by padme
Great story - looking forward to the second book. There are parts in the first half of the book that move particularly slowly but it is satisfying in conclusion though very... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Chet St Clair
I did read this book before I gave it to my niece and thought it was well written with an excellent 'moral' to the story. She really liked it as well. Read morePublished 18 months ago by JanMarie
Similar to avatar but a good read. Definitely allows your imagination to thrive!Published 18 months ago by Laura
I got so caught up in this story with great characters, that I couldn't put it down. I know you have heard that before but this is such a different world with unique characters and... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Char Jorgensen