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The Tree of Souls Paperback – May 1, 2016
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About the Author
Katrina Archer lives and writes on her sailboat in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She has worked in aerospace, video games, and film, and has been known to copy edit for fun. She is the author of the dark fantasy "The Tree of Souls", the young adult fantasy "Untalented", and the nature photography book "Shorescapes of Southern British Columbia". She owns 500 books, four vehicles (none of which is a helicopter), one dog, too many Apple devices, and is tolerated by her cat, who is more famous in Germany than she is.
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Tree of Souls tells the story of Umbra, a mysterious woman with amnesia. Her past is the key to preventing an all out war between two groups of people: ascendant Clans and the nomadic Gherza. This is a dual timeline story, with one story in the past and one in the present. Through the past we learn how two young women try to create a bridge between the clans and the nomads, but test the strength of that bridge when they both fall in love with the same man, a man who loves one woman, but believes he must marry the other. In the present, Umbra fights to discover her past and use that knowledge, and the power that comes with it, to heal old wounds in both herself and those who are depending on her to not just save them from war, but save their souls as well.
If you enjoy sword & sorcery with a dash of romance, this is your book. What I enjoyed the most was the climax where everything I thought I knew about Umbra was completely wrong. The reveal of her past and her true identity shocked me and that's not an easy thing to do. I'm pleased to recommend this book.
Although this book contains many chapters, there are only two chapter names: "Now" and "Then." Telling a tale In this way, where the past and the present are on a collision course is not an easy thing to do. I would say that Katrina Archer has mastered the intricacies of not telling too much in the chapters entitled "Then," as well as not saying too little in the chapters called "Now." She has achieved just the right balance to keep the plot moving while piquing her readers' interest.
Another aspect of fantasy is world building. Sometimes that world is so different from the one that we know and at other times the differences seem so small as to be unimportant. Suspension of disbelief often hinges on the success of the author at world building. In some ways, THE TREE OF SOULS seems very much like our world with a little added magic. At other times, if feels like a very foreign landscape. Issues of religion and other are examined within the confines of a very specific mythology in which the specific societies live. There were times, as I read, that I found myself examining our very real world of today with the world in this book. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing. If you are suddenly torn from a fantasy world in order to confront the real world, you might thank the author for simply making you think. Then again, you might burst forth with an expletive for ruining the fantasy.
Overall, I found the writing to be superior, and the storyline well developed. There is also a uniqueness to the tale that makes it well worth your time to read.
I received an ARC of THE TREE OF SOULS from the author for review, and I must convey my apologies to Katrina Archer for taking so long to read and review her book.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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