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When great evil enters the village in the form of a sorcerer who beguiles the people and makes them doubt the wisdom of listening to Arrakesh, Jakan must leave the safety of the forest to go out into the world to find the help he needs to save his people. In order to fight the evil he must first learn to overcome his own self doubts and trust in his inner strengths. In his absence his son Dovan must also learn to stand up for what he believes and try to fill his father's shoes.
This is a lovely, gentle story written with care. The characters are well formed and engaging. I love the world the author has created and look forward to reading further instalments in this series.
I don't like spoilers in reviews, so I won't tell too much about the story. The main character, Jakan, the Treespeaker (a sort of shaman) of his tribe, encounters drama after drama as a stranger succeeds breaking through the protective barrier of the forest. With all these setbacks, Jakan tries to cling to his belief in Arrakesh and travels far away and at great risk to save his tribe.
The depth and development of characters is very good in this novel, and we see Jakan and is son struggle with issues which are also part of our lives, and very identifiable. This book deals with themes which are universal, and add to its depth. The writing is excellent, in a clear and sober tone, and - it is a word I keep coming back to - subtle. And again an indie novel which is very well edited and with a clear and pleasant layout.
One minor complaint I could find was with the plot, which is fairly linear and lacks the convoluted intrigue I like in epic fantasy. However, there are enough twists and the novel has sufficient pace to keep the reader involved. And the ending is quite nifty, with an excellent twist which again shows the unique magic displayed and the subtlety of author Katie Stewart. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and hope there will be a sequel soon.
I have one final comment. The lack of graphic violence, explicit language and all that stuff which I normally read and even like in novels was simply refreshing. That makes Treespeaker appropriate for all readers, and especially for those who search for novels that have no Content Advisory. I would recommend this novel to anyone.
The hero is Jakan, a sort of shaman, whose power to foresee the future and heal the wounded is derived directly from his pure faith in the forest god Arrakesh. He is often tormented, and filled with self-doubt in his quest to do the right thing, but nevertheless, his faith carries him along the path that he believes that Arrakesh wants him to follow.
The world of the Arrakeshi is horribly disrupted by the arrival of a man who, by all outward appearances, is good and charming. Jakan is the only one who seems to realize that this man is not who he appears to be, and that he constitutes a huge threat to the world of the Arrakeshi. Jakan pays a huge and horrible price when he attempts to warn his fellow villagers about the danger that has come into their midst.
This is not the usual fantasy story that features knights and dragons. My only criticism is that I wish that some of the characters that were introduced in the last third of the book were a bit more fully developed. But, to be fair, maybe I just wanted the story to last just a bit longer.
If you're in the mood for a truly original bang-up good fantasy story, Treespeaker might just be the book for you.