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Under the Trees Kindle Edition
About the Author
Ashley Maker is the author of UNDER THE TREES and A CURSE OF STONE AND MOONLIGHT. With a bachelor's degree in English, a background in editing, and plans to become a Secondary English teacher soon, much of Ashley's time is spent thinking about fictional worlds, grammar rules, and how to effectively share those things with others. She loves hanging out with her husband, two young daughters, and their zoo of family pets in Oklahoma. Visit her online at ashleymaker.com
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- ASIN : B01D889F4C
- Publisher : Ashley Maker (March 20, 2016)
- Publication date : March 20, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 542 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 234 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 150303397X
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,787,200 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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We'll just have to live vicariously through Maker's books. Again I ask, when's the next one?
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I have no problem with dual protagonists, but not so much when they are both 1st person, particularly if the characters’ voices have little to choose between them. This was no problem at the start, but it’s incredibly difficult for a female to write a convincing male character from the first person and this snagged in several places. No man would ever knowingly dally in the ballroom to give elaborate descriptions of the furnishings, particularly if he’s dog-tired and heading for his bed.
I have to constantly remind myself that there are people out there who prefer their plots to be straightforward, their villains black and their heroes white, particularly in this genre. Unfortunately I’m not one of these, which meant a whole lot of getting over myself, but the characters and situations were credible, the writing style pleasant and easily followed and the editing exemplary; only a few typos slid past an eagle-eyed editor.
A great read for lovers of romantic historical fiction.
The style of writing is excellent which helps the story flow very well. The book is written in the alternating first person perspectives of Araya and Thoredmund. This can be very tricky and was handled very well by the author. The characters voices were distinctive and it is interesting to see how the two characters viewed the unfolding events.
The two main characters are very strong and well thought out. I like how Araya is very strong, yet at times she can also be quite timid which I think is a very interesting presentation and also quite realistic. Her determination is an admirable trait which makes her likable. I also like how she isn’t just a damsel in distress, she also has the ability to stand her own ground. Thoredmund is very tentative and kind, and instantly likeable. I find it interesting how the other characters – especially his father – perceptions of him change as the book progresses. I really felt connected to the characters and definitely cared about what would happen to them. Another good point is that the romance isn’t forced and develops in a very natural way.
The minor characters in Under the Trees are as well thought-out as the two main characters. All of the characters have depth which is great to see. Often authors focus so much on their main characters that they forget to develop the others, but that is not the case here.
The world building is fairly good but Maker doesn’t go into too much detail, which isn’t really a problem as it isn’t essential to the plot. She alludes to different traditions in the different kingdoms which is a nice touch. The tensions between the kingdoms is well written and there is actually a reason for it which is explained.
Although the plot is simple, it is good and captivating. The fast-paced nature of the novel keeps the interest of the reader without glazing over the characters development. The story was certainly not predictable and there were a few twists that left me stunned. It has a satisfying ending, but not in a cliché way.
Overall, Under the Trees is quite a fast, easy read with very likable characters and a plot which will keep you hooked. There is just something about this book which I absolutely love and which made me give it five stars. Even if you are not usually interested in this kind of genre I would definitely give this gem a read.