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The Tree of Seasons [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Gately
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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'It didn't take long for us to get totally wrapped up in the fantasy . . . Engaging, exciting and imaginative, this is a delightful read' ***** (Heat)

'This imaginative book is reminiscent of the Narnia tales and reads like an instant classic. Roll on the movie.' ***** (Star)

A great read whatever your age . . . it's brilliant (Reveal)

A fitting tribute to a star who dared to dream (News of the World)

Book Description

A charming and heartwarming novel written by Boyzone's Stephen Gately shortly before he died.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 747 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444706527
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (13 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003LPV5LE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,788 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tree Of Seasons - An amazing read! 13 May 2010
Format:Hardcover
I have never read a fantasy book before, and I am so please that The Tree Of Seasons is the first one I chose. As a Stephen Gately fan, I was curious to see another aspect of his life. Thats not to say this book is only for fans of Stephen, this book will appeal to many. Stephen's imagination is absolutely amazing, his ability to write is brilliant. At many points of the book, you can just imagine it as a film. I don't want to spoil the story for everyone, but this book is well worth a read! This story tells of 3 young children living in Ireland who find a magical tree in the woods their great aunt own. Join them on their adventure as they battle to save their newly found world! This book is utterly spellbinding and I highly recommend it to everyone! Stephen has proved himself as a writer and am just sad that there wont be another story from this wonderful man. 5 star read, highly recommended for children and adults!
Joanne
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tree of Seasons is amazing 13 May 2010
Format:Hardcover
As a Stephen fan I have been looking forward to reading this book for ages.
While I have never been a big fan of fantasy books - I could not put this book down. As I went through the book I felt as if the scenes Stephen was describing were coming out of the pages and surrounding me. This book is well worth the money, for any age - it is not just for children and not just for Stephen's fans.
You could see so much of Stephen in the book, and it is a shame we will never get to know what else Stephen would have been able to write.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn`t put it down. 15 May 2010
Format:Hardcover
I have spent today lost in a wonderful world of fairies and goblins.I loved this book from the first page.I want to ride on a butterfly!Stephen`s imagination really shone out from this book.Josh,Michael and Beth were so real,it was such a shame it had to end,one of those books you don`t want to finish reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I desperately wanted to like this book 11 Mar 2011
Format:Hardcover
From the beautiful artwork and the blurb I thought I would really enjoy this book, I mean a tree with four doors leading to magical lands of The Seasons...what's not to like? But I found that I had several problems with the book, the main one being the names of some characters and the four lands. They were not very imaginative for a children's book, rather clichéd and almost a little cringe worthy, my least favourites being Brightisclearen and Icefroztica.

I also found that the book was not especially gripping. While I was reading it was pleasant enough but when I put it down I did not feel compelled to pick it up again. In fact I often forgot about it and a week would go past before I would remember it again. However it was very easy to pick up again after neglecting it for a while.

But still, I was very aware while reading that the author was a novice. I mean no disrespect to Stephen Gately but it was always in the back of my mind that he does not write for a living. Maybe he would have improved his writing style with time instead of being a celebrity trying his hand at being an author, but sadly we will never know.

Having said that Gately does create some powerful imagery with his settings and his beautifully described landscapes are very easy for the reader to picture. So there are some good and bad aspects to the book, and I am not saying that nobody should buy it. It is neither an excellent read nor a pile of rubbish, it is perfectly average.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Kids and Adults 16 May 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was also able to get a copy ahead of the offical realease date and finished it in 2 days. It is well written and imaginative, you can see where some ideas have come from but they also have their own twist not making a copy of another book, say Harry Potter. It is very much a children's book, but as a 33 year old I did enjoy it myself, the writing style is not quite as grown up as Harry Potter, but it has been a long time since I have read the first ones and who know's what Stephen would be producing by the 7th book, but having gone back and started to reread the magic faraway tree it is far less rushed. I started reading it to my 5 year old Daughter yesterday, finished the first two chapters and she is loving it, She is a big Doctor Who fan who & copes well with the monsters/creatures in that and so I feel that when we get to the darker moments in this book she would not be too upsetting for her. As they are quite dark.
The cover of this book, not to judge it!, is beautiful the picture inviting and the sparkley snowflakes irresitable not to pick up. The illustrtions are wonderful, I was also able to see the orignals which being much larger are so much better, Keith Wilson is a very taltened artist.
If you enjoy children's fantasy you WILL enjoy this book. Beautiful & well written passages and as people have said just waiting to be made into a film.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for kids 16 May 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is a really sweet, magical story.

It's the beginning of the summer holidays and one night the 3 kids Josh, Michael and Beth Lotts discover some strange lights and sounds from the nearby Merriville Woods. The next day they go to explore and they end up meeting Forrester, who is the protector of the trees. They are told about the secrets of the Tree Of Seasons, which is an ancient tree that has doors to the 4 kingdoms of spring, summer, autumn and winter. Each kingdom has a king or a queen. However the evil queen Gridelda wants to rule all 4 kingdoms. She would then not only be able to rule the magical world, but the outside world as well. The three kids get choosen to help the fight against the evil queen. They get involved in a real adventure and make lots of magical friends on their way.

I don't want to give too much of the story or the ending away, but it's written in a real sweet and uplifting way. A lovely story about the fight of good and evil and about living in harmonie with each other.

This book totally exceeded my expectations. It holds a lot of surprises. Every child between 4 - 12 will enjoy this story - guaranteed. And adults who like to drift away into a magical world will enjoy this book equally.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars book
This is an excellent book
Published 1 month ago by joan871
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 2 months ago by w tinsley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brilliant story
Published 2 months ago by Fiona Boyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great children's book.
Published 3 months ago by Anne E Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars Good children's book
Nice fantasy read, with fairies , hob goblins, and more. Well thought out. I was surprised, didn't know what to expect from a boy band singer.
Published 4 months ago by Christabelle
5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to remember Stephen Gately
I was a big fan of Stephen Gately and was so sad when he died so suddenly.
This imaginative story is an ongoing testament to Stephen's marvellous imagination and skill at... Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read
A fabulous story by a fabulous man, once started I had difficulty tearing myself away from it. Truly amazingly magical
Published 6 months ago by Lesa Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Having bought this item as love Stephen Gately so it was good reading something that he wrote himself and enjoyed.
Published 7 months ago by Princess Chrissy
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of imagination
Such a shame that this young man was taken, as he might have wrote more wonderful books such as this.
Published 16 months ago by mags
2.0 out of 5 stars boring book
it was okay, I got it recommended by a friend so I thought that I would try it, I usually like books, it was okay but I have read better
Published 16 months ago by sue dorsey
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