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Treespeaker [Kindle Edition]

Katie W. Stewart
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Treespeaker is one with his forest, moving with its spirit, inseparably bound to it.

Terrifying visions warn Jakan that a visitor to his tribe is not who he claims to be. As the villagers fall under the spell of the stranger’s mind-bending sorcery, Jakan grows desperate to be rid of him. Events take a sinister turn when he accuses the stranger of sacrilege — and it is Jakan, not the outsider, who is expelled from the forest.

Join Jakan on his perilous journey across a blighted land as he searches for the secret that will save his people — and himself.

"Treespeaker is an intricately woven book that reads like an old oral history. It flows beautifully; with the story so deeply rooted in nature, the writing seemed to take on a life of its own and bloom in its own right."
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About the Author

Katie W. Stewart is an Australian author of fantasy fiction for all ages. She was born in Lancashire, England and emigrated with her family as a child. She has worked as an archaeologist, ethnohistorian and teacher, but these days she works as a Library Assistant and relief teacher at a small Catholic school in country Western Australia. She is also the mother of three children. In her spare time, she designs book covers, illustrates books, paints pet portraits and plays celtic harp and guitar.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 572 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1491039663
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #323,614 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Katie W Stewart is an Australian author of fantasy fiction for all ages. She was born in Lancashire, England and emigrated with her family at the age of nine. In her non-writing life she works as an illustrator and book cover designer, operating as 'Magic Owl Design', as well as doing relief teaching. She is married to a farmer and lives in the Central Wheatbelt of Western Australia. She is also the mother of three children aged 11-21. In her spare time, she reads, paints pet portraits and plays celtic harp and guitar.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From tiny acorns..... 23 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What threatens the people of Arrakesh? Does Jakan, the Treespeaker, have the resources and faith to help them survive?
The Arrakesh communities' race against time is matched by the fast pace of Stewart's suspense-laden, breath-taking, story-telling.
From the first chapter, this book had me hooked. The intricate, twisting plot is deftly woven and the engaging characters reflect our human frailties. As for the ending.....I'm not going to spoil it by telling!
Don't let the bargain price and fact that this is a debut novel mislead you. "Treespeaker" is impeccably edited and practically punctuation-perfect. A novel that could compete effortlessly, as it stands, with its' published peers. This could be the acorn of Katie Stewart's writing career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing - and a great story 11 Dec. 2012
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This is a fantasy tale for Young Adults, but people of that age pull no punches and neither does the author. Jakan, the Treespeaker, is one of a tribe of forest dwellers and through his gifts he can discern the will of Arrakesh, a forest spirit. Someone arrives within their community with the intention of cutting down the forest and enslaving the people. It's not an uncommon theme and was effective in Avatar, for example. Here, it's handled extremely well and touches upon human emotions and motivations with which young adults are just coming into contact, though they will deal with them as older adults too! We feel the greed of the interloper, the unfairness of what happens to Jakan, the disempowerment of the Treespeaker and the helplessness of his tribe. On the plus side we meet with loyalty, friendship, an urge for the common good, and I'm always happy to 'meet' a wise older woman - I like a good role model!

Katie W Stewart has an excellent writing style. It's clear, engages the reader in the subject and makes the characters feel real. I found that I cared about Jakan and his family and about the fate of the forest. I loved some of the other characters he met too, including the little girl who helped him when he was injured. If you're a lover of a good fantasy adventure story, enjoy some deeper things to think about than just orc and mage wars, and appreciate some good quality writing, this is absolutely the book for you. I enjoyed it hugely!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TreeSpeaker - utterly brilliant 2 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book from start to finish. I can't believe it hasn't been picked up by a mainstream publisher yet. The fantasy world created by the author becomes incredibly real to the reader. The tragedy and victory of a forest tribe mattered to me as though I was one of them. A book which is hard to put down and one you don't want to come to an end. I can't wait for the sequel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a story. 13 Oct. 2012
By C
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I delighted in reading this story from start to finish.

Based in a village, this fantasy of old centres around the Tree speaker & it's people. A simplistic way of life continues to reign within the veil, a shield that protects the forest & it's people from the outside world.
As in any culture, the young are anxious to experience what's beyond the veil as they hear stories of a greater world.

The willingness to trust newcomers & the eagerness to branch into pastures new is exciting & consequences are ignored when a stranger arrives but there is deeper deception at stake here as the Elders become involved. Loyalties are challenged, families scattered & death awaits the innocent, as the story heads on into a battle of good verses evil, magic verses faith.

Meaningful & spiritual messages are woven in the storyline & at times I found myself taking a step back & pondering the thoughts of Jaken & Dovan & how it readily applies to our life today.

For me i saw a journey through the soul, one of doubt & abandonment while trying to trust the path you're on regardless of circumstances. Knowing that everything has meaning yet experiencing the confusion & loneliness that this brings.

Stepping out into the unknown is not without it's fears & frustration & as Jaken is forced to leave the village in order to save his people he learns the changes that are taking place are meant to be.

Highly recommended to any fantasy reader with or without a spiritual interest.

It is beautifully written, flows without pause & the characters feel real.

One to read again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning debut 28 May 2011
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This book is a rare treat for me. A fantasy book that I actually enjoyed! I'm not a huge reader of this genre but Katie Stewart has fashioned a compelling world with lessons to teach our own about caring for each other and the environment. But this book is much more than that, it's an intriguing story that keeps you turning the page. The characters and plot are very well drawn and the writing is simply excellent. I look forward to more from this talented author!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different, subtle work of fantasy 27 April 2011
By Dave
Format:Kindle Edition
After reading some very good fantasy novels by indie authors, the cover, blurb and title of Treespeaker caught my attention. Pretty soon I understood that this novel is different from the fantasy I normally love. It lacked the epic battles of knights in full armor, the fireworks of mages and powerful wizards. Instead, I got tangled in the roots of a forest village tribe, protected by the intricate, subtle magic of the Tree God, Arrakesh. No in-your-face bombastic magic, but an unassuming, delicate and organic magic that is quite unique and interesting. And despite the lack of epic battles, Treespeaker has plenty of tension and enough action to keep reading chapter after chapter.

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.
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Jakan, Treespeaker lives in a forest with his people. Tranquillity reigns as they abide by the rule of Arrakesh but before long trouble arrives in the shape... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rick Haynes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great fun. Well written story set in an interesting world with tasty morsels of stuff for future stories.
Published 6 months ago by G David Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well worked fantasy tale
I'm not a massive fantasy fan however I do enjoy good ones even if they are a little rare. The reviews on this one drew me to it and the idea of the story looked promising. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Totnes Nigel
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprise.
It makes a change to have the tale told in one book....a refreshing change! Enjoyed reading this book would recommend.
Published 12 months ago by snoble
5.0 out of 5 stars A story as beautiful as the cover.
Treespeaker a character driven, theme laden story that builds empathy with the characters.

The setting is perfectly drawn through the narrative, making it a story that... Read more
Published 14 months ago by P E
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
I loved how this fantasy world was brought alive by the writing style, which flowed easily from one page to the next. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Julie Elizabeth Powell
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to reading the sequel.
A beautiful tale of the clash between a peaceful, faithful and self-contained people and the evils and greed of the modernising society beyond their forest home. Read more
Published on 21 Jun. 2013 by Stella in the Pyrenees
5.0 out of 5 stars My sort of fantasy
I really enjoyed this book, and I'm sure that I would have enjoyed reading it any age from about twelve. This is the sort of fantasy that really appeals to me. Read more
Published on 15 Feb. 2013 by B J Burton
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book from its cover to the end...
Treespeaker is a beautiful book from its cover to the end.

Stewart has woven an allegorical tale of faith. Read more
Published on 13 Oct. 2012 by Sharon Tillotson
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read!
As Treespeaker, Jakan's duty is to convey Arrakesh's will to his people, to enable them to maintain the balance of the forest and secure the prosperity of their small, peaceful... Read more
Published on 28 Aug. 2012 by E. Taylor
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