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5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical, transformative, and unforgettable, 5 Nov. 2003
Aweisle Grimms (Pacific Northwest (North America)) - See all my reviews
Books of breathtaking vision that will appeal to the young adults (and their grownups and some of their younger siblings as well) are few and far between. Thank heaven for Treasure Forest, a seminal work that deserves a place on the shelf beside T. S. Lewis, T. A. Barron, Ursula Leguin, and Phillip Pullman. Cat Bordhi's bravura first novel teeters on the edge of bliss and fear-daring us to love a shadowy character whose intentions seem more than a bit dishonorable. Yes, we are afraid and uneasy for what may happen to young Ben and his sister Sara-and at the same time, we yearn for them to be free to roam in the great forest of life, unharmed yet gleaning a full and positive understanding of what it means to live in the present moment with open and accepting hearts. Bordhi's sprawling imagination and keen attention to detail invite the reader to see and vividly experience such harrowing events as nearly drowning in quicksand, or discovering an underground lair so ingenious that it rivals the best of The Swiss Family Robinson's efforts to survive on a desert island. While you might describe the writer's style as lyrical realism shimmering with plausible touches of magic, she is also a fine nature-writer (her descriptions of ravens are particularly telling), all grounded in a profound sense of inner knowing. This quality doubtless reflects upon one of her inspirations, Eckhart Tolle, celebrated for his book, The Power of Now.
Spiritual, yes. Boring? Not for a minute. This novel brims with suspense, a complex cast of characters and highly innovative metaphors that prove to be both practical and mischievous. Wisely, Bordhi does not address all the questions implied in her fascinating tale, but permits her readers to witness and share the transformations of each character through their own eyes. I finished the book eager to know when the next piece of this trilogy in the making would be ready.
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