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TREE OF AGES by Sara C. Roethle - review

March 10, 2019

 

My rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: March 2015

Publisher: Vulture's Eye Publications

Point of View: 3rd Person

Genre: YA Fantasy Adventure

 

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So when I first heard the premise of the story—a tree transforms into a girl and goes on an adventure—I thought, “Well, that sounds weird.”

 

But . . . it’s actually really cool. The book opens with Finn suddenly reverting from tree to human form. She has no memory of any life other than that of a tree, and her sudden humanity is a complete mystery to her. We the reader, of course, quickly surmise that she was originally human and enchanted or cursed, but Finn truly has no idea. All she wants is to become a tree again.

 

And that’s where the mystery begins. Finn must set out into the world on a journey of discovery. She starts out with only Aed, the wise old man who found and protected her post transformation (and who may be much more than he initially seems) as her companion. But soon she picks up others along the way . . . including a possible (?) love interest, the tormented and mysterious Iseult.

 

The world itself is very magical, full of terrifying creatures. The actual action of the book takes a little while to get going, but once it hits . . . WOW. It’s very hard to put down the book. And all the while, the mysteries deepen, dragging the reader in further.

 

The end definitely leaves the reader in cliffhanger territory . . . but I’m all right with that! I know the whole series is published, I can just pick up and binge read my way through the whole thing if I want to. (Which I definitely want to.)

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