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Treespeaker (Treespeaker #1)

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Jakan, Treespeaker of the Fifth Tribe of Arrakesh, knows from the visions he received at the SpringSpeak, that the stranger who has just arrived in his village is not the innocent, interested visitor he claims to be. As the villagers succumb to the mind-bending sorcery of the man, Jakan becomes more and more desperate to be rid of him. But when he accuses the stranger of ...more
Kindle Edition, 328 pages
Published April 20th 2011
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May 19, 2015 Carolyn rated it really liked it
In Treespeaker, Katie Stewart has created a gentle, spiritual world where life is lived in balance with the land and the forest. The people live a simple traditional life where women keep house and raise children and men hunt and protect their families. Jakan is the Treespeaker who can communicate with Arrakesh, the spirit of the forest and assist his people in managing their land and animals.

When great evil enters the village in the form of a sorcerer who beguiles the people and makes them dou
Sep 01, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it
Treespeaker is the tale of a village populated by simple people, people who work hard for what they have, growing their own produce, killing rabbits and deer only when it’s needed for food. The village has a group of Elders who determine their futures, and the Treespeaker of the Fifth Tribe of Arrakesh is Jakan. He has been treespeaker for many years, and took over from his father, who was treespeaker before him. Jakan had hoped his son, Dovan, would follow in his footsteps, but at seventeen, ...more
Aug 23, 2014 Nigel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-recent-ones
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. I can honestly say I've not read anything much better in quite a while - not quite unputdownable but very very close. In the end there are only so many basic story outlines in fantasy so it comes down to how it's told and this one is very very well written. Good characters, good pace, highs and lows (even had the hairs on the ...more
Sharon Tillotson
Oct 18, 2011 Sharon Tillotson rated it really liked it
Shelves: visionary
Treespeaker is a beautiful book from its cover to the end.

Stewart has woven an allegorical tale of faith. Faith in an omniscient force, faith in life and faith in oneself.

And what a tale it is. The book has all the elements that make a story inviting. The characters are engaging and flawed, the plot intricate and original throughout, the settings fully realized, the writing good.

The author states somewhere that the book is not about good vs. evil and it is not. It is more a story about a confl
Kath Middleton
Dec 11, 2012 Kath Middleton rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Feb 05, 2013 Leonie rated it really liked it
I decided to read Treespeaker as one of my Australian Women Writers Challenge reviews. I'm really glad that I did.

I enjoy fantasy, it's one of my favourite genres, and it was lovely to find a book that drew me towards the characters and their interactions so quickly. Katie W. Stewart has done a wonderful job of creating a believable and interesting world. Her religious system (for want of a better word) is immediate and intimate and satisfying.

I'm hoping that Katie Stewart might choose to revis
Dec 29, 2013 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Treespeaker is why I read. I am really happy to have found such a wonderfully written book.

The book has a very well constructed story that contains original fantasy elements. It is heart-touching, the suspense is maintained from cover to cover, and the plot maintained unexpected outcomes throughout.

I particularly liked the story's spiritual connection with the environment.

I now look forward to reading Katie's other books.
Arlene Webb
Nov 02, 2011 Arlene Webb rated it really liked it
I highly recommend this imaginative novel. The characters are not only memorable, they'll wrap themselves around your heart. Add in a powerful setting, a seriously evil villian, and Treespeaker is marked on my kindle to re-read, asap.
Amos Fairchild
Sep 10, 2011 Amos Fairchild rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone

Jakan's people live a peaceful existence at one with their world and their forest, but that is threatened with the arrival of a mysterious stranger. The village 'treespeaker' and spiritual leader, Jakan, must battle great loss, both of love and the respect of his peers, to save his world, his people' and his beloved forest. Meanwhile his son, Dovan, must find his place within a troubled land.

This is a very refreshing tale that expressed themes which I found close to my heart. It is not a story o
Katie Mineeff
May 02, 2015 Katie Mineeff rated it really liked it
Jakan is Treespeaker for the Fifth Tribe of Arakesh, an honorable role that allows him to speak directly to his peoples diety, Arakesh. He experiences a confusing and alarming vision early in the story that has him fearful for the lives of his wife, Jalena and son, Dovan.

Soon after the vision, a stranger named Beldror comes to his village. He is charming and quickly weaves his way into the affections of the Arakeshi people. Jakan dislikes him from the beginning and warns his son, Dovan away but
Patti (baconater)
Aug 13, 2016 Patti (baconater) rated it it was amazing
Treespeaker is 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 is suited to the imagination and the screen.
Rosemary Kind
Sep 09, 2011 Rosemary Kind rated it it was amazing
Not many books make a lasting impression, but even several months on from reading this wonderful fantasy novel I am longing to go back into the world of this enthralling world. From start to finish I loved this book. It is moving, believable and completely gripping. Definitely worth a read.
Jun 01, 2011 Dave rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
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, ...more
B J Burton
Feb 15, 2013 B J Burton rated it it was amazing
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. There are no great battles, no super-heroes, no super-weapons. The struggle of good against evil is at a spiritual level in a world where the mind is open to the ancient magic.
Jakan’s tribe live in the forest, protected from the outside world by the veil. He is the Treespeaker, blessed with the gift of communication with Arrakesh, the spi
Pauline Ross
Mar 23, 2012 Pauline Ross rated it really liked it
This was another free book, although I have no idea where I got it from (it's still cheap on Amazon). I've learned to be wary of freebies, but there's no need with this one - it's a charming and absorbing story, well-written and thankfully also well-edited. It's a quiet tale of one man and his son trying to protect their people's way of life from encroaching outsiders. Those with a liking for action should look elsewhere; there are no battles, no sword fights and not a single buckle is swashed. ...more
Oct 25, 2011 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Jakan has a fulfilling life. He is a father and a husband, and more, he is Treespeaker to his people, the fifth tribe of Arrakesh. He interprets the will of Arrakesh, helping his people to thrive in their forest home. One day, a stranger named Beldror arrives from the outside. The villagers make him welcome, but Jakan senses that this visitor is hiding something dark. Jakan's worst fears are confirmed when Beldror uses his powers to turn the minds of the villagers against Jakan, even his own ...more
Jul 14, 2011 TC rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
This book is my latest foray into the realm of fantasy, a genre which has really grown on me lately. Jakan is the treespeaker for the 5th Tribe of Arrakesh. He is the man who communes with Arrakesh to determine the course his forest village should take, and as such is an influential person within the community. However his role, and the village's way of life, is threatened when an outsider arrives with hidden intentions. When Jakan finds himself outside the veil which protects the forest, trying ...more
Aug 28, 2012 E.J. rated it really liked it
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 community. When Arrakesh sends him a series of troubling visions, however, he struggles to communicate them to the others. At the same time, a stranger called Beldror arrives from beyond the Veil and is welcomed into the community. Although Beldror seems to charm most people, Jakan cannot warm to him. As events unravel, ...more
Lindsay Stares
Feb 27, 2012 Lindsay Stares rated it liked it
Shelves: own-on-kindle
Premise: Jakan is the Treespeaker for the Fifth Tribe of Arrakesh. His people live deep in the sacred forest, and speak to their god through special great trees, one in each tribe. The Treespeaker names the proper Chief Elder for the Tribe, foretells the weather, and generally advises the people so that they can live in balance with the forest. But this year, all Jakan can foresee is danger and death. A danger is coming to the tribe from outside, even though that should not be possible. It is ...more
Tahlia Newland
Jan 06, 2012 Tahlia Newland rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is an excellent story about the shaman of a tribe of forest dwellers and his son. Well written and engaging, the plot takes us on the shamman’s journey to save his people from a sourcer who has ripped a hole in the veil that protects the foirest and their way of life from the plain dwellers on the other side. On the other side of the veil, the forest has been destroyed through ignorance and the sourcer sees the forest’s timber as a way to riches. We see the shaman’s spiritual relationship ...more
Louise Warman
Jun 21, 2013 Louise Warman rated it really liked it
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.
One of the hardest elements for a fantasy author to pull off is making the story fantastical yet believable - a world that is different enough from our own to be interesting, yet could be just behind a door or hidden by a fold in the landscape. For me Katie W Stewart almost completely pulls this off; I only wavered with the creatures in
Treespeaker is the story of Jakan, his family and the people of the forest. After receiving a very ominous message from Arrakesh, a visitor, Beldor arrives in the village and starts to create havoc in the tribe.

This is the first time for a while that I have read a fantasy book. Although, perhaps it is not my favourite genre, I thought this book was well written. The language brought to life the world of the forest. There are several themes running through this book - conservation, regeneration a
Linda Barnett
Dec 09, 2014 Linda Barnett rated it really liked it
I have been reading a lot of fantasy lately and it was getting a little stale, so I started this book with reservations, but it's just what I needed for a break from gigantic, violent battle scenes, with repeated near death duels between the white knight good guys and the evil bad guys.

Treespeaker is a much quieter, kinder saga with characters that you care about, worry over and root for their success when events seem to be going against them. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the
Jeanne Johnston
Dec 17, 2014 Jeanne Johnston rated it liked it
A fourth of the way in, I wanted to bail on this book... So many stupid people, an obvious villain there to ruin everything, a hero clearly doomed to fail on his own... but I kept going and found a decent ending. I apparently didn't fully absorb the real lesson about letting go of ego and trusting, because I was really disappointed the least deserving should get a second chance.

Still, not a bad story and where other writers would have made us suffer as much through the struggles to reach the cl
Marti Norton
Oct 26, 2011 Marti Norton rated it it was amazing
Treespeaker is an awesome story! You get dragged into the "world" fast and you become one with the characters. Katie Stewart makes you love her characters... well, some of them you will hate... but she's planned that too. The plot is fantastic... there is plenty of conflict and great character interactions. The characters are "real", not flat. Once you start reading, it's hard to put this book down!
Dec 08, 2013 Tracy rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I was surprised that I enjoyed Treespeaker. It is not an action packed traditional fantasy novel and that is what I usually read. The writing is excellent as is the world building. It is the characters who suck you into the story - they are complex and believable. It is a very spiritual tale, with an environmental message underlying it. Though it was not my usual type of read I really did enjoy it.
Sift Book Reviews
Jul 25, 2011 Sift Book Reviews rated it it was amazing
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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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Review by: Erica of Sift Book Reviews
Sift Book Reviews received a free copy for review from the author. This has, in no way, affected the reviewer's opinion.
Julie Powell
Jan 30, 2014 Julie Powell rated it really liked it
I loved how this fantasy world was brought alive by the writing style, which flowed easily from one page to the next. The well-rounded characters were perfect for the tale, plunging the reader into their lives within the richly woven plot.

I don't give spoilers but will say that for those who enjoy fantasy and myth, this book is for you.
Lily Malone
May 21, 2015 Lily Malone rated it really liked it
Another wonderfully woven book by Katie W Stewart. This had a lovely natural narrative flow to it. I found the story unwound at its own pace, in no great hurry, and this was fitting as the setting relates to forests and nature - and things rarely hurry there.
Literary  Chanteuse
Mar 22, 2013 Literary Chanteuse rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
An incredible tale with elements of mysticism and ancient folklore that take you on a perilous journey through forests, guided with spirits of nature and a tribal people that are unforgettable. Story telling at it's best!
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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 when she was nine years old. Apart from writing, she also illustrates books and designs book covers. She is also the mother of three children aged 12-22. In her spare time she enjoys reading as well as playing celtic harp and guitar.
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