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The King of the Trees (The King of the Trees #1)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  96 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
What do an old wooden box, a jeweled pendant and some mysterious, green-garbed strangers share in common? When Rolin son of Gannon sets out to solve this riddle, his adventures take him worlds beyond the walls of his little log cabin. With the help of some grumpy griffins and a long-lost prophecy, Rolin and his friends battle a sorcerer and his underworld army; deadly snak ...more
Paperback, Second edition published in 2004, 233 pages
Published May 5th 1998 by Winepress Publishing
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Feb 01, 2010 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves fantasy!
Recommended to Hannah by: A friend.
Shelves: to-re-read
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I couldn't put it down. It's a good thing the author has written more in the series, or I would have to bug him to write some sequels. It's about a teenage boy who stumbles into another world, where he meets all sorts of interesting human characters and mythical creatures, including talking griffins, dragons, and some half-bat, half-wolf animals. There was a little romance, too, which helped increase the suspense. Most fantasy books I have read are dark and gruesome, but not t ...more
Apr 09, 2010 Nicolette rated it it was amazing
I'm a homeschool mom, and I choose my kids' books with care. On a friend's recommendation, I read The King of the Trees aloud to my youngsters. (There is a pronunciation guide in the back.) They absolutely loved it, as do I. Biblical themes and principles are woven artfully throughout the story, which is a fun read even if someone doesn't understand the allegory. I was a little hesitant to take on a fantasy series, but unlike most fantasy books these days, this book isn't dark or depressing. It' ...more
Oct 06, 2007 Lisa rated it liked it
Recommends it for: folk/ fairytales readers
If you ever happen by the book store at the Woodburn Outlet Mall off of I-5 on a Saturday you will probably meet the author of this book. He will definitely sign it for you and let you know that he will be at the Oregon State Fair so you can get the rest of his books in this series.
The idea of this book is very interesting. Mostly fantasy, the story centers around a boy, Rolin, who doesn't know it but is going to become King of a group of people that move through trees to different worlds. They
Feb 17, 2010 Sean rated it it was amazing
this is one of my favourite boks and my third favorite in the series a must read for all ages
Robyn S.
Apr 12, 2016 Robyn S. rated it it was amazing
An amazing book!! I loved it!
Randall Kristoff
Mar 07, 2010 Randall Kristoff rated it it was amazing
Wow! I really liked this book. I just finished it. I was sad to read the last page, but I'm looking forward to reading more about Rolin and Marlis in the next book. (My birthday is coming up!) The dragon and griffins are soooo cool. My favorite characters are Rolin and Windsong.
Mar 30, 2010 Elaina rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this AMAZING book. A friend of mine recommended it to me. I got it off the website. At first, I wasn't sure I would like it. After the first chapter or two, I couldn't stop reading. It's about a boy named Rolin who has adventures in another world with mythical animals. I especially enjoyed the griffins. Mythical creatures are common in fantasy books, but this book puts a different twist on them. I read a lot of fantasy, and after a while, all the plots start sounding the ...more
Mar 22, 2010 Candice rated it it was amazing
This was a fabulous book! I was hooked from the very first page. I really could relate to the characters. It's the story of a teen-aged boy named Rolin, the son of a beekeeper. Rolin's mother and grandmother have just passed away from a mysterious illness, so he is feeling very sad and lonely. Other kids make fun of him because he is different, but he doesn't know why. He belongs in another world that he has never heard of before. (I guess he thinks his world is the only one.) Not even his fathe ...more
Paula Davis-Olson
Apr 21, 2010 Paula Davis-Olson rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book along with each sequel! We have raed this several times over and each time catching new points! Full of adventure, fantasy and healthy good versus evil, never glorifying the evil. A biblical alegory the Christian can relate to but a non- Christian would also enjoy this read, as it is full of ongoing adventure and appealing storyline. Once you've read the first book you will be compelled to read each in the series!
Apr 24, 2010 Ronwyn rated it really liked it
I enjoy reading all sorts of fantasy. Recently, I came across The King of the Trees in my school library. This is a fabulous book! It's the first book in a series, and it's different than anything I've ever read before. I guess the closest would be the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or the Hobbit. It's the kind of book that both kids and adults would enjoy reading. It helps that there's a glossary in the back. I wrote a book report on the King of the Trees, and now my friends are also reading ...more
Mar 01, 2010 booklady marked it as to-read
Recommended to booklady by: Hannah
Hannah says they are like the Narnia series...
Apr 24, 2010 Leonard rated it it was amazing
This book really surprised me. I am mainly a non-fiction reader. As a homeschooled student, I don't have much time for fiction. Creation science and biology are my primary interests. When my mother recommended The King of the Trees to me, I didn't want to pick it up for awhile. When I finally read it, I was glad I did. It was an easy read for me, with Biblical symbolism and references sprinkled throughout. I plan to re-read this book to dig out more of the hidden meanings before I go on with the ...more
Adaraschia Wingit
Jul 14, 2010 Adaraschia Wingit rated it it was amazing
The non-professional review:

My favorite characters had to be the griffins, Opio, Rolin, and Gannon, though the warbler was also very amusing. My aunt bought a signed copy of the book for me, and when she left, I started reading. I still haven't had sleep, but it was worth it. This book is a real page turner, and once I've let my grandmother finish reading it, I am going to lend it to a friend of mine immediately. The plot was freaking fantastic, and the writing was really good. At first, I would
Jan 13, 2011 Frank rated it it was amazing
Finally have this book. I've heard a lot of good things about it including a Christian base to it which would be nice. One person called it a Christian Harry Potter of types. But it seems young and old love it and often read a little every night. Someone else said it was like Narnia.
Well I finally finished it. It is very Christian with many of the words used by the King of Trees taken right out of the bible. And although Rolin is the "Choosen one" per prophesy like Harry Potter I didn't see anyt
Jan 30, 2011 Charles rated it it was amazing
Now here is a book that I have read so many times! My copy is literally starting to wear out because of the number of times that I have read it. Mr. Burt knows how to construct a story for all to enjoy, and he has created a number of worlds filled with magic and wonder just begging to be explored. Follow the adventures of King Rolin as he uncovers the mysteries of the King of the Trees.
Pamela Barrett
Sep 29, 2010 Pamela Barrett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gifts
Just received this wonderful book, and I'm sending it on to my godson for his birthday. There are more in this series, can't wait to pass on the rest.
Apr 13, 2010 Tiffany marked it as to-read
Recommended to Tiffany by: Hannah
Looks cool.
Anne Campbell
Sep 19, 2012 Anne Campbell rated it really liked it
This YA (young adult) fantasy is patterned a little like the Chronicals of Narnia. In other words, perhaps intended for young folks but enjoyable also to adults.

You might recognize in it analogies to Bible scriptures. You might wonder how it's going to end up, if the heroes will survive all the tribulations they must endure.

The main character is Rolin Son of Gannon, a red-haired fourteen-year-old with a knack for finding the best mushrooms in the forests and getting teased by his peers who live
Jul 13, 2010 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, christian
"The King of Trees" is a fast-paced fantasy adventure that's marketed to males and females ages 8 and up. The main characters were all males, so I think it would appeal most to boys. Since the author used a fair number of infrequently-used big words, I'd suggest it for teens and up. The author also used made-up names, some of them very similar sounding. I had some trouble keeping track of who was who and what was what. Sometimes there were even two names for the same thing: like griffins were ca ...more
Jan 11, 2011 Mia rated it it was amazing
Mar 26, 2016 writer... rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Loved this action filled YA fantasy read from Wm Burt. Debut of the series of 7 books, it sets a positive tone as it captivates the reader with one adventure after another...

Rolin and his father, Gannon, live a quiet life in their log cabin set in a mountainside forest. Rolin's mother has died, leaving father and son to manage life on their own. Their lives are spent as beekeepers, providing for their own needs as well as supplying their local village. On one such trip to sell their products, Ro
TWJ Magazine
Aug 23, 2012 TWJ Magazine rated it it was amazing
“The greatest help oft comes in harm’s disguise to those with trusting heart and open eyes.” (Bembor to Rolin on his re-entrance to Thalmos)

William Burt has created a host of memorable characters in The King of the Trees! Rolin appears as the son of the Beekeeper, and then, in the midst of accompanying his father to market, he is introduced to a new world, a new sense of wonder and amazement, and the realization that his life has just taken on a whole new dimension.

Through a series of discoverie
Maria Elmvang
Christian fantasy. The first half of the book was really good - great writing and I really got to care about the characters. Unfortunately the writing lost some of its tightness in the second half, resulting in stilted conversations and awkward jumps from scene to scene. Really a shame, because I enjoyed the plot and found it very interesting.

I think the author would have benefitted from not having the King of the Trees reference the Bible quite as much though. The same effect could have been ac
Nov 05, 2014 Allison rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People of all ages.
I really enjoyed this book. My family has been reading it out loud in the evenings (their are 11 of us ages 50-2). We all loved it, so much that we just bought the next couple of books in the series to start reading in the evenings before bedtime. If you like fantasy along the lines of the Chronicles of Narnia then you will love this book. I can't wait 'till we get to start reading the next book.
Jul 14, 2011 Kelli rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, contemporary
I gave this book three of five stars not because I didn't love the story. There were a few parts that were SO close to the bible that it almost felt disrespectful. However, it was done very well and the religious ties were changed enough that it was NOT disrespectful. But a few parts were close enough to the bible that I felt a little uncomfortable for those few pages. However, I'd still highly recommend this book to all Christians. It's like the Narnia books in that it re-tells the story of Chr ...more
Sep 02, 2010 CompassBookRatings rated it liked it
King of the Trees was a fun book to read. I felt like it was really well written, except for a few parts that moved too quickly and lost me. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres but I felt, in some ways, that this book was too similar to many i'd already read. I was disappointed in how strongly the allegory was written. It was a little too strong for my taste. The characters were fun and the story moved along quickly. I would recommend it most to a young juvenile audience.
Nov 08, 2015 Claire rated it really liked it
Recommended to Claire by: My Mother
It's been a long time since I last read this book, but I remember loving it. If I recall correctly there are some definite Christian themes throughout this book/series, but just about anyone interested in the fantasy genre could enjoy it.
Jun 09, 2013 Shalini rated it it was ok
It was different but not good enough to enjoy it very much. And I think the song lyrics/poems in it were absolutely ridiculous!!
Anquan Le
May 31, 2010 Anquan Le rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Trees.
Recommended to Anquan by: No one.
I thought this book was good. =)
May 26, 2010 Zock rated it it was amazing
i really liked it
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Christian Goodrea...: King of the Trees series (7 titles) 1 8 May 11, 2013 04:26PM  
Book Haven: King of the Trees series 1 5 Sep 09, 2012 02:16PM  
  • Key Holder of the Realms (Tales of the Whosawhachits, #1)
  • Arana's Visitor (The Vadelah Chronicles, #1)
  • The Gates of Neptune (Seven Sleepers, #2)
  • The Final Storm (The Door Within, #3)
  • The Two Collars (Bracken Trilogy, #3)
  • Kingdom's Edge (Kingdom, #3)
  • Legends Reborn
  • The Bloodstone Chronicles: A Journey of Faith (Journeys to Fayrah, #1-4)
  • Velvet Ball and the Broken Fairy
  • The Way of the Wilderking (The Wilderking Trilogy, #3)
  • Finally and Forever (Katie Weldon, #4)
  • Last of the Nephilim (Oracles of Fire, #3)
  • Tales of the Restoration (Tales of the Kingdom, #3)
  • The Return of the Dragon
  • The White Assassin (Nightshade Chronicles, #2)
  • Grimbold's Other World
  • Under a Fairy Moon
  • Dragonheart
William D. Burt is the award-winning author of the seven-title Christian allegorical "King of the Trees" series. (Author Website) Other works are in progress. His first series title, The King of the Trees, won the silver medal in the category of Christian fantasy in the 2014 Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest. The Golden Wood (Book 3) was a finalist in the category of Children's fa ...more
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“Good day to you, Sister," Gannon grunted, gritting his teeth and clenching the reins in a white-knuckled grip. "May you live to see your great-grandchildren, and may your eyes never grow dim!" Rolin stifled a snicker. His spinster aunt was childless, and her eyesight was poor from years of needlework.” 2 likes
“Fetch me the money box and some punkwood, will you, my boy?" Gannon asked him, licking the honey from his plate. (I fear table manners in the cabin-indeed, all manners-had suffered since Gannon and his son had been left to themselves.)” 1 likes
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