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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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Hannah
Feb 01, 2010 Hannah rated it 5 of 5 stars 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
Lisa
Oct 06, 2007 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars 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...more
Sean
this is one of my favourite boks and my third favorite in the series a must read for all ages
Nicolette
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
Randall Kristoff
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.
Elaina
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
Candice
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
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!
Ronwyn
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
booklady
Mar 01, 2010 booklady marked it as to-read
Recommended to booklady by: Hannah
Hannah says they are like the Narnia series...
Leonard
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
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...more
Frank
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...more
Charles
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
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.
Tiffany who finally decided to change her name
Apr 13, 2010 Tiffany who finally decided to change her name marked it as to-read
Recommended to Tiffany who finally decided to change her name by: Hannah
Looks cool.
Anne Baxter Campbell
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...more
Debbie
"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
Mia
LOVE IT!!
writer...
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...more
TWJ Magazine
“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...more
Maria M. 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...more
Kelli
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
CompassBookRatings
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.
Shalini
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 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Trees.
Recommended to Anquan by: No one.
I thought this book was good. =)
Zock
i really liked it
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Having spent most of his teenage years living in Middle Earth, the author is an avid fantasy fan. His first fantasy title, the King of the Trees, came out in 1998. While still in high school, he began his writing career editing his father's popular identification guides, "Edible and Poisonous Plants of the Western/Eastern States." As an Assistant Professor in the Special Education Department at We...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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