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Red Leaves and the Living Token

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Doctors tell Raj that his son Emret won't survive his illness. As Raj struggles to prepare himself and Emret for the inevitable, he's confronted by Moslin, his son's nurse, who’s been filling Emret’s head with fairytales about heroic quests and powerful disease curing miracles. Emret now thinks that all he has to do is find the mythical Red Tree from the nurse's stories, a ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 5th 2012 by Red Earth Press (first published April 2nd 2012)
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Chris Larsen
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was raised by an elementary school librarian, and have spent most of my life having all kinds of young adult fiction foisted upon me by a mother looking to see if such and such book would or would not make a nice addition to her shelves. There's so much predictable garbage out there ripping off marketable ideas, that it's easy to forget how awesome it is to encounter something new. And based on that, I've wholeheartedly recommend Mr. Burrell's book to my dear mother, and now I'm recommending i ...more
Richard Bunning
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
There is a lot of originality in this dark tale. Burrell writes very well, and with a great deal of invention. I can only find any significant fault any in the concentration demanded of the reader. A little more description of each character on first appearance, or an index of characters profiles and key locations, would have helped me. My poor memory, alongside my tendency to skim read, are certainly much of my problem and so I really don't wish to labour the point.
This nice mix of quirky new a
This is a delightfully honest and refreshing tale of a determined and bright boy, "Emret", who wants nothing more than to live and experience life as he ought. I was charmed, entranced by his exploits to find a cure for himself. And I really enjoyed the adventures of his desperate father, Raj, the lessons he was inevitably taught on his journey to find his son. This story has excellent humor, brilliant suspense and wonderful characters that grip the reader and beg that each page be read.

I read t
Sam Ang
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This same review is also available in the following link:---------->>

Note: This is a book review based on a free copy from the author. Many thanks go to the author for this generosity.

Although the beginning was quite uneventful, the story's introduction of all new races made this an original work by itself.

One-liner intro: An epic in the making, with all new races and a heart racing momentu
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Red Leaves and the Living Token" by Benjamin David Burrell is a riveting Fantasy featuring multiple interwoven sub-plots, with a captivating over-arching theme. Three distinct "species" of characters are the primary personalities in this story: Bota, Zo, and Petra. The Bota are a BOTAnical species, the Zo are a ZOoligical species, and the Petra are a rock species. It took me more than half the book to recognize the relationship between their names and their composition, but thereafter it was qu ...more
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this through the GoodReads Giveaway.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a gorgeous tale and gave me the same stirrings that I felt when I first read Tolkien. I can't wait to read the future books!

Emret is very ill and is compelled to make an arduous journey with his nurse, Moslin. He is only a boy, but his determination and fervor help him every turn of the journey. Moslin has her own troubles to contend with and hopefully the journey wll answer some questions for her.

Raj, Emret's fa
Flora Smith
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book for my honest review.

This was a wonderfully original story created in a different world inhabited by three types of beings that represent three types of nature. The Zoen are furry creatures that are very animalistic looking. The petra have a very rocklike look about them. The Botann are green and very plantlike in appearance. The greatest difficulty for me was keeping straight which characters were which. It would have been helpful if at the front or the back
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arr-r2r
**4 Stars**

MY OVERVIEW: This is one of those books that you don’t want to judge by the cover. Honestly, the cover freaks me out and I almost didn’t read the book because of it. But I am glad that the author provided a copy for me to review – otherwise I would have never read this great book!

PROS: Emret! I love him. He is such a stubborn and determined young boy. The author did a fantastic job creating three different races of “people” and a wonderful new world. I could picture everything perfect
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Seriously? This book is a literal cliffhanger. The book just stops. Obviously leaving the possibility for more, which is a FAB idea, since the characters and story are definitely worth pursuing. But to get to the last sentence and realize there is no more is an insanely adept way to hook readers for the next book. Bravo, Mr. Burrell, bravo. Now when will the next one be out?
Brooke Banks
I won this in a First Reads Giveaway.

I liked this book. I enjoyed it. The story is intriguing, the characters are dynamic, and the world is creative. I'm interested to see where this series is going. The characters are indeed very well done and finding out more information as the story went on really helped with understanding and caring about the characters. Switching perspectives kept the suspense and tension up. The story might follow general over-arching guidelines in the fantasy genre but it
Sadie Forsythe
DNF 15%

Nothing necessarily wrong with it. Just not for me I think.
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
The description of this book says everything that you need to know as a reader. I couldn’t possibly add to it, so I won’t try. Emret is a sick little boy and most likely going to die. In a desperate attempt to get a miracle, he goes on the run with his nurse and without his father’s knowledge. Raj is frantic to find his son missing and follows them but finds himself on a much more complicated journey than he first expected. I really enjoyed this book, it intrigued me and kept me entertained at e ...more
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books, 2012-reads
This book deserves something between four and five stars.

For me it is a kind of a refreshing dark fantasy tale which is well executed.
This is the first of six planned books.

The end of the novel is like a rest on a long journey and I must say I lookforward to continue the journey.


My Expectations
Based on the blurb I expected a coming of age story mixed with myths and magic including twists and turns. The cover promise a lot of non human characters.

The Delivery
The 200 pages of the story ar
Nov 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It took me a while to get into this story and start turning the pages with my usual fervor. I felt hooked towards the ending of book and am mildly interested in following Raj and Emret into the next piece of their story. Truth be told, if this were the first and final book for this story, I would feel satisfied. Overall, I felt that there were aspects to this story that are familiar but it is an original world with original "races".
R.M. Fraser
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it
The story is a about a man named Raj, and his son, Emret, who is in a hospital for a disease that is threatening his life. It's much like you would see with young cancer patients in our world. In this world, there are three main races of people, the Petra, Zo, and the Botan. It seems to be like our modern world in many ways. Then again it seems old fashioned at times as well. Emret is desperate to find a cure, and will do anything to find it. Raj, on the other hand, is a very protective parent ...more
Jessica Bronder
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rieth is a land filled with three creatures: Zo, Bota, and Petra. The Zo are furry, mammal like creatures, bota are plant like creatures, and the Petra are similar to rocks. In Rieth, there used to be Reds, who are one of each creature that is red, has magical healing powers, and helps guide the others and the token they held we lost. Without the guidance of the Reds, the different leaders of the Zo, Bota, and Petra are barely keeping the peace and starting fights with one of the other groups.

Darian Wilk
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
The blurb for this book describes the essence of the story perfectly, so there's no need to elaborate on that aspect. But what the blurb doesn't cover, is the amazing fantasy world Burrell has created. He's crafted fantastic imagery, as I read I envisioned a cross between modern world and...think Lord of the Rings perhaps. The amount of detail, sheer imagination, and talent to bring such a world to life through words is truly impressive. Normally this genre of book is one I might skim over, but ...more
Christine Rice
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Red Leaves and the Living Token by Benjamin David Burrell is a well-written, fast-paced adventure that takes place in a fantasy realm. The book is descriptive and easy to read, which is fitting for readers of various backgrounds. The characters are optimistic, compassionate, and strong-willed.

The story is about a world where the beings are unique species. There is the botann - who are made of trees, the petra - who are made of rocks, and the zo - who are hunched-over furry animals. The botann, p
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-reviews
One quick note before I get into the meat of my review, I received an early edition of this book before it had been seen by a professional editor (I have since received an edited copy but don't have time to reread the book in it's entirety). As such I will be reviewing on characters, story, etc, ignoring any of the editing issues I saw within.

Red Leaves was originally written as a screenplay with the goal of a CG production in mind. The cover shows off the skill that the characters can be rende
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Emret, thirteen, is terminally ill. Confined to a wheelchair and in the hospital for what will be his final care, he is hardly the archetype of a superhero. His father, Raj, is desperate for a cure and willing for the doctors to try their best. Emret's nurse, Moslin, has been sent away. Raj believes she is not good for Emret as she fills his head with visions of the old stories, of magic and visions and things far beyond the ken of men.

Then the impossible happens. Raj arrives at the hospital roo
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ralph, Xural
Recommended to Darlene by:
Now, this was different! I almost put it down several times. I just couldn't get into it. That is where text-to-speech helps the most. I let it continue to read to me while I did other things and suddenly I was into it. I thought I would never be able to keep track of the cast of characters. I didn't like that it seemed about power, men and wars. But suddenly there is the father by his son's bedside in a hospital. The son is dying. That's when the story became interesting.

I thought at first that
Ruth B
Aug 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, fantasy
Red Leaves and The Living Token it may be just another fantasy book but it has some things on its favor. A story about a father and his dying son on the quest for find a miracle cure.

After a hard start where I didn’t feel very related to the story and I didn’t understand where everything was going, things changed for the better. Once the magic and the fantasy were involved the true action began.

A book faithful to the fantasy genre, Red Leaves creates a world where this three kinds of beings li
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Burrell creates a wonderful fantasy world in Red Leaves and The Living Token. There are three distinct races and interesting characters within each race. I love the parent/child family dynamic which infuses the narrative. The relationship between Raj and his son Emret makes this novel worthwhile. As does the relationship between the Master Cleric Bedic, his daughter Moslin (who is Emret’s nurse) and her daughter Sinesh. There is true sweetness radiating between them which I found very appealing. ...more
Linda Parkinson-Hardman
I used to be an avid reader of Fantasy and Science Fiction but have moved away from the genre in more recent decades. When Ben’s book was given to me to review, the thing I noticed first was that it didn’t follow any standard formulas for the genre, it was refreshingly different. The characters are well drawn and believable, facing similar issues that many people face in the ‘real’ world today; however, it creates a number of what could be conflicting parallels – for instance, there are state-of ...more
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
it was amazing. i loved the story of finding the red leaves to save his son, if only it can be in real life.

the theme of fatherhood was great painted in my opinion, and it is one of the most important themes in books in general.

the characters are well painted too. i loved the hero "Raj" with his actions that spray comic on the novel.i loved the weird names of the characters although it was hard for me to memorize.

the plot is coherent. AND it is very exciting. i loved the conflict.

i gave 5 stars
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it. I assume the final edition had much better editing.

I found many things to like about the fantasy world Benjamin Burrell has created; such as the three races, the mystical Token, and some of the landscape descriptions. Except for the children, the characters did not come alive for me. I found much of the plot confusing, perhaps due to the switching from viewpoint to viewpoint. Many of the character's actions made no sense to me u
Aug 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012, arc
Red Leaves and the Living Token is based in a fantasy world where the main character Emret sets out to have an adventure whilst searching for a cure for his illness. Along the way the adventure becomes character building giving each strength and determination to reach their goal.

The world that has been created by Burrell consists of different types of species that either don’t get on with one another or they tolerate each other. Following Emret on his journey, we are introduced to many likeable
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, own-this-one
I agree with Richard...I would have liked a bit more description of the characters. I kind of felt like you do when you have something on the tip of your tongue, you almost know it, but not quite. This being said, I really enjoyed it. I did not know it was a Part 1, but now I will be trying to read part 2. I am really rooting for the little guy! It was written in a way that made me feel as if this was a real place that I just didn't know much about. Just under 200 pages on my Nook.
Deborah Ruth
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting but at times a bit confusing. The copy I read had a lot of errors in the grammar, spelling etc. It might have been an advance copy as it was signed by the author and donated to recycling library. Not sure if I want to continue the series, but probably would if I'm done with other books I really want to read.
Jumped around a lot in time, place and character and had a number of editing issues, so I didn't get far into it. Consider these sentences: "Clansman this is Doctor Bihinlem. She's been heading our alternatives research. Go ahead doctor." If you can't tell what's wrong with them, this book may be for you.
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Benjamin Burrell graduated from film school a little over a decade ago and has been writing scripts ever since. He produced and directed of few of his stories into short films and won a handful of awards in film festivals across the country.

"Red Leaves and the Living Token" is his debut Novel.

He currently lives in South Jordan, Utah, with his beautiful wife and three perfectly behaved children.