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Haunted Tree

(The Magus Family Chronicles #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Times were hard for Marc: Too much cold, not enough food and a once good friend had turned against him. Then his life grew even more complicated as magic invaded his world. Little did he know that discovering the Haunted Tree would change him in ways he could not imagine. Under the tutelage of the mysterious wizard Oren, Marc, and his lifelong friend, Valeria, found themse ...more
Kindle Edition, 361 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by PsiScribe Publishing
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M.E. Kinkade
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
A creative tale of hardship in a mysterious past. Marc and his village struggle to survive after an endless winter has fallen on the land. When times are particularly hard, Marc ventures near the Forbidden Vale, a murky wood that houses rumors of death. An accident forces Marc to become sensitive to the magic all around, drawing the attention of the powerful wizard that protects the village. Regardless of his intentions, Marc grows in strength, as a man...and a magician.

The setting is Roman-esqu
Carla Roberts
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The author said it was different than most stories like it and it was, yet it was also, I don't know how to say it but to use the work "comfortable". Like other reviewers said, the characters are real to me. Marc and Valeria are like friends to me now. I enjoyed Haunted Tree very much and can't wait for the next book.
I do have to admit I rated it 5 stars when only halfway through reading it, but that tells how much I was liking it by then. Now that I'm done, I stand by my rating. Also, I wa
Dave Neuendorf
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
The setting is medieval Britain, but that's the extent of any historical content. Marc, the main character, is blessed with magic, and apprentices to the local wizard. There is a romance obvious from the beginning to everyone except Marc. Several characters are developed in good detail, and several grow significantly in the course of the plot.

The magic system is not well defined, but is apparently an collection of paranormal powers granted by God. Christianity is assumed throughout, but will no
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Several weeks ago a friend of mine loaned me her copy of Haunted Tree (on her Kindle), telling me I'd like it. I usually don't care for historical fantasy, preferring modern fantasy, or I guess it's called Urban Fantasy. Anyway, I initially started reading it to make her happy and was quickly surprised to learn she was right. Turns out I really like it. Most of the "historic" fantasy I've read (or tried to!) is loaded down with political scheming, power plays and such and when there is too much ...more
Bill Tillman
A Christian Blockbuster; Haunted Tree

It's a brave soul who ventures into the realm of fantasy, magic and faith. Scott Scheller has walked the fine blade of remaining true to Biblical principals while being true to the wealth of magic in post Roman Brititania. A coming of age tale with great amounts of conflict, courage and love the lives of Marc, Valeria and Oren the Wise struggle against the forces of darkness. Be warned its a page turner that will be hard to put down once you have opened it up
Joe O'Bannon
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very Entertaining Read, More Please

I feel honored to be able to be at the beginning of what is no doubt going to be an exciting ride. What Scott has provided in the Haunted Tree is a rich vibrant world of the Magus family. Rich in character development, exciting action, and a very pleasant view of "magic". Can't wait for Book 2!
Julie Draper
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an intriguing coming of age book that readers of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games will thoroughly enjoy. The book held my interest as I wanted to see what would happen to Marc and Valeria as their world changed and their relationship evolved. This was a very creative and imaginative story.
Roy Huff
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved the way the characters where developed in this story. I don't want to give too much away, but by the title you can already see that a haunted tree plays an important part. Wizards and magic about in this story, which combines alternate history and fantasy adventure. A great read to escape into.
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great! Can't wait for more!
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
A really good book with a long time line not unlike the lord of the rings the story is set in 19teent century round about 1850
***** five star rating from me
Mark Loughe
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite
a really good book about the secrets of wizardry are passed through one family member to another
Fabio Ticconi
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Briefly: Plot is good but executed ok-ish; a nice tale but heavily christian, sounded like catechism. Characters are so and so, especially the main female who felt like a romantic tool for Marc.

Now the long version. The language is good, evocative but not pompous, fluid and well-honed. Good job to the author. The action scenes are brief and reasonable, mostly, and the tension is good. The pacing could be improved, tension goes down too often for too long.

What really put me off is the Christian t
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Adventure begins to unfold for young Marc when he first finds the haunted tree. Its power both draws him and frightens him. He learns that he, too, has powers of his own.

Recovering from the Ice Age, Britannia emerges to reconstruct and survive. Food is sparse and rival tribes many. An evil king plots to take over and Marc will cross the path of the king’s lackeys all too soon.

The Wizard Oren brings Marc and his friend Valeria into the world of magic teaching them skills and secrets. While Marc
Intriguing story of magic, love and friendship

It may seem I took a while to read the book. It did not. My children read it as well. This is definitely a story for ALL ages! The story has meaning, and magic is seen as a gift from God. Well explained in religious terms. Loved the characters. I could feel their emotions, and the magic....! It was like a movie in my head o(*^▽^*)o
The story is full of excitement, and you find yourself drawn into a beautiful world of fantasy. Mark and Valeria's frie
Fay Min
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Haunted Tree was definitely a different type of read. I won't give away any spoilers, read it for yourself! As I came across a wonderful opportunity to read this great book and write a review for it, I took the chance. Luckily for me, I had a friend who already read the book and let me borrow it. First of all, this book is wonderfully written for all age of readers where you can feel the emotions and magic. As I always picture what is going on in the books I read, I was able to see a beautiful v ...more
Lenita Sheridan
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, fantasy
This book is difficult to get into, but once you get into it, you'll be glad you did. It is a book full of cliffhangers and excitement. The two main characters grow as the story unfolds. The reader will be told The Secret of Magic later in the book. The author explains magic in Christian terms. He also gives magic limitations. The magic is quite well defined and the adventures they have with it are awesome. (view spoiler) ...more
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the better books i have read in recent times, The story surprised me and offered up more then i thought it would. Will definitely be chomping at the bit in anticipation for the rest of the series to come out.

Only thing that makes me unhappy is the Author doesn't have more books to read!
Highly recommend everyone take a look at this book.
Kat  Hooper
Read for #SPFBO
June Pace
May 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Well, this is the first two star review I've ever given...I had begun this book after finishing a tremendous series, and making two other attempts to begin a book, only to reject them, decided to move forward with this one. The beginning intrigued me and I went with it. The main thing that struck me when I finished is, what about this tree? We never really understand what it's power is or where it comes just sort of leaves you hanging. I began by enjoying the three main characters, and ...more
Jennifer Collins
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although I'd say that the title is misleading, the fantasy Scheller has created here is a beautifully drawn world which blends magic and religion in a seamless fashion, in a story that's somewhat reminiscent of Le Guin's Wizard of Earthsea, but with a focus on family and some romance added into the mix. For me, the story felt somewhat tame and it took me some time to get engaged, but I do think that's due in large part to the title, as I was expecting something darker, perhaps even verging on a ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not good at reviews, so I rarely try to put my thoughts about a book into written words and thereby embarrass myself. However the author, Scott, liked my rating of his book, a measly 3-stars, and now I feel bad.

I really liked Haunted Tree.
In fact I think I more or less read it in one sitting. - The characters are very likeable (and for me at least, relatable)

The reason for my 3-stars is that while I liked the book, there was a few places where I could tell that it's one of his first works(Th
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