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Tree of Ages

(Tree of Ages #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  5,184 ratings  ·  403 reviews
"The seasons are changing. The lines are faltering, undoing the old and bringing life to the new. Trees will fall, and changed earth will be left in their place. A storm is coming."

Finn doesn't remember much about her previous life, and in a world that has been changed by the wars of the Tuatha De, where trust is hard to come by, answers are even more difficult to find. Li
Paperback, 360 pages
Published March 1st 2015 by Vulture's Eye Publications
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Jeff Wheeler
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this one last week and was pleased to discover another YA fantasy author who didn't rely on sex, swearing, or gore to write a compelling debut novel. The premise of the story was an intriguing hook. A tree, which has been observing the world in the woods, suddenly transforms into a woman and wakes up clueless about how it happened. That created an interesting mystery and how she seeks answers to who she really is. Was she a tree all along? Or was being a tree a curse from her past? Th ...more
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay so I just finished reading Tree of Ages ;) and I'm giving it a 3.5 because the way I feel about it is in between liking it and really liking it.

Firstly I'd just like to say that I cannot fault the writing itself... IT WAS GREAT. The author has a lot of talent. The whole book was in third person and conveyed by several perspectives, and yet still managed to create so much mystery!

So when I first started reading this book I was all like...

It was a strange yet tantalizing start to a book... T
May 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cliffhanger much?

A great start but then it dragged a bit for me. I had to keep picking it back up forcing myself along. I must say as a warning that nothing..and I mean nothing, is resolved in book one, this book. Be prepared to purchase the others for a story arc to conclude. This was decent with world building and meh on character building. The intents of the characters are muddy and not well defined although you will NOT mix them up by midway through the book. So that means with a large cast,
Sylvia Mercedes
So when I first heard the premise of the story—a tree transforms into a girl and goes on an adventure—I thought, “Well, that sounds weird.”

But . . . it’s actually really cool. The book opens with Finn suddenly reverting from tree to human form. She has no memory of any life other than that of a tree, and her sudden humanity is a complete mystery to her. We the reader, of course, quickly surmise that she was originally human and enchanted or cursed, but Finn truly has no idea. All she wants is to
C. Erani Kole
I give this five stars. It would've been four because there was a few scenes that seemed to drag, but it's been a weird week for me, so I don't take that into account.

I loved loved loved this. A tree turning into a human makes for an amazing adventure, especially when you add in a grouchy but adorable old hermit and a possible love interest (or two) in fairly opposite seeming men along the way.

Finn's transition from tree to woman was a nice story, and like an epic, things were revealed along the
Heidi The Reader
I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads. FTC guidelines: check!

Tree of Ages is a fantasy novel about a tree who becomes a girl (or is it a girl who becomes a tree and then reverts back into a girl?). Finn is trying to figure out who she is and so is the rest of the world- which itself is on the verge of something big, something having to do with the magical creatures, who Roethle calls the Faie, who disappeared years ago and now are reappearing all over the place.

This b
Rhonda Taylor
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully woven tale

She awakes falling. She was a tree now she is a girl. She wants to be a tree again. This is a tale rich in lore. I stumbled during the first twenty or so pages, wavering on whether to continue or not. I am so happy I chose to continue. I'm blown away by this tale. I definitely recommend this book. The story weaves itself from a cute story into a full blown epic tale.
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The beginning starts a little slow but it quickly picks up and keeps your interest right to the very end.

Finn, the tree child, wakes to find herself human after spending a century as a tree. She's wakened by Àed who takes her in, cares for her and helps her acclimate to her new state of being.

Finn eventually sets out to find someone who can turn her back into a tree, Àed ostensibly goes along to keep her company. It doesn't take long for them to gain companions but who is to be trusted?

I thorou
Eri | BooksAreMyCaffeine
Every now and then, I stray away from the mainstream and make my way into that little online aisle with the tag “self-published” upon it. This is how I stumbled across “Tree of ages” by Sara C. Roethle. A happy coincidence after typing “self-publish” on Amazon’s search box.

The first thing that caught me was the cover (tho, after reading the book I consider it false advertisement), the second thing was the synopsis, afterwards, the e-book price (budget books!) and just like that, I was hooked!

Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

I thought that there was a very compelling backstory here that I was more interested in than the current plot. I would have probably enjoyed this more with some flashbacks.

I thought the writing was sufficient but that there needed to be some editing, as words were left out here and there.

I really liked the very diverse group of characters and the way the narrative skipped back around from one to another. I really like knowing what each of them was thinking, but I thought there was a s
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Finn was a tree, now she's human. This story had some potential, in theory. In reality, a bunch of random people were wandering around, then they bumped into each other and sort of stuck loosely, had some unlikely adventures, split apart again, zoomed around aimlessly, got back together. Sort of like a chemistry lesson gone bad. The characterization was awful. No character was ever developed enough for the reader to have a sense of their personality or what they might do, and just when it seemed ...more
Feb 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I really wanted to love this. It starts out with a girl who was a tree who turns into a girl and I was like YES PLEASE!! This is like totally new and fresh. But, shortly after that this book started going downhill. I could get behind her going to where she was being pulled to and I really loved all the characters but the story/plot itself just wasn't working for me. At one point they have to put their trip on hold because all of a sudden there is a plot twist that really just made this one fall ...more
✨Selena Yukino✨
While I liked this book, I found myself bored throughout a lot of the chapters. I'm also not really sure who's the love interest either, but I definitely know I fucking hate Kai. I hope it's not him. PLEASE, NOT THAT MOTHERFUCKER. I also found myself wanting to choke Finn because she can be so fucking stupid. Not to mention, the plot was laughable in some ways. The whole tree thing for instance, it could have been pulled off, but instead it was butchered. Into cheap, shitty wood chips.

I will be
Angi Naerebout
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a very good book! I was sucked in very quickly! All of the intertwining characters and stories felt very reminiscent of A Midsummer Nights Dream. It kept me interested the whole way through. There was so much that happened- so so much, it was difficult to keep track of everyone’s separate stories. It was hard to have so many words that I had to look up in the glossary though, there could have been more included though. Finn was interesting...likable and irritating in a good mixture. Too t ...more
Heather Lynne
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
“Tree of Ages” by Sara C Roethle flaunts highly readable sentences and a well crafted plot that held my attention the entire way through - it’s definitely a page turner. Yet, with too little character and world development and an over reliance on tropes, this story lacks originality and feels more like a bare outline than a fully-fledged novel. The pacing is too fast and the characters’ relationships are so insular that it reminded me of watching a 1990s soap opera. That being said, I do love ho ...more
Hannah  Cook
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not kidding, this was an amazing read! I finished it quickly despite being busy the past few days. I don't know if the book is shorter, or if it was simply due to the fact I was lost in the story and the flowy writing. Speaking of which, did I mention I LOVE her writing style? Ha! I do. I became a bit obsessed with it. :D

The story itself was great fun. I was amazed Sara could make me fall in love with so many characters at once, but fall in love I did. I adored Aed. He was my favorite charac
Ben Bookworm
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This has to be the best fantasy novel I have read this year.
The premise is about a woman who for unknown reasons (so far) turns into a tree, then unexpectedly turns back into a woman. Finn as our heroine is called, decides to set out on a mission to become a tree again as she preferred that state. Along the way she teams up with other travelers and an old man who is surprisingly agile and fit for his age.
Tree of ages is definitely worth checking out if you like fantasy books, or just want to rea
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Penny Potts
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Off to a good start

The story of how a young woman begins her travels is a good read and flows well. The build up of characters and plot is well rounded and fleshed out. Enough intrigue and just a touch of malicious with an old world feel makes for a great read. I look forward to the remaining books in the series.
Trista Wilson

This book writing is too low grade. There really isn’t a lot happening but when it does it isn’t really planned out well imo. It’s like the author had an idea and then another idea and then another. It’s like jumping from one stone to another, not the flow of a river. I didn’t like the writing style, I could care less about the characters, and after 100 pages I just couldn’t force it anymore. Hate I wasted money on this. On to the next I guess.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book would be lame, but it was actually an enjoyable read. I probably wouldn't read it over and over, but it was nice because I wanted an easy Young Adult fiction that would grab my attention, without putting me through emotional upheaval (because I just wasn't in the mood to be that emotionally invested). That sounds like a bad thing! Basically, I was interested in the stories and the characters, but felt like it was a relaxing read. The setting is a fantasy world based off of Sc ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this page turner and will look forward to the next in the series. The Melted Sea..
Ashley  Sherrets
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best series I have read in years! I couldn't put these books down! I read all five books in less than a month, while still maintaining other life activities! I HIGHLY recommend them for anyone who likes fantasy reads! ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. The writing was okay, the premise interesting, but I still don't really know what is going on with the plot by the end of the book. Meh. ...more
Jul 17, 2019 added it
Shelves: fantasy, rating-pg
A Celtic-inspired fantasy structured around an intriguing series of mysteries - and a heroine who used to be a tree! I enjoyed the worldbuilding in this one.
Hannah Brown
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finn has always been a tree, for over one hundred years. But one day, she wakes up and she has pale skin, hair and she’s a girl. Áed, or the Mounteback, takes her in, but soon Finn wants to leave and find out what happened to her and how to reverse the effects. She misses the nature, the connections, the earth. She doesn’t want to be human. Especially with the brewing tensions in the world of the Tuatha.

Finn and Áed’s journey is filled with twists, turns, betrayals, friendships but most of all:
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
I really enjoyed this book, it was good!

SEX/NUDITY: There are no sex scenes in this book nor very suggestive writing. There is one character you can tell is a womanizer, but it is never talked about in great detail. There are some moments people bathe, but it doesn't go into description of nudity etc. in any way, very tastefully done. There is also a scene where a girl is surprised to turn around and find her companion had dropped his towel and hopped in a bathtub and she quickly leaves the room
Eric Farkas

Edit: I typed up more elaborate thoughts at some point so figured I'd dump them here.

One of the interesting things about reading digital media is you don’t have that inherent ability to tell how far you are in a book like you do with physical media. In this case that almost meant I didn’t finish the book as I ended up kind of wandering away from the book and only finished it because I noticed I was actually on the last chapter. Not that finishing it really changed my opinion of the book.

Eilidh Collins
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If it were possible to give a book more than 5 stars, this is the book I'd give it to. I can't remember enjoying a book as much as this one for a long time. The storyline is intriguing, and the characters are written so well I felt as though I knew them. The author has skilfully written a plot that is full of twists and turns; two in particular shocked me. I felt a great deal of empathy towards many of the characters. She even manages to make you like one who has no business being liked by anyon ...more
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, fantasy, mystery
After trying to force myself to continue with this book I’ve decided to dnf. I loved the opening sequence but it started to fall flat after reaching the quarter way mark. Didn’t really like the characters in the company apart from two. The parts of the journey where they were getting into trouble felt forced, like it was sprinkled in to create conflict. It just felt like i was watching some episodic show but forced into one book.

I understand that this is the beginning of the series and that we a
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Sara C. Roethle is a Fantasy author and part-time unicorn. She enjoys writing character driven stories in various fantasy realms with elements of Celtic and Norse myth, humor, and metaphysical ponderings.

Her series include:

Tree of Ages
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The Moonstone Chronicles
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Bitter Ashes

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“The landscape was still wide open, with the stunted, twisted trees here and there. The cloud- darkened sky and lack of landmarks made Finn feel like she was watching the same scene over and over again as they rode. Her half- breed horse stumbled often as it trotted across the rocky landscape, unused to the lively pace. The animal would not be able to keep up with the steady speed for as long as the others, and Finn began to fear being left behind.” 0 likes
“She tossed and turned on her straw mat, too filled with restless energy to leave the waking world. It was the first time since Garenoch that Finn had slept inside, and she had mixed feelings about the situation. She found that she was actually grateful for the shelter, and that thought alone worried her. What worried her even more, was that she hadn't thought about being a tree all day. She was, in fact, beginning to like life as a human. She liked being a part of what people did, beyond lending them shade, or a trunk to lean against. She liked dancing and conversing. More than the sense of community, she enjoyed adventure and having the ability to move about as she pleased, meeting new humans and creatures along the way.” 0 likes
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