Today, Kimberly is here with her guest book review of Tree Magic by Harriet Springbett.
We received a copy of Tree Magic from Impress Books in exchange for a free and honest opinion.
Thirteen-year-old Rainbow discovers she can communicate with trees. But that’s just the beginning. Her magic hands can shape trees at her will, but her gift is dangerous and has fatal consequences. An accident that leaves Rainbow unconscious leads her mother to make a confession that will change Rainbow’s life forever. Are her abilities a gift or a curse? Can Rainbow really trust her mother? From England to France, through secrets, fears and parallel worlds, Rainbow’s journey to understand her powers takes her beyond everything she’s ever known. To find the truth, she must also find herself
There are good debut novels and then there are incredible debut novels, and Tree Magic by Harriet Springbett easily falls under the latter categorization. If you know anything about the book world, you know that agents and publishers are seeking not just good writers, but novels with plots that are in every way new. Impress Books Ltd. found what it was looking for with this one.
Tree Magic is the metamorphic story of thirteen old Rainbow who has a gift that may stretch the reader’s beliefs as much as it does the trees she interacts with. The story is at the same time sad and magical, real and fantastic, heart-wrenching and hopeful. It touches on the concept of alternate realities and is set up beautifully through Rainbow’s mother telling of the legend of Amrita Devi:
“She lived in India a long, long time ago. She understood how important trees are. One day, the Maharajah’s tree cutters came to cut down a tree in her village to build a new fortress for the Maharajah. Amrita threw herself in front of the men’s axes, hugged the tree, and declared that if they wanted to cut down the tree they’d have to kill her first….
What happened next?
There are two versions. One says she saved the tree and the other says she died.
Maybe she did both…..
Yes…. maybe her soul split into two and created an Amrita who died and an Amrita who lived. Perhaps they coexisted in parallel worlds.”
Rainbow’s world is shattered in one fateful instant, and the discovery that part of her consciousness learns in that moment sets her future along a multiverse route. Ms. Springbett’s talent in telling the tale allows the reader to become immersed in Rainbow’s journey, not wanting to put the novel down while not wanting it to end. I recommend some books at times, I HIGHLY recommend few books rarely. This is a book that I HIGHLY recommend. Well done Ms. Springbett on a debut novel that I hope is an indication of many highly recommendable novels to come!
Review By Kimberly Livingston for Love Books Group Blog
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