Book I in the "King of the Trees" fantasy series. 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 fiendish foe and his underworld army; deadly snake-trees; dragons and other mythical creatures. On their perilous quest for the fabled Isle of Luralin, they must trust the King with their very lives. In the end, they learn that "the greatest help oft comes in harm's disguise to those with trusting hearts and open eyes." The King of the Trees will enchant readers of all ages, especially those who love trees and the Tree-Maker.
About the author
William D. Burt is the award-winning author of the seven-title Christian allegorical "King of the Trees" series. Other works are in progress. Two of his titles (out of three submitted) were finalists in the 2014 Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest: The King of the Trees and The Golden Wood.
The King of the Trees subsequently won the 2014 Silver Medal in the category of "Christian fantasy."
All seven of Burt's series titles have been awarded five stars by Readers' Favorite reviewers.
He was also a 2013 finalist in The Authors Show.com "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading" competition.
Having spent most of his teenage years vicariously adventuring in Middle Earth, the author is an avid fantasy fan. His first fantasy title, The King of the Trees, came out in 1998 (first edition). 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 Western Oregon University, he served as a successful grant-writer and program coordinator.
Burt holds a B.S. in English from Lewis and Clark College and an M.S. from Western Oregon University in Deaf Education. He is an RID-certified sign-language interpreter with over 40 years' experience. His interests include reading, foreign languages and mycology. He is married with two grown children.
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