Sunday, April 12, 2015

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: Tree of Ages

"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.

Little does she know, an unknown evil tugs on he strings of fate, and the answers she so desperately seeks may be more important than she could have ever imagined.

- Goodreads

I was gifted this book (yay me!) in exchange for an honest review (yay you!). But I do honest reviews anyway so it's a 'yay me!' too!

Tree of Ages was amazing. I loved the way it started off like an epic, smack in the middle of the overall story with pieces of it being revealed along the way. Finn is a pretty snarky tree (shoulda been a pine needle, honestly) but her development into human society gradually revealed that she was never just bark and roots, but one of the most important people in this entire magical fight.

On a not so random night, Finn finds herself as a human woman rather than the tree she remembers to be. An elderly hermit by the name of Aed helps her, and in result they go on a journey so she can find a way to be returned to her original form. Or was it ever? As they travel, fractured memories begin to resurface, and with the knowledge of human things that a tree (even an intelligent one) would not so easily grasp, she becomes reluctant in accepting the fact that she might not have always been a tree. Because if that was the case, then what was she before, and why was she left in such a state for all those years?

Finn and Aed stop at an inn only to be spotted by a particular party- red-headed twins, a hired body, and a noblewoman and her guard. The hired body- Iseult -immediately knows Finn on the spot from an old page he once looked at as a child. She is Finnur, a cleric for her people the Cavari, an enemy clan of his own, the Ui Neid. Thought to be the last of his kin, Iseult decides to urge one of the historian twins- Anders -into coaxing Aed and his female companion to accompany them on their own journey. And who knew that luck would be on their side? Turns out, Aed is The Mountebank, a notorious and powerful man who lived well in the hundreds with the rumors of a wayward daughter. Anders can't help but plead to have such a treasure with him and his sister, and with both parties needing something from the other, their voyage begins.

So much happens for Finn, ranging from the reappearance of the fae to the reemergence of feelings that she as a tree would have never been able to comprehend. And Aed brought up a good point in the end. Finn may had been changed into a tree, but he did enjoy the change in her. When she'd appeared on the ground bare as a babe, she had no thoughts for anyone or anything save her own goal to be returned to her old state. The book's length changed all that, however, and he saw it in the way she not so secretly worried about leaving Kai, a friend-turned-captor-turned-confusing-man, behind back at the old smuggler's hideout.

With the action and plot-revealing, my favorite part of this would have to be the way every character gave me their own impression: Aed as a worried father-figure for Finn, the way Iseult slowly cared for Finn, and Kai quickly falling for the Oak Child soon after promising to exchange her for a hearty ransom. The character development in this thing was just great.

This book was action-packed with more things than I care to spoil here (seriously, a lot went on), but I did enjoy reading her scenes with the fae and the way they helped her without question. How cool. I also liked it when Finn got closer to Iseult. I'm still debating on whether or not I'm happy with the possible love triangle.

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But Kai's starting to really grow on me

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And can I just give a shout-out to Aed?
You're such a cool dude.
I love you. <3

The whole thing flowed nicely: the tone of the story, the slight slang and phrases, and it all fit and matched whoever's POV was present. The characters weren't two-dimensional, and it was a great idea to reel the reader in with a man like Aed, an old hermit you can't help but love, grouchiness and all.

Things did get a little chaotic with this and that happening to the characters, and some scenes seemed a little slow at times in comparison to the rest, but it was an overall enjoyable read that I would recommend to those who love all things fae with adventure and a hint of romance.

Hell, I purchased Xoe: Vampires, and Werewolves, and Demons, oh my! because I liked this. It was also free on Amazon. This broke college girl deeply appreciates these things. :D

Happy Reading!

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