The Triad of the Tree
Wunderwood Book 2
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy
Published: February 2016
It’s been a year since Miranda and Marcus returned home, but Wunderwood is no longer the peaceful place they left. It seems thwarting Thornton Crow has had an unforeseen consequence: the Tree of Mindala is dying. As the magic fades, the deathly Sickness threatens the lives of Wunderwood’s citizens. The only way to save them—and Wunderwood’s magic—is to plant a new Tree before the original Tree dies.
By ancient decree, only the Triad, a special group chosen by magical means, can open the Box that contains the Seeds that must be planted. The only problem is the Triad is broken. Miranda and Marcus are once again called upon for their help. But restoring the Triad will be much easier said than done. And time is running out…
This is book 2 of the Wunderwood series. For my review of book 1, click here.
The Tree of Mindala is dying, and only the triad can save it. The race is on to find out who among the citizens of Wunderwood has the power to replant the tree.
I enjoyed taking another stroll through the world of Wunderwood. It’s full of fascinating characters and beautiful scenery. Magic abounds, so long as the tree is healthy, and with the tree declining, no one is able to use their magic. Except, of course, for the story’s main villain. Leaf rises to the occasion, stealing the Box containing the necessary components to replant the tree.
I could truly sympathize with Leaf, and he is one of the best written characters in the book. He doesn’t want to play the bad guy, instead being thrust into the role by circumstances beyond his control. Becoming the villain is the only solution he sees to the numerous problems he’s experiencing. I always enjoy when I can sympathize with the villain of a story.
There are a ton of characters throughout the course of the story. Too many, I think. The intended audience is too young to keep track of so many. I had trouble remembering who was who. That being said, most of the main characters are very well written, and I felt like I could truly connect with them. Among those were Miranda, Raina, Leaf, Skye, and most of all Thornton. The gut-wrenching agony Thornton feels over his past is beautifully written, and I felt a deep connection with him.
I also have to say that I believe the story is a little longer than it needs to be. There are so many scenes of everyone standing around talking that it really slowed down the action. No, this isn’t an action-packed tale, but it’s a powerful story and one that I was eager to see resolved. ***spoiler ahead*** I loved the addition of dragons, and the role they played. ***end of spoiler*** In addition, I loved the descriptions of magic and alchemy, as well as delving into the history of Wunderwood.
I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
4 out of 5 stars
About the Author:
Elle Jacklee’s professional titles have included software programmer, bilingual sales rep, and proposal specialist. But her favorite title, besides wife and mother, is author! It’s the only one that lets her call daydreaming “research.” Her love for the outdoors is her greatest inspiration. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two young sons, none of whom are in a hurry to grow up, and that’s just fine with her! You can visit her website at: www.ellejacklee.com