Book I in the "King of the Trees" allegorical series by William D. Burt.
WINEPRESS PUBLISHING: 1st edition, 1998; 2nd edition, 2004.
(Softcover; 233 pages. Ill. by Terri Lahr and Rebecca Burt.) Includes glossary and pronunciation guide at the back for easier reading.
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 in the mountains. 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 mythological creatures. On their perilous quest for the fabled Isle of Luralin and the Tree of Life, 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 young and old, especially those who love trees and the Tree-Maker.