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The Tree of Water (Book) Review

 
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An imaginative book that pulls you in right from the start.

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It will have you looking for other books in the series, as you get little snippets of what has happened in the past.


Final Fiendish Findings?

The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme Ven is about to set off into the sea…and an adventure he could never imagine in his wildest dreams awaits him there. Along the way, he’ll face fear, wonder, disdain, and death many times over as he searches for a mystical creature that may or may not exist – […]

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The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme

Ven is about to set off into the sea…and an adventure he could never imagine in his wildest dreams awaits him there. Along the way, he’ll face fear, wonder, disdain, and death many times over as he searches for a mystical creature that may or may not exist – the Tree of Water.

Ven is not your average kid. For one thing, he’s fifty years old – although that’s still considered quite young for his kind. Ven is a Nain, a creature of the Earth who has found himself completely out of his element since taking on a job cataloging the wonders of the world and the magic within it for the human king. Though this job has taken Ven on adventures before, his current task will likely prove to be the most challenging yet.

Accompanied by his merrow (mermaid) friend Amariel and human companion Char, Ven will diving to the depths of the sea. Though this is ostensibly just him fulfilling a promise to explore Amariel’s home, Ven realizes early on that there will be much more to this task than simply a swim through the sea. Though Ven and Char are given gifts that will allow them to breathe underwater, the lack of air is far from the most dangerous thing facing them as the set out.

The Tree of Water is one of those books that really captures your imagination, and manages to hold it tight from start to finish. Ven is an extremely relatable character – though he faces challenges and creatures no real child will, he shows his insecurities and homesickness right along with his bravery and loyalty to his friends. His companions are also very easy to relate to and like. Char is the practical human who, though he is incredibly loyal to Ven, really wants nothing to do with this trek into the sea. Amariel is a boastful and proud creature who clearly loves the sea but has no illusions about its deadly day of life. “Everything is the sea is food to something else. And the sea is always hungry.”

Ven’s adventure is filled to the brim with action and wonder. Ven and his companions will encounter everything from dragons and giant sharks to deadly jellyfish and the Thief Queen. Though the story flows incredibly well, it is never really predictable and keeps readers guessing as to what will happen next. It’s an incredibly enjoyable story from start to finish, and one of those rare books where teens and parents alike can enjoy it equally. I highly recommend The Tree of Water for readers of all ages who enjoy a great adventure.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)