The Flesh of Trees by Kath Middleton
5/5 stars. Beautifully crafted and populated with believable characters you root for.
“Don’t play in the Green Wood. Children disappear in there!”
All her life, twelve year-old Sylvie Hummel has heard these words, but still she disobeys her parents and enters the Green Wood. Now she knows what happened to the missing children.
Let in on the secret, her cousin Erik also falls under the spell of the forbidden wood. But soon a ruthless forest owner shatters the cousins’ lives, and when he threatens to fell the trees in the Green Wood, he discovers what Sylvie and Erik have long known: these trees have their own protection.
I enjoy reading something different and this story is like an old fashioned fairy tale with a modern environmental message about the dangers of corporate greed. Told mainly through the eyes of Sylvie Hummel, a child with a natural curiosity and sympathy for the trees in the Green Wood, this is a story about community and camaraderie.
When threatened by the increasing demands of the corporate giant, a logging company that employs most of the village, the workers struggle to resist. The children look on helplessly as events spiral out of control when the logging company imposes its will on the workers.
But when the company sets its sights on moving beyond its own pine forests into the Green Wood, the stage is set for battle.
This is a fairy tale with teeth – a story that will make you laugh, cry and cheer in equal quantities. It’s good battling evil, heroes against villains in a conflict with high stakes, all beautifully crafted and populated with believable characters you root for.
This is a simple tale that warns us of the dangers of fighting nature and the environment. All living objects have a purpose and soul and we should learn to live in harmony with them or suffer the consequences.
My thanks to the author for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.