Hallo, Hallo dear hearts!
Between hosting the “Tree Magic” blog tour and shifting into the “Tree Slayer” blog tour – I must confess, I’ve had a personal tragic loss of trees recently which has definitely affected my heart and my spirit. So much so, it left me feeling quite undone and under the weather as for the past five years I’ve enjoyed the sentry, the presence and the calming shade of wonderfully alive cedar trees which were recently butchered and murdered by a city who doesn’t know how to reverse course on designs which are not conducive to natural habitats.
I never knew they were going to take out these majestic giants of old until the day they removed them – the firece battle of will outside was enough to make anyone shudder as those trees fought to survive and to live. It has been quite the wrecking experience for me which is why I wrote a *thread about this on Twitter.
It has consumed my attention lately and despite my plans to read the opening pages of “Tree Magic” before the start of this lovely sequel’s blog tour – my heart and mind have been dearly distracted. Thereby, I need a bit of time to heal from the loss of my cedars before I can dip my toes into this series as fundementally this series is closely tied to the fate of trees and to the spirit which lies within all trees – how trees can communicate with each other and how they can quake with emotions as spoken about on this interview.
For those who missed my spotlight for “Tree Magic”
here is what I shared on the novel and series behalf:
I could immediately connect with the premise with this novel which is why I am trying to seek out a copy of this in print through my local library – there is something quite magical about how trees are the guardians within the natural habitats we visit whilst hiking or walking in natural landscapes; they know things and they remember everything. This is partially why it is soul-crushing whenever there are huge wildfire seasons like the ones that are affecting the Western United States right now and/or the fires in Australia at the turning of the New Year. Nature grieves for the losses those fires bring to those habitats but I oft felt the trees especially are full of the grief of what could not be protected and what fell at their feet due to how the forests have not been able to withstand fire as they had in the past. I still remember hearing about the old growth forests of the Redwoods recently and of how achingly hard it was to see them aflame.
I have regularly spoken about the natural world on Jorie Loves A Story – from the stories I am reading to the context of the stories which seek to bring an ecological mindset and heart for conservation onto my blog because I believe strongly those stories are necessary for today’s world. Not just due to the climatic changes we’re all experiencing but to help re-connect readers with the knowledge about the natural ecosystems they might overlook and not be as familiar with as I have become myself. Knowledge is the first step towards change and to remain connected to the connectivity of how the natural world and our world intersect is one step closer to finding better balance in how to keep Earth a healthier place.
Today, I am wicked thankful I can bring this conversation to the blog tour as the author and I discussed the elements of her story and series inasmuch as her writerly approach to telling it. If you love fantastical stories featuring Magical Realism plots and the curious connections between nature and humans, I think this might be a good fit for you as a reader as I feel it is for myself.
Subtitle: Tree Magic Book Two
by Harriet Springbett
Nine months after the events of Tree Magic, Rainbow is struggling to come to terms with how she’s changed. Her bond with trees has grown, but now they’re under threat from the Tree Slayer.
To save them, she’ll need to leave everything she knows and loves. It will be her greatest adventure yet – but she cannot succeed alone.
She’ll have to enlist the help of Eole, an enigmatic scientist and sceptic.
Does Rainbow have what it takes to face the Tree Slayer? And can she trust Eole, who has powers of his own?
Places to find the book:
Also by this author: Tree Magic
Also in this series: Tree Magic
Published by Impress Books
on 1st November, 2019
Available Formats: Trade Paperback and Ebook
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