Book One in the Heartwood Series
In the Adirondack Mountains the forests are dying by the hand of a demon whose only purpose is the destruction of the natural world.
Within the high peaks of the Adirondacks a magical edifice, Heartwood, appears yet remains hidden from the world. Inhabited by the descendants of an ancient race who have been protecting the natural world since the beginning of their existence, they will wait for the next true Xylem who is the only one powerful enough to fight the demon.
The battle will soon begin.
Heartwood weaves legend into reality as the world’s ecosystem is threatened by supernatural demons. Elathea is a typical teenager whose parents can no longer keep the family secret from her—that she is a descendant of an ancient race of women whose legend says only one progeny every hundred years or more will have the powers needed to face nature’s magical enemies. As her powers begin to emerge, they can no longer deny her destiny. They send her to Heartwood to learn about who she is and what she must do. Only
Ela doesn’t want the job.
Sometimes, you don’t have a choice.
Guardians, Rangers, and Parents-- all play a part in this story.
We begin with the life of the new Xylem that is beginning.
Ahhhhhh, what is a Xylem you ask? Well, its a journey the maturing of a healer, and the maturing of a woman-child. It can also be the Heart and circulatory system of the inner trees. So much to learn, so much to do before we can complete our Destiny. She would encounter many hard lessons, deal with loss, -- usually not for anyone so young, but she would fight, challenge, and survive. But will her work ever be over? We will see..
This was an excellent read. I plan on reading more from this fine writer"