Kid’s Book Review: The Treekeepers

Kid’s Book Review: The Treekeepers

About the Book and Author

From bestselling fantasy writer Kieren Larwood The Treekeepers is the first book in  a brand new series published by Faber & Faber described as ‘an epic tale of trees of power and a world under threat’.

Liska lives in Arborven, a city surrounding an extraordinary tree that gives all those living there special powers.



The Treekeepers cover
Kieran Larwood

Kieran Larwood has loved fantasy stories since reading The Hobbit. He used to work as a teacher and but he now writes full-time although, if anybody was watching, they might think he just daydreams a lot!

Another reader on our panel reviewed Akiko’s favourite story by this author, Uki and the Ghostburrow.

Book Review

I loved the book so much that I read it over and over again

I was so excited to get a new Kieran Larwood book!

I liked the main character, Liska because she is a resilient, hardworking girl who always tries to protect her friends and family. Elowen, one of Liska’s faithful companions, is my favourite character because she is really powerful and yet humble. Fishbone, Liska’s other friend, is resilient and always picks himself up. I didn’t like Noxis because he was evil and unforgiving and wanted to rule the world.

The book has an adventurous and captivating plot-line that is suspenseful. There aren’t huge descriptions, but it lures you in with enough detail that you know what is going on and why.

I liked the fact that the book is based in a variety of different places with lots of travel between them. There were some exciting places yet there were some scary places too. My favourite was Liska’s home city which is full of excitement and experiences.

The opening paragraph is very engaging and descriptive, but a lot is said at once, so can be hard to understand. The ending is very peaceful and fulfilling. Its like a happiness that you never want to end.

There are a couple of messages told by the story: don’t get obsessed with something or it might pay you back in the end; and friendship is one of the most important things.

I think this book would be attractive to both boys and girls who are good readers, aged around 9 – 11 and love fantasy stories. I would say that this book is aimed at a bit younger readers than Kieran Larwood’s other stories. I loved the book so much that I read it over and over again.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Akiko
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: Books, Pokemon and Karate
  • Dislikes: Gravy and unexpected noises
  • Favourite Book: Uki and the Ghost Burrow by Kieren Larwood
  • Favourite Film: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azcaban
  • Favourite Song: Sigrid, Bring Me the Horizon by Bad Life