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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
The Power of the Crystalline Trees by G. C. Ramirez is a bright and shining young adult fantasy epic. It's about a reluctant hero named Lan who embarks on an odyssey of finding himself and discovers goals that are bigger than himself. The character of Asira is intriguing in her own right, and the themes reach far beyond just the mechanics of good storytelling. There is a plot that is entertaining and interesting, but it's about the possibilities that could happen in the near future if the world doesn't take better care of itself. There are selfless ideals here and may remind you of the original TV series Star Trek with its focus on humanity, fairness, and survival above all else.
I really like the way Ramirez crafted the character of Lan not to be the blustery, overly confident hero we've come to recognize. He is unsure of his abilities and has room to grow. He has to grow if he's going to somehow save the world. The author shows us his growth through great characterization, plot, interaction with other characters, the conflict he faces, and the choices he makes. He's really unaware of his talents, and that makes for a fresh character trait. I like the relationships he has with others (especially Boosha). Including nature, trees, and animals was an important choice that added so much to the story and characters. The strength that the characters find in themselves and one another is powerful, and a lesson for readers of all ages. The message of hope is also a nice touch, as some novels neglect it. For an engaging, suspenseful journey, come along with Lan in The Power of the Crystalline Trees by G. G. Ramirez and try to save the world with him.