Ever since his parents died when he was a
young boy, Andreas has lived with the Brothers in a cold stone
monastery. Although they treat him with disdain and often
abuse him, he has no place else to go. Then one day he hears
a strange voice talking to him that no one else can hear.
Will he finally have a chance to escape his unhappy life?
Forest Over Stone is an
unusual read. Andreasí life is miserable at first, and
reading about the Brothersí abuse was difficult. I really
wanted him to find a way out. The mysterious voice he hears,
which turns out to be Arden, a forest spirit, seemed to be the
perfect escape. Unfortunately, Arden isnít as well
fleshed-out as Andreas. None of the secondary characters are,
with the exception of the cook that befriended Andreas. I
also had problems believing that Andreas would get over the
abuse heíd endured so quickly. Still, this is an interesting
and atmospheric tale, unlike anything else Iíve read.