Cover Image: A Spell in the Forest

A Spell in the Forest

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date:

Member Reviews

I requested a review copy of A Spell in the Forest as I am a member of an online tree appreciation and photography group and hoped to learn more about local native species. I didn’t expect to read the factual knowledge to come as part of a poetic love letter to trees.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. In particular, I was blown away by the author’s explanation within the introduction of how trees communicate with one another via a network of underground fungi. This made me look at groups of trees in a whole new light.

I would have given an extra star if there had been some more tree illustrations within the book but overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have recommended it to several friends. I will be buying a couple of copies as Christmas presents.

This book is a timely and crucial reminder of how critical trees are to the wellbeing of the planet and also to us as human beings.
Was this review helpful?
This book just wasn’t for me - I wasn’t able to get into it before it expired, I feel like it might be something I’d like to revisit when I am in the mood for this genre, but as it was the book wasn’t able to capture my attention.
Was this review helpful?
A beautifully written, highly informative book about the trees of the Ogham calendar and how to connect with them on a deeper, more spiritual level. The author goes into the history and mythology of each of the trees, and the gifts each tree has to offer. She also gives guidance on how to connect with each tree personally. Over all a wonderful introduction to anyone wanting a deeper spiritual connection to the forest and individual trees.
Was this review helpful?
I loved the first section of the book, the author's connection with nature, and the trees specifically, was written so poetically and created such a visual read.

However, I became a little disconnected in the second and third sections where the topic, although still interesting, became more of a practical guide to the symbolism of the 13 trees and working with them.  This isn't something I have come across before and it was interesting but it lost me slightly as it felt like a separate book to section one.

Thank you to Netgalley & John Hunt Publishing for a copy of the ARC in return for my honest review.
Was this review helpful?
A very well-written novel. I think I will be purchasing a copy so that I can reference each tree and continue to learn on a more regular basis.
Was this review helpful?
Despite not living on the same continent as the trees that are described in the book, I was absolutely mystified by this book. It pulled me in and made me cherish deeper my connection with every tree in my life, whether in my yard or in the forest. The imagery is lovely and the poeticism is perfect! I'm so looking forward to future titles in this collection!
Was this review helpful?
A beautifully written book!  I will be purchasing a copy to be able to refer back to it month-by-month in order to become more familiar with each tree and to re-read the beautiful prose about the importance of trees.
Was this review helpful?
Honest Review in exchange for an ARC copy of this book thanks to Netgalley! All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Trees, nature, forests and woodlands are a part of the natural world and a part of the only connection we have left to that world due to the speed of man-kinds creations. This book separates itself into three parts and talks about thirteen different Celtic tree species and does so to a degree that you learn oh so much, including the mythological context, healing uses, and what they can represent. Now more than ever, we need to appreciate the nature that is around us and realise that the natural connection we once had with trees like the Ash tree is one we should be begging to have back. This book is an invigorating call to all those who hear the whispers from the trees or want to open their ears to them. Overall, a good GOOD book.
Was this review helpful?
I enjoyed this book.  It’s full of information and an amazing read.  Easy to read and a topic close to my heart.  I will read it again. Well done!
Was this review helpful?
An addition for those to working with trees or wanting to begin to connect. Overall a good book to have a look over.
Was this review helpful?
I wanted to love this one, but ultimately I found it hard to understand and the writing for me was not fully developed. 

The concept in this is great, I just think the execution was missing some fine-tuning. 

Thank you for the e-galley!
Was this review helpful?