Gifted with tree magic, sixteen-year-old Cor learns that the largest pines in the UK still grow on a hidden island—and are endangered. He wants to live there and help, but the trees’ elderly caretaker refuses to train a smooth-talking city boy. To also come out as gay to anyone there would be bloody foolish.
Without him...they will die.
When an opportunity to visit this magical forest arrives, he grabs it, entangling novice witch Fern in his quest. Their mistakes anger the island’s elders and foul up her relationship with her boyfriend. It’s only after an island boy befriends him that Cor confronts the challenge of the massive pines—and his more powerful feelings for Oyster. If Cor wants to save the Pines and not lose Oyster, he will have to do something he’s never done—let Oyster and the others see who he really is.
GUARDIAN OF THE PINES joins new wizards with old friends as a generation of magic-wielders restores its connections to nature and community.
Book 2 of The Windborne Series can be read also as a standalone.