How would you feel when you were a boy of sixteen and would find yourself responsible for your sick little sister and glum twin sisters, raging in their puberty? In an unspeakable country? In a mountainous landscape, ridden by storm and rain, no telecommunication? No train, no car? No Dad? Yet they were called upon and arrived at the right spot. Called by a forest. A dying forest. Not foreseen was the sudden absence of the father, nor the bad weather. Their almost fatal nightly ride through deserted mountains, the landslide, the doctors in the hospital… it were all necessary contributions to the saving of a magical wood. Elfswood. The four children discover who they are and why they are doing what they are doing. They happen to become the primal cause of a chain of events with no end. They fall in love, they are more brave than they could imagine, they become part of an ever expanding circle of sincere people. Young and old. The magic events that continue to happen are actually the results of growing consciousness and making choices. Not only of the human participants; many elemental beings and guardian spirits experience changes that overturn all their former beliefs. The greatest miracle of all is the materializing of a Deva. This guardian spirit of the Willow is endorsed in its female aspects by the love for a human: Michael. The Deva manifests as female, an elfin girl; she and the human boy become lovers. The saving of Elfswood means struggle; combatting strong evil of human and non-human origin, of corruption, extortion, greed and malice. As so the saving is an example of how people can move mountains when they unite in good spirit.
Ewout Storm van Leeuwen (1947), writing books since 1996, describes the conciousness of nature in this epic thriller as strong forces, that seek cooperation with humans. To save the world. Elfswood might be read as Fantasy; his latest book The beautiful reset (NL and ENG) contains thorough economic analyses and innovations.