Saturday, September 7, 2019

"The Boy Who Walked A Way" by Nancy Janes

ISBN: 9781479139071 | List Price: $12.98 |Format: Softcover | Page Count: 240

In the year 2162, a young boy named Jal Valhyn is caught in a maelstrom of violence and conflict. His country is at war and the world government based on humanistic principles that had fulfilled its promise of a halcyon peace for over a century has fallen. Alone and helpless, he has an encounter with an invisible being that leads to a seven-day journey. With his two appointed companions he sets out for a safe haven far from the world of danger and turmoil. Each day's trek brings the gift of new friendships and a growing awareness that life has dimensions grounded in more than the material. He intuitively understands the faith that sustains the inhabitants of an enduring peaceable kingdom.

About Nancy Janes

Nancy Janes lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with her husband Richard. After retiring from a career in psychiatric social work she returned to writing full time. She writes sc-fic/fantasy, and short stories in the Americana vein. Aside from writing she gets engrossed in various subjects, which includes early american history, early church history, and mysteries for a change of pace. You will find her on social media, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn after mundane chores are completed, and those often include a charred dinner for her husband.

She has written two books loosely based on each other. The Boy Who Walked A Way published in 2013 and Night Rumbles published 2015.

The Boy Who Walked A Way won an Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree award November 2015.

I really wanted to like "The Boy Who Walked A Way" by Nancy Janes by I have to stay I really didn't like it. I actually feel pain at giving this book two stars because I know authors really work hard at writing the stories.  I think the journey was just too long and then when Jal Valhyn get to the end of the journey, his parents and uncle still isn't there, and throughout the story, he is told they would be.

This story just didn't seem reliable to me even if it is a fantasy. I mean, I can't imagine leaving a 10 year old boy alone even if a war is going on, unless the parents are killed, and that is not the case in this story.

This book just has too many stories about too many characters and the reader doesn't really have a chance to know any of them.

I have read some of the other reviews and they mention that it is easy to see the Christian roots in the story. The main character, Jal learns about faith, hope, trust and love. It also tells how we need others to walk with us during hard times, and how to be resilient during unexpected change. I agreed with the statement that Jal does learn these three things but if a reader doesn't have a deep understanding of Biblical truth, I don't think they would understand the similarities. 
I was given a complimentary copy by there CWA and these opinions are my own.

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