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  • 03/2013
  • 9781479139071 www.amazon.com/dp/B00BZZC188
  • 236 pages
  • $12.99
Nancy Janes
Author
The Boy Who Walked a Way
Nancy Janes, author

Children/Young Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

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 a century and a half has fallen. Alone and helpless he has an encounter with an invisible being that leads to a seven days 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. The Boy Who Walked a Way is a touching literary fantasy novel by Nancy Janes about the true power of belief. Representing the child inside all of us that neither age nor time can eradicate, young Jal is a perfect personification to the untainted and wholehearted faith and belief in miracles that the innocence of childhood provides. With Bea and Sammie as correlating characters who impact Jal’s present and future, the two companions teach him the importance of using his troubles as an asset in developing a sense of mastery over his circumstances and in turn give readers a glimpse into the importance of trust in yourself and the personal conquering of adversity. With a deep and gentle meaning that is born of violent circumstances, The Boy Who Walked a Way is a rare young adult novel that appeals to both genders equally. Though born of Christian roots, this profound story is a perfect fit for readers of all backgrounds and faiths that truly inspires with its touching journey of self-discovery, belief, and personal mastery. With a rich and detailed world that has descended into out-of-control chaos, this grand novel is an epic, touching fantasy that will inspire and entertain for years to come.
Reviews
Arky, April 17, 2015 Amazon

I read another book by Nancy James that was absolutely fantastic! Her writing style is so futuristic and very exciting, so I decided to give The Boy Who Walked Away a try. This book had me from the very first page and I found it very difficult to put down. I loved how the book took me to unexpected places and encouraged my mind to think about new things. The entire book was interesting and I loved all parts of it.

The book is set in the future and is about Jal Valhyn and his country is going through war. He meets an invisible being and goes on a 7 day journey. Jal is trying to seek peace and wants to bring it to his country. On his journey he meets new people and friends. This brings him to the conclusion that each day is new and that he needs to fight for what he believes in. I found Jal to be an inspiration. For someone so young, he really understands life's concepts. I was impressed by how ambitious he was and what he was willing to do to bring peace to his country.

I felt as though this book brought out the young child in me and helped me to remember my childhood days. I feel that everyone who reads this book would be able to connect to Jal and his journey. It was very special and impressive after everything he went through to see how much he cared about the needs of others. I would honestly recommend this book to anyone! This author has given us another classic novel that is a true gem.

Ea Fow, June 26, 2014. Amazon

Nancy Janes’ young adult novel begins with an interesting prologue: future Earth had been wracked by war then saved by the countries coming together in a peaceful confederation. Unfortunately, however, human nature rears its ugly head when various of the countries break away (for power and parochial reasons) and eventually the world descends into war and chaos again. This is the world our young protagonist Jal lives in. His parents have been called into military service, and he is left to basically fend for himself. He decides to journey away from the city and life he has known to find his grandfather, and that quest is both literal and metaphysical. As he walks, he meets up with and is aided by two spiritual (imaginary) guides, and they encounter all kinds of things along the way.
Overall, it’s a great idea, and Jal’s innocence and hopefulness stands in contrast to the disintegrating world and seemingly hopeless nature of constantly warring humanity. The writing is vivid, but my one issue with the book is the odd attention paid to banal detail. Sometimes the details are super important for symbolic reasons, but the over description of meals kept jarring me. Perhaps the author was establishing Jal’s reality (in contrast to the spiritual world), but I found it problematic. However, not enough to stop The Boy Who Walked A Way from being a four star book, and one I know my daughter will enjoy when she’s a little older. (She’s 6 now, but I can see this working for her when she’s 9 or 10 or up from there.)

 

Readers Favorite, Kathryn Bennet


He Jal) really does take a journey of faith when he decides to go away on that walk. Don't we all have those moments especially with how things go in today's society where we would like to do the same? I think no matter where your core values are based this book will appeal to you on a faith level. Nancy Janes created a story that is both complex and simple and interesting.
I would recommend this book to adults and young adults who like to think while they read and enjoy a good story.  Kathryn Bennet -Readers' Favorite

 

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 03/2013
  • 9781479139071 www.amazon.com/dp/B00BZZC188
  • 236 pages
  • $12.99

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