Of course, as is the case for all these so-called YA novels, this young man is mature far beyond his years. The heroine of the book is an 8-year-old princess—right! As is often the case, as a mature man of three score and ten, it is jarring to hear the young man in the story (who I’ve come to know so well) is actually 12 years old. I understand the reasoning behind it, and the marketing benefits. But this story will please you if you’re anywhere in the age spectrum of 12-90.
BTW: Authors! Jecosan doesn’t look anything like that boy on the cover. Trust me! I think it’s really a problem to put an imagine on the cover which will inevitably clash with the vision in the reader’s interior. Thankfully, I started reading before I noticed the full-lipped petulance and stylish do of the boy on the cover.
The story is familiar, the characters are not
This is a tale of character development. The men in the book are inspiring. There are really few women other than the very young princess. But, she’s a joy to watch also. I don’t want to give any spoilers.
The main thing is simple: even though this is not a Christian book, the spirituality of the world created is truth to the reality we know—with the exception of a savior. The stunning thing is that people are transformed by their acceptance of the Light. Their walk is quite close to what I expect of myself.
Unlike many Christian fantasy works, there is excitement, tension, danger, and overpowering evil. When I finished The Journey, I immediately bought The Palace. When I finished that I had no choice but to get The Battle. I recommend you purchase the omnibus version containing all three books. The amazing thing, in this day and age, is that wisdom and strength of character are rewarded, expected, even demanded. Try to imagine this in America today.
After all my ranting and raving, how can I so enthusiastically endorse a non-Christian reality? That can be simply answered. What matters to me is that characters have a “real” relationship with God. That would seem to be difficult in a world where there is no person of God. In fact, in Jecosan’s world, there is no church. OMG!!! However, the book is about the characters’ personal reactions to the Lord, referred to as The Light. I’m very fussy and demanding about these things and Ms. Lond wrote a book which satisfied my spiritual hunger for truth. What else can I say?