Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
“No, my child, I am Simeon, the Appointed One. I remain in this place for a season. As I am appointed, I appoint others. I am Syntee to my messengers, and to the ones who obey my word. Bea and Sammie are the messengers who will go with you to Grandfather Moutyn,” Nancy Janes writes in her short novel, The Boy Who Walked A Way.
At two hundred and forty pages, this fantasy fiction is mainly targeted toward middle-aged children and older and could easily be read as a bedtime story for younger ones. With no profanity, sex, or violence, there is an inconsistent use of capitalized pronouns of Deity that may confuse some readers. This story could be construed as an allegory of God’s protection during the tragedies of life.
It is the year of 2162 and ten year old Jal Valyhn is lonely and scared. When his father and mother are dispatched for duty during the war and he is in the care of Uncle Joulh, a week goes by that his uncle does not come home to him.
When he wakes one morning under a willow tree by a stream, he is captivated by the unseen voice of Syntee telling him to go to his grandfather’s house in an unknown land. With the help of the fun, pestering butterfly, Bea, and Sammie, a fastidious widowed swan, Jal starts on the seven-day path to find his old relative.
Guided by the two companions, inquisitive Jal learns about going to the Beautiful Land owned by the Owner King. He meets a plethora of characters and hears about the escaped icy Kulkus, the Dazidazlers, and Dilydalys, along with the peace-loving Nyevyns and the aggressive exiled Worlings with the four Guardians.
Through each day’s visit to a new guest house, more individuals are introduced to the young boy while Bea and Sammie explain their mostly-troubled pasts and the help, mercy, and grace from the Owner, Syntee, and Eli, a golden giant who is the chief messenger.
With each meal eaten, clothing worn, and lodging described along with the residents’ stories, Jal makes it his quest to arrive at his grandfather’s house, hoping his parents will soon follow. Underlying lessons of making wrong life choices with stories of being thankful, helping others, and learning self-control help move this fanciful tome along.
This book was furnished by CWA Review Crew in lieu of an unbiased review.