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The Journey (The Adventures of Jecosan Tarres, #1) [Kindle Edition]

Laura Lond
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Book Description

His father killed in war before he was three, his mother unexpectedly dying when he was eight, Jecosan Tarres is young and poor, yet he has something not many men have: a faithful heart, a strong spirit, and the knowledge of truth taught to him by his mother and Priest Shaledan. Alone for a year, but later befriended by Dalian the blacksmith, he has already beaten the odds of being destitute and forgotten, but clearly something or someone is at work in his life. With his faithful dog Gart and his friend Dalian, he sets out on a life defining journey after a messenger visits him with a commission to go to Kanavar, the ancient capital of Meoria, where he is to enter the king's service and somehow prevent the war that is about to break out in his country. There are powerful forces interested in his journey, both to fail and succeed. Join young Jecosan as he struggles along, escaping sudden traps, facing prison and captivity, fighting pain and despair, losing and making friends.

The Journey is approximately 60,000 words (192 pages in the printed edition).

Editorial Reviews


"Superbly written novel which is suitable for readers as young as ten, yet deliberately written to appeal to all ages." -- Midwest Book Review, July 2003

"The premise of the story is intriguing, and the writing shows the author's high level of skill." -- Writer's Digest

From the Author

I have made it a point to uplift strong moral values, and to show that having clear ethical standards does matter. I believe it is very important in our time of moral relativism when good and evil are almost blended together, and there is a quick excuse and justification for almost everything. I remember reading old classics where such concepts as "honor" and "duty" meant the world, and it went without saying that the hero wouldn't lie, or that the heroine would rather live the rest of her life alone and in poverty than marry a rich man she did not love. You just wanted to hold your head up after reading those stories; you admired those people and wanted to be like them. I have tried to bring this back in my book.

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  • File Size: 543 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
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  • Language: English
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Edifying-What More Could You Want! March 2, 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Why would you want to read "The Adventures of Jecosan Tarres" yourself? Because it is full of happy times, suspense, noble sacrifice, heart-thrilling beauty, dramatic rescues, bad guys that get their just deserts, and good guys sticking to their principles against all costs-which brings to them a satisfying reward. Reading this thoroughly enjoyable story will change you, if you let it. It illustrates the basic principles of integrity, honesty, loyalty, and reaping what you sow. After finishing Book #2, I found myself comparing different aspects of the plot to my own life. By experiencing the story I was encouraged to improve myself and my own disciplines. I usually don't read a book again until several years have passed, but within a week after finishing the first two, I gathered my kids together and we have started at the beginning, reading "The Adventures" aloud and discussing its analogies.

All three books will need to be purchased to finish the story, so be prepared for the agony of an unfinished high-point if in your eagerness to dive into this pleasurable tale you begin reading without the final edition in your possession.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Adventures of Jecosan Tarres January 13, 2004
By A Customer
Jecosan, a young blacksmith's apprentice, lives a quiet and peaceful life in his home village of Chegmer. His days are filled with work and wandering in the forest, looking for mushrooms and berries. Yet when something unusual begins to happen, Jecosan is prepared: he knows that everyone has a calling, and the time has come for him to receive his.
Thus begins the story of Jecosan, and it will keep you turning the pages. The boy's faithful heart and firm determination to do what is commissioned to him is admirable. He seems to be going through one trial after another - and he is not made of stone, he does get hurt and does cry - but he won't give up.
Other characters are also very enjoyable. Each one has a story, and touches you in his own way. One of my favorites is Lord Agassar, a noble old man who finds enough strength of character to do what is right and help Jecosan despite his own personal loss.
I highly recommend this book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute Christian Children's Fantasy February 20, 2011
By Rachel
The Journey is a sweet little children's fantasy for Christian readers. It begins the journey of Jecosan Tarres, an orphan boy who has managed to conserve a deep faith in God despite a life of adversity. Jeco gets a message from God telling him to take a dangerous journey to the king's palace--a quest that his friend and caretaker Dalian does not approve of, but accepts because of Jeco's stubbornness. Although Lond's writing style in The Journey is not as mature as it is in her more recent (and adorable) book My Sparkling Misfortune, she has created two loveable human characters and one very lovable canine character. I am eager to see how these characters develop in the next two books and to see where Jeco's mission will lead.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superbly written novel with strong moral values July 19, 2003
The first volume of a trilogy, The Adventures Of Jecosan Tarres, Book 1: The Journey by Laura Lond is a superbly written novel with strong moral values which is suitable for readers as young as ten, yet deliberately written to appeal to readers of all ages. Following the life of a young man orphaned at the age of eight, and his struggles to enter the king's service and help prevent war breaking out in his country, The Adventures of Jecosan Tarres brings to life fantastic settings and crucial problems along with the travails of growing up and coming of age.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic coming of age fantasy November 8, 2006
By the time Jecosan "Jeco" Tarres turns eight, he is an orphan, but remains strong because his mother and the priest Shaledan taught him well and to believe that ever person serves a purpose. He gets on though not easily for about a year until blacksmith Dalian Veligor and his mother befriend him like a kind uncle and grandma; give him a job as an apprentice at the smithy; and a place for him and his canine companion Gart to stay.

An Elgur messenger of the heavens arrives with an assignment for Jeco to journey to the capital of Meoria, Kanavar, in order to prevent a war from occurring. Jeco accepts the task though he fears he is not capable of achieving the goal. Still he knows he will do his best and more as he, accompanied by his friend Dalian, begins the trek with enemies everywhere trying to stop him from completing his mission and allies helping him; the problem is outside of Dalian it is impossible to tell friend from foe.

This opening gamut of The Adventures of Jecosan Tarres is a fantastic coming of age fantasy starring a young hero who believes in himself and his cause. The support cast especially the ethical Dalian enables the reader to better understand Jeco as he accepts his impossible quest with some doubts that he will not allow to incapacitate him. THE JOURNEY is dangerous with some factions wanting the youngster dead, but in spite of harrowing experiences, he bravely continues his trek. Fans of all ages will root for Jeco who makes this a stirring character driven thriller that will send fans seeking the continuation of his adventures (see THE PALACE).

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gimme Part 2! January 26, 2012
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I almost passed by this book thinking it was just a kid's fantasy, then I noticed it was written by Laura Lond, and I just had to get it. I am so glad I did--great story, great characters, great allegory, great lessons, one truly great little read. What a difference it makes to realize that obeying God's will not only means seeking a certain outcome but seeking it according to God's ways in God's time. I just adored Jeco and Dalian, both truly good-hearts, but having a heart for the Lord of Heaven gives Jeco a wise-heart as well. This would be such a wonderful story to read to kids and discuss the difference faith and trust made in our noble heroes' values and choices. There were lovable heroes, truly evil villains, but the majority of people just huddled somewhere in between concerned mainly with protecting their own hides, another life lesson about how life is diminished by keeping it luke-warm. Immediately upon finishing, I ordered the next two books. Thank goodness Kindle books arrive instantly because I couldn't wait!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
I know that this book was a young adult book, but I wanted an easy read. I found this book was a great, adventurous read. Very good!!!!!!
Published 5 months ago by Dee's Kindle review
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Still reading but so far I like it.
Published 7 months ago by ChristyW
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
Well developed characters, good storey, good hook - I had to purchase the other two to see what unfolded!
Published 8 months ago by VickyD
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I am buying rest of series is great read
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great thoughtful fun read
A great thoughtful fun read. A great adventure fantasy. I loved it, and continued the series by buying the whole trilogy. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventures!
This was an inspiring story of a young man chosen for a special mission. He embarks on a journey and stays true to his faith. Good story that continues in a series. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Deanna Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
I'm not sure how I stumbled onto this series, or this author, but I can say that I'd recommend it. The writing style and character development is great, the setting development is... Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. Fleming
2.0 out of 5 stars Dont' bother
This was ok. Story wandered and came back again.
Definately an easy read, not much to it. I would not read again
Published 17 months ago by reader1
3.0 out of 5 stars Has potential
This writing seems to drop you in some places. The author has an interesting story line but the writing does not always carry the reader and occasionally leaves you feeling hollow... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The Journey - Fun Reading
I found this story to be compelling enough to keep me up later than I like, and I like that in a good story.
Published 18 months ago by David Bonnell
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More About the Author

Laura Lond is an internationally published author of several novels and a collection of short stories. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. Having worked for 2 years at a literary museum, Laura entered the world of business, working for large international corporations like Xerox Ltd. and Fluor Daniel. After moving from Europe to the United States, she has been self-employed as a freelancer.

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