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The Journey (The Adventures of Jecosan Tarres, #1) by [Lond, Laura]
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"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
  • Publication Date: December 28, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HILRLM
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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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By A Customer on January 13, 2004
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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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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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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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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 good and the story is well thought out. I can't say enough positive about it.

Also, I got this in kindle format and there doesn't seem to be typos and other such annoyances in the manuscript - that's a huge plus in my book.
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I did like reading this book and I would probably read more by this author. This book ended during one part of an adventure, so it is obvious it was designed to be a series in order to get the complete picture.

The story reads like a fantasy novel, it is set in another time and place with primitive means of travel, yet there is no magic per say. There are encounters with heavenly beings that assist the main character and provide some supernatural element, but it is the power of God helping the character, not some magical source. I would be interested to continue reading about the outcome of Jecosan's journey.
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Author Laura Lond's book The Journey is a sweet story that centers in the beginning around a boy (Jeco) and his dog (Gart). I like to see pets incorporated into stories when it's done right, and in this case, it is. As a reader you get a read sense of what the dog means to the boy, and that is heartwarming.

One of the other things she does well with this book is when she describes the settings and the surroundings. In her author profile I read that she has a BA of Arts degree in history, and I would suspect this was beneficial to her as she wrote the different scenes. Once of my favorite lines in the story is:

"Jeco lifted his head and saw that he was lying in the soft grass of a forest clearing, under a nutwood bush, its leaves beautifully lit with sunbeams."

The book is filled with these types of passages, and I found it to be both charming and heartwarming.

-Cheryl Bradshaw, Author
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