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The story is a little treasure trove of spiritual truths that are very relatable to the average reader.
Some parts come across as cheesy or plot convenient in order to make its moral lessons more transparent or clear. It rarely directly preaches to its reader, though. Instead it relies more on its characters and their responses.
It has a lot of fun with its world building, and its artwork is fun to look at (there's extra pictures at the back). From chapter 3 onward it feels like a mix between Tolkien and CS Lewis. While Lewis had great spiritual truths for self reflection, Tolkien had a world to enter into. Allen manages to capture the spirit of both.
Five stars for young adults: good morals, good for self reflection, fun world, would like to see more from this series.
Overall, I loved this book and if my kids were old enough I would recommend it to them. As it is I will be recommending it to my brother and his kids.
I also enjoyed that for a first time author, Mr. Allen also included artwork within the book. I thought that really helped to bring to life his vision. The author kept the pace moving and really kept me interested in the story. There was enough action to keep his exploits interesting and entertaining. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and definitely recommend.
The characters Zam meets along the way, described by author Geno so creatively, makes me want to face them and befriend many of them as well.
I was surprised at my total enjoyment of this novel written by a brand new author. The mature voice with which he writes draws you right on to the path next to Zam as he battles self doubt and fears to follow the mission given to him by the great and mysterious Elyon.
I am anxious for book 2 and 3!! And for this to be made in to a movie.
It's been a few months since I finished the book and I still have these images from the book that pop into my head and cause me rethink/reimagine the event that unfolded. And there are some characters (like Galwen), who, when I think about them, gives me the same feeling that I get when I think of long time friend I've had. There's a warmth and admiration, which is crazy because it's just a character in a book, but it is what it is :)
I wonder how long these images will stay with me. Some books I put down and don't think of again, but others have these metaphors that stalk me. I have a feeling that this book is of the latter.
One of things I miss now-a-days are virtuous characters. I'm not just talking about good people, but something more than good. Jimmy Stewart made an impression on me growing up because a lot of the people he portrayed were simple people with strong values (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Harvey, It's a wonderful life). I liked reading about Zam because he's someone I could look up to....someone I could respect....someone who is pure and good. I guess I'm partial to stories where you put that type of person in a dark world....not just to see how he responds, but how the world does too.
Can't wait to read book 2.