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Through the Dark Wood (Treasures of Darkness - Treasures of Light) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 20, 2013
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About the Author
February, 1975: Geno Allen was born in a small-town hospital in a rural community in Oregon under extraordinary circumstances. The doctor's expected neither he or his mother would survive. In a moment that was later described as "miraculous", both came through unscathed. Geno spent his childhood years on a small farm nestled beside a little river in a tiny valley. It was an idyllic place to inspire imagination. Any number of days his artist mother would keep him home from school for some "quality time" (which usually involved working on art projects or listening to her spin yarns about children living in the sea, or fairy's, or everyday animals doing uncharacteristic things). Geno credit's his gift of story to those times with his mother. At 21 he decided to sit down and write the story he had in mind for years. He wrote four pages and that's where it sat until 2006. When asked about the ten year gap he said, "I'd just written something better than I ever had. I felt it had the potential to be profound. And, I had no idea what to write next or how to write dialogue for a novel. So, I let my inexperience in life scare me into putting it on a shelf." December, 2006 he began again. The years between 2006 & 2012 carried a number of challenges and rewards and little time to write. One of his deep desires is to see his books take off, affording him more time to write. Regarding why he chose to write a series, Geno said, "I didn't really decide. The story decided for me. Back in 2006, I thought this book'll be 285 pages tops... give or take a few. When I hit 578 pages and saw I was finally near the middle point... that's when I realized I was writing a series." November 26th, 2012: Geno published Treasures of Darkness - Treasures of Light, Book One: Through the Dark Wood. When asked to sum himself up, Geno shook his head and said, "How to sum up me? I love helping people when I can. I love to make people think and probably more to make them laugh. I'm always hoping to help people understand how valuable they are. I didn't always understand that about myself and it produced some pretty dark times. I'm a pretty serious person--not that I'm pretty, just pretty serious--wrapped in an exterior that often behaves a little goofy. (Here he smirked) Or... a lot goofy. Like both my parents--and possibly the Transformers--there's more to me than meets the eye." Sum it up in one sentence. He raised an eyebrow and smirked again. "I'm a character."
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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.