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.
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 corporations like Xerox Ltd. and Fluor Daniel. After moving from Europe to the United States, she has been self-employed as a freelancer.
Guest Review by Alida of Blackpurl's Knitpickings
I truly enjoyed reading this book. It was great for an escape and for a lesson in values. The main character, Jeco, has a depth of character that I loved. It was forged from his trials in life, the pain of loss and from his faith in the Light. Even as a small child Jeco was different.
“Well, my memories are clearer than yours,” Shaledan said, looking serious. “I asked you whether you wanted to become a king. You started thinking, and just that alone had told me a lot about you.
Most little children would reply without thinking. Jeco was not most kids. He is the kind of person who remains strong and faithful to his beliefs without being disrespectful. Jeco is blessed with a caregiver, Dalian, who does not share his values but out of kindheartedness takes him in, gives him a home and a family. Along the way he gains a faithful companion, a dog, Gart. The way their relationship is portrayed is so precious... it made me long for that type of connection with a pet.
I came away from the story knowing that the heavens do not choose those who cannot make it. We are all affected by those who play a part in the story of our lives. And we cannot fulfill our destiny without divine intervention. I am ready to read the next two installments. This book is perfect for the young adults out there who enjoy great storytelling.
Thanks so much to Laura Lond for providing Alida with a free ebook to review. Thanks to Alida for guest reviewing!!