The Boy Who Walked A Way

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Synopsis

In the year 2162, a young boy named Jal Valhyn is caught in a maelstrom of violence and conflict.

His country is at war and the world government based on humanistic principles that had fulfilled its promise of a halcyon peace for over a century has fallen.

Alone and helpless he has an encounter with an invisible being that leads to a seven days journey.

With his two appointed companions he sets out for a safe haven far from the world of danger and turmoil.

Each day’s trek brings the gift of new friendships and a growing awareness that life has dimensions grounded in more than the material.

He intuitively grasps the faith that sustains the inhabitants of an enduring peaceable kingdom.

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Read the reviews at:

  • Goodreads: 5* – “The Boy Who Walked Away by author Nancy Janes is a delightful and inspiring fantasy novel about a young boy and his discovery of the power of the faith and belief that lies within. It was the year 2162, the world was in chaos and his country was at war. Surrounded by violence and conflict, Jal Valhyn is completely alone. He has lost everything, including his dear loved ones. But not to worry, he has a visitation by two invisible beings and sets off on a seven-days journey to another place. A place where there is peace and happiness. On this journey, each day is a discovery of life lessons and new friendships. The boy quickly learns that there is so much more to life than what we can see with our eyes. He learns to trust in mastering his own inner-self and not being dictated to by life’s ever flowing ebb and flow. He discovers the power of reliance on inner trust and the power of believing. This is a touching story of a boy on a journey; that all can relate to, for we all have our own journeys to conquer. Epically written and filled with grand detail into the chaotic world the boy escaped from, this novel comes from the author’s love of literary work that expresses the divine, lovely and sometimes chaotic experience of all walks of life. With the use of descriptive imagery and dialogue, the reader will be pulled in and will want to know what happens next. This is a deeply touching novel that will touch the innocent child in all of us and encourage us to keep our faith whatever life circumstances may bring.”
  • Amazon.com including: 5* – “”The Boy Who Walked A Way” is a delightful and inspiring tale of a journey (We’re all on some kind of a journey!) that echoes a tradition in the history of literature from the beginning of story-telling down to the contemporary practice of fiction writing, of which this book is a splendid example. (No use getting into a debate about all the categories and conventions of story telling.) Often in this kind of story the hero(s) and his companions, like Jal and his friends, strike out, from a background of violence, on an adventure filled with experiences that produce a wisdom to better manage the vicissitudes of life. Thus The Boy Who Walked A Way is a tale of a boy growing up in a violent and chaotic world, and through initial gut-wrenching experiences finds friends whom he increasingly trust to guide and teach him on his path through life. The action of the story is often presented in vividly focused and affecting scenes, deftly executed. Who can not sympathize with Jal in the scenes when his family is torn apart by the war? When even his uncle Joulh has to leave him: almost the last thread of family security? All alone, and heart-broken, with no relief in sight, he drops off to sleep sobbing and the nightmare of his situation. If we have not been there in reality, at least with a little imagination we may enter into Jal’s experience vicariously. This scene is a sample of what is to come; there is plenty more just like it–but with a lot more sunshine! Really the whole journey is almost entirely sunshine: the progressing journey is bathed in an atmosphere of joy and light, with only an occasional reference to shadows in the past and the outlying regions contiguous to the land of their journey. The entire action of the story is also essentially moved along by the dialogue of the characters in the story, and the reader notices the maturing effects produced on Jal–the development of his social consciousness, and an increasing self-awareness! These effects are especially enhanced by all the many “stories” in which he learns about his fellow human beings, and other beings–like Syntee–inhabiting the cosmos. Jal relishes his experiences, and his reflections and meditations on these expand the horizons of his own consciousness–his inner spiritual life–and the result at the end is an optimistic and hopeful vision of the future. At the end of the journey Jal’s story is not over; neither is the reader’s–it will go on forever! It is a story, to be sure, about trust–and faith. As someone somewhere said “my upright one (We all walk upright do we not?) by faith shall live.” Is not life about faith and trust? We learn first to trust Mom and Dad–especially Mom. Then our friends, and our teachers. Ninety percent plus (90%+) of what we all believe rest on our faith in what others tell us, and through our own experience and judgments (that of listening to a lot of stories–like those Sammie is always telling Jal!) we either accept or rejects those beliefs. It all ultimately depends on who we accept and trust as our guides and teacher(s)! No matter how we read “The Boy Who Walked A Way,” one notes that the story never looses touch with the fundamental issues and patterns of human experience.”
  • Readers’ Favourite: 4* – “”The Boy Who Walked a Way” by Nancy Janes takes us to the year 2162 where a young boy named Jal Valhyn is caught in the middle of chaos and violence. The country he lives in is at war and the world government with a basis in humanistic principles of peace has fallen. Jal is alone and seemingly helpless when suddenly he has a chance encounter with a being that is invisible. This encounter starts him out on a 7 day journey. Jal will not be on this journey alone; rather he has two companions who are appointed to support him and they set out for a safe haven that is far away from the violence and chaos that has surrounded him. This is a very interesting concept for a book and had me thinking about a lot of different things as I read. I cannot say that I blame Val one moment for walking away from all the chaos and turmoil. He really does take a journey of faith when he decides to go away on that walk. Don’t we all have those moments especially with how things go in today’s society where we would like to do the same? I think no matter where your core values are based this book will appeal to you on a faith level. Nancy Janes created a story that is both complex and simple and interesting. There were a few small points I found myself a little confused on as if they did not quite fit into the story being told, but they were not major plot points and overall did not take away from the book. I would recommend this book to adults and young adults who like to think while they read and enjoy a good story.”
  • Thy Word is Truth: 10* – “The Boy Who Walked A Way by author Nancy Janes is a delightful and inspiring fantasy novel about a young boy and his discovery of the power of the faith and belief that lies within.  It was the year 2162, the world was in chaos and his country was at war.  Surrounded by violence and conflict, Jal Valhyn is completely alone.  He has lost everything, including his dear loved ones.  But not to worry, he has a visitation by two invisible beings and sets off on a seven-days journey to another place.  A place where there is peace and happiness. On this journey, each day is a discovery of life lessons and new friendships.  The boy quickly learns that there is so much more to life than what we can see with our eyes.  He learns to trust in mastering his own inner-self and not being dictated to by life’s ever flowing ebb and flow.  He discovers the power of reliance on inner trust and the power of believing.  This is a touching story of a boy on a journey; that all can relate to, for we all have our own journeys to conquer. Epically written and filled with grand detail into the chaotic world the boy escaped from, this novel comes from the author’s love of literary work that expresses the divine, lovely and sometimes chaotic experience of all walks of life.  With the use of descriptive imagery and dialogue, the reader will be pulled in and will want to know what happens next.  This is a deeply touching novel that will touch the innocent child in all of us and encourage us to keep our faith whatever life circumstances may bring.”

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