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The Journey (The Adventures of Jecosan Tarres, #1) [Kindle Edition]

Laura Lond
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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.

The Journey is approximately 60,000 words (192 pages in the printed edition).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 443 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1460938410
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #901,812 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 international corporations like Xerox Ltd. and Fluor Daniel. After moving from Europe to the United States, she has been self-employed as a freelancer.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing story 10 May 2011
By Peter Piper TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Exciting, engaging and especially suspenseful: a real adventure. Each obstacle the boy faces seems insurmountable but through faith, perseverance and by adhering to his beliefs, he succeeds in new and surprising ways.

The story has a very warm, safe atmosphere to it, as though Jecosan's life is in some way protected. I enjoyed the story very much and will be recommending it to my son who is twelve and for whom it will be most appropriate.

This the first of three involving Jecosan's quest and I feel compelled to buy the next one to see what scrapes the boy gets into and how he escapes to achieve the difficult goal he has been set.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Edifying-What More Could You Want! 3 Mar. 2006
By Ransomed - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Adventures of Jecosan Tarres 14 Jan. 2004
By A Customer - Published on
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.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute Christian Children's Fantasy 20 Feb. 2011
By Rachel - Published on
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superbly written novel with strong moral values 19 July 2003
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
The first volume of a trilogy, The Adventures Of Jecosan Tarres, Book 1: The Journey by Laura Lond is a superbly written novel with strong moral values which is suitable for readers as young as ten, yet deliberately written to appeal to readers of all ages. Following the life of a young man orphaned at the age of eight, and his struggles to enter the king's service and help prevent war breaking out in his country, The Adventures of Jecosan Tarres brings to life fantastic settings and crucial problems along with the travails of growing up and coming of age.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic coming of age fantasy 9 Nov. 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
By the time Jecosan "Jeco" Tarres turns eight, he is an orphan, but remains strong because his mother and the priest Shaledan taught him well and to believe that ever person serves a purpose. He gets on though not easily for about a year until blacksmith Dalian Veligor and his mother befriend him like a kind uncle and grandma; give him a job as an apprentice at the smithy; and a place for him and his canine companion Gart to stay.

An Elgur messenger of the heavens arrives with an assignment for Jeco to journey to the capital of Meoria, Kanavar, in order to prevent a war from occurring. Jeco accepts the task though he fears he is not capable of achieving the goal. Still he knows he will do his best and more as he, accompanied by his friend Dalian, begins the trek with enemies everywhere trying to stop him from completing his mission and allies helping him; the problem is outside of Dalian it is impossible to tell friend from foe.

This opening gamut of The Adventures of Jecosan Tarres is a fantastic coming of age fantasy starring a young hero who believes in himself and his cause. The support cast especially the ethical Dalian enables the reader to better understand Jeco as he accepts his impossible quest with some doubts that he will not allow to incapacitate him. THE JOURNEY is dangerous with some factions wanting the youngster dead, but in spite of harrowing experiences, he bravely continues his trek. Fans of all ages will root for Jeco who makes this a stirring character driven thriller that will send fans seeking the continuation of his adventures (see THE PALACE).

Harriet Klausner
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