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The Boy Who Walked A Way

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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-day journey. With his two ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published March 3rd 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Kingdom
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Josh L
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
You can read my full review at Quieted Waters.
The Amazon page for this book indicates that it was written for the young adult genre, but it strikes me as an excellent book to read aloud to young children. The story is set in an imaginative fantasy world that would pique the interest of even young listeners, but the vocabulary is expansive and impressive. Sentences like, “They increased their authority by giving generous service in a self-effacing manner” offer an excellent opportunity for an
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Brices Mice Christian Book Reviews
In the story, The Boy Who Walked A Way, youngster Jal Valyhn, desperate to find his parents and uncle, sets off on a remarkable journey with the help of two likable and loving guides. Along the way, many encounters lead Jal to ask questions of this great new country they are traveling through. He learns many new lessons along the way, things he hasn't even learned in his studies. He is highly motivated to reach his final destination in hopes of being reunited with his family.

The story starts out
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My original The Boy Who Walked A Way audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

The Boy Who Walked A Way is set in the future where peace is both valued and carefully monitored. As is the case with most societies, greed for power made war imminent. Jal Valhyn is a young man whose parents are conscripted into the war efforts leave him behind in the care of his Uncle. After a short time, his uncle disappears due to his job with the war and the war creeps closer and closer
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Miamikel SS
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Overview: 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's 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 day 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
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Gloria  Lupo
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Boy Who Learned Faith, Patience, and Courage

In The Boy Who Walked a Way, Nancy Janes creates a fantasy world of tragedy, beauty, and social significance in which her 10-year-old protagonist Jal travels from confusion and fear to faith and courage. In the mid 2100's, after a long peace on earth, war breaks out, and country after country is drawn into it.

Jal is torn from his parents, who are called to military service. Not long afterward, he and his Uncle Joulh must flee their home and their
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Nikki Rosen
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Boy Who Walked Away by Nancy Janes is a gentle story set in the future, the year 2162. After years of peace, war breaks out. The parents of young Jal are called to fight. Jal is left to survive on his own. He misses his parents terribly. In his grief and sadness, he experiences a `spiritual' encounter and is sent on a journey. He is accompanied by two `unusual' guides, Bea and Sammie, a swan and butterfly. With their help, Jal finds comfort and learns many valuable lessons along the way. ...more
Elle Klass
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book as it isn't my usual style but I wasn't disappointed. The story is intriguing and mystical as a boy sets off on a journey with fable like creatures in a world that is "dreamlike" at least that is what my brain registered as I read. The author has a fantastic imagination.There are so many stories within the story and each reader will find a different value. I found the book to be uplifting and unique. It is an enjoyable read.
Linda Boyd
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing and remarkable book for all ages. Comparable to C.S. Lewis with its biblical themes and human characteristics of the bird and the insect. I saw butterfly’s magic long after reading this book. Take life’s greatest journey to the “peaceable kingdom” with Jal and his friends and find your faith in God restored. A wise adventure you will not forget. Colorful themes, rich inspiration. A great read.
Kim Justice
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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What a wonderful written book about a boy and a fantasy world. A story that I will enjoy sharing with my grandkids in just a few years. For the most of them love to read and I feel:

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Helen
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“What ever the cause of our troubles we can use them to construct sturdy inner self or we will live a defeated life.”
The Boy Who Walked Away, by Nancy Janes, is a futuristic fantasy story written for young adults. Set in 2162, during wartime, this story is of a ten year old boy, Jal, who's parents are sent to war and is left behind with his uncle. When his uncle does not return when expect, Jal goes out. He wakes up beneath a willow tree with a voice telling him to go to his Grandfather Moutyn.
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Debbie
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like "The Boy Who Walked A Way" by Nancy Janes by I have to stay I really didn't like it. I actually feel pain at giving this book two stars because I know authors really work hard at writing the stories. I think the journey was just too long and then when Jal Valhyn get to the end of the journey, his parents and uncle still isn't there, and throughout the story, he is told they would be.

This story just didn't seem reliable to me even if it is a fantasy. I mean, I can't
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WordsAPlenty received from the author a copy of The Boy Who Walked A Way by Nancy Janes in exchange for an honest review.

The Boy Who Walked A Way is set in a futuristic world where peace has been agreed upon and valued. The peace does not last and war erupts. Jal Valhyn, a young man whose parents are required to join the war efforts, leaves him in the care of his uncle. Suddenly Jal finds he is alone in a violent and chaotic world. His uncle disappears leaving him helpless, afraid and to fend
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R.R. Hayden
There’s a lot that can be said about The Boy Who Walked a Way. What I want to mention first, is that having a preface and prologue seemed a little unnecessary. It may have been better to combine them. I’m also not a fan of talking to the reader to end the prologue and begin the story. The reader understands where they are entering into the story, it’s not necessary to announce it.

It was difficult reading the entire book. The characters are very 2-dimensional which made it really hard to relate
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Shirley Scurlock
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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ISBN: 9781479139071 | List Price: $12.98 |Format: Softcover | Page Count: 240

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-day journey. With his two appointed
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Diane
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Boy Who Walked A Way is set in 2162, where violence has left a young boy alone and embroiled in a war. His life is about to be changed, however, by an invisible benefactor who offers him a path away from the violence and adversity that dominate his world - and so Jal embarks on a journey that leads him to new experiences, new friendships, and a sense of salvation in a world gone mad.

The notion of a peaceful kingdom existing amid the confusion and chaos of war is not a new one. What is
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Mark
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read another book by Nancy James that was absolutely fantastic! Her writing style is so futuristic and very exciting, so I decided to give The Boy Who Walked Away a try. This book had me from the very first page and I found it very difficult to put down. I loved how the book took me to unexpected places and encouraged my mind to think about new things. The entire book was interesting and I loved all parts of it.

The book is set in the future and is about Jal Valhyn and his country is going
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Blake Sabor
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Boy Who Walked Away is a beautifully written story that highlights the talents of a seasoned storyteller. As I read the book, I got a sense that I was hearing the story being told to me. It reminded me of the stories my grandmother told me before bed when I was a child. Those cherished tales handed down from generation to generation in the oral tradition. High marks for style. The writer knows how to paint a picture with her words. The imagery is sumptuous and marvelously described. At its ...more
Jennifer Clausen-greene
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This was a really hard book for me to get into. I would compare the book to that of something C.S. Lewis would write with its biblical themes and human characteristics of the duck and the butterfly. It was hard for me to get into the characters and really follow what was going on. It had a lot of twists and turns and too much allegory for my taste, but my daughter enjoyed it alot. She thought it was very fanciful and reminder her of a dreamland. She enjoyed the humor of the
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Heather
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish Jal's story could go on and on! What an amazing story of a little boy who had to live through things I couldn't even imagine, and much of it doing it alone. I, as an adult, felt helpless just reading the words; going through it would be unimaginable. I love to really feel like I become part of the story of the books I read, and Jal and his character had my heart from the beginning, so it was very emotional and intense for me to imagine a child (not far off from the age of my kids) this ...more
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Nancy Janes grew up in the Appalachians of Kentucky and then moved to an urban setting in mid-adolescence. She attended Wayne State University in Detroit and obtained a Masters degree in Social Work. After a career in mental health she returned to writing and finds the demands of writing as absorbing as her former occupation.

She has released another work Night Rumbles based loosely on the book
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“Our days and years are strung upon
The thread that runs so true.
The game of life is played and
Lost to love.

-Nancy Janes

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