This is directed at an L.D.S. audience. It would be easy for non-L.D.S. to decipher, just knowing the Lamanites were ancient American Indians & the Nephites were the ancient American Caucasians.
This was a very interesting story if a young teenager who escaped annihilation because of initiation into a secret club. However, he was devastated, to the point of stumbling and breaking his leg, to find his whole village, including his family were slaughtered by the Lamanites. Suddenly his world went black and when he awoke, one of the Lamanites was standing above him and declared he decided to spare his life and make him a slave.
Among the Lamanites there was a Healer. He seemed kind and set Jarem's leg and put him on the horse with him.
Among the few slaves was a beautiful girl about Jarem's age. H would soon become very close to her.
Before reaching the final destination, the youth concocted a plan to escape. They split up, but later Jarem and the young lady were captured and put into slavery. After a couple of years, they were separated and when the forlorn Jarem was on the slave auction block, he miraculously became reunited with the Healer, Chemish, who made Jarem his "apprentice".
The adventures continued.
This was an entertaining story, perfect for L.D.S. Young Men and Young Women.
It contains a wealth of information of ancient herb concoctions and of how overcoming hatred and prejudice can create strong friendships.
The characters are very well portrayed and the scenes were vivid.
This earns a Four and a Half Stars rating.
Have you ever had to stop reading a book that you were really into, in order to read another book? Well, sadly, that is what happened when I got this book. And because of that, I started reading with the attitude of "Just hurry and get this over with so I can get back to my other book." Folks, don't do that to yourself. Especially not with this book. It's a good one. I don't think that I have ever marked pages in a fictional novel before, but with this book, I did it twice. Once for "Never let your emotions control your actions" (Those of you who have children might understand just how difficult that can be at times.) and the other time was for "I found that the more I helped others, the better I felt about myself." There is a lot of great wisdom to be found in just those two phrases.
This story has a lot of heartache and sorrow and horrible things in it, but there is also a lot of good. Jarem finds himself in a position no one would ever want to be in. But - through some trial and error - he lets his goodness shine through, and that helps him to survive in some pretty nasty circumstances.
Chemish is a good man, through and through. He is the kind of person that we should all strive to be like. He saves Jarem in more ways than one.
I am glad that I was given the opportunity to read this book, and plan on having my older two boys read it as well. Not only is it a very entertaining novel, but they can learn a lot from the lessons in these pages.
This book was so great! I loved everything about it!
This book is set in Nephite times, it follows the experiences of Jarem, a young Nephite. I loved how it shows him as a normal young man trying to fit in, at the beginning. He's joining a secret society, but things go horribly wrong when his village is attacked by a group of blood thirsty Lamanites who leave virtually no survivors. I loved Jarem. He grew up so fast when he realized just what had happened in his village. I loved the way he was watching out for the kids that were taken at the same time he was. He never forgot or gave up on any of them. I loved how selfless he was during the book. There were several times when he was more concerned about those around him.
I liked Chemish. He's a selfless Lamanite healer who saves Jarem several times throughout the story. Just when I thought all was lost for Jarem, Chemish was there to save him. So great! And I really love how his story ends.
There's also Zanesh. She isn't in the story from start to end, but Jarem is certainly thinking of her from the point he knows her in the story to the end. I love her strength and willingness to do anything she can for Jarem.
The plot of this one was so great! I loved the whole story line. Jarem would never have chosen to have dealt with what happened to him, but just like all of us, he grew so much from the things that he went through. I don't know what he would have said, but I suspect that he wouldn't have changed his circumstances if he could have.
This is such a great book, I didn't want to put it down!