For as long as Jarem can remember, the war between the Nephites and Lamanites has raged on. But for the young Nephite, there is security in the knowledge that the ruthless Lamanite warriors would never dare cross the border into his village—until the unthinkable happens. A Lamanite raiding party defies boundaries, destroying the village and killing Jarem's family. Enslaved to his enemies, Jarem must rely on his faith in God as he endures unimaginable hardships at the hands of the Lamanites—including being cruelly separated from the woman he loves.
But even amid trials, there is goodness to be found. When Chemish, Master Healer of the Lamanites, takes ownership of Jarem, the young man discovers unexpected kindness. Jarem becomes the healer's apprentice, and soon Chemish finds his soul stirred by the Christian faith of his student. But even as the bond between the two unlikely friends grows, the hatred of the Lamanites spreads. It is no longer enough for them to own the Nephites—they want to exterminate every one of them, and even personal slaves are no longer safe. Now, Jarem's only hope of survival is a dangerous escape that will take him through the heart of Lamanite land . . .
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.
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Title: The Hunter's Son Author: Gregg Luke Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. Published: November 2017 ISBN: 1524402524 Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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