|Between Two Kingdoms
Joe Boyd, the author of Between Two Kingdoms, takes the reader to a fantastical world where the boundary between good and evil is abundantly clear. On one side of the Gate of Separation, there is a land filled with seven- year-olds who never age, who build tree houses and eat chocolate chip cookies for breakfast. Stepping through the gate, there is a darkness of spirit and a rapid aging of the body for residents of the land which is ruled by a false prince. Eternally seven-year-old Tommy and his friends are sent on a mission by the Great King and Good Prince to help the people of the lower kingdom find their way to the Great King and eternal childhood. They encounter obstacles and deceptions at each step of their journey, and the world itself causes them to transform and at times question their beliefs. There are some truly intriguing aspects to the book: Phantom Messengers, a singing river, and mystical gifts bestowed by the Great King.
The cover for Between Two Kingdoms is beautifully illustrated, and the book itself is an unusual size, shorter and wider than most paperbacks. I found it to be a quick read with only 191 pages. Although described as an allegory, I was put more in mind of a group of connected parables. It is divided into chapters that seem to be self-contained. Each offers a moral or insight which could be used as daily devotions. I also feel compelled to say I had a hard time connecting with the characters. They did not develop as I’d hoped, and I did not come away believing I knew Tommy or the others any better by the end of the book. The author and publisher state that it is adult fiction, but I think this would be a terrific book to share with children or teens, especially those who enjoy The Chronicles of Narnia.
Tracey received a copy of Between Two Kingdoms for review. MMCW writers are not compensated and only give reviews based on their honest opinon.