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 . . .
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.
Gregg Luke is a practicing pharmacist. He received his medical training at the University of Utah. He has been writing since he could put pen to paper. He enjoys medical thrillers and is one of the first to work this genre into the LDS market.
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