The Hunter's Son by Gregg Luke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from the publisher to review.
Genre: Book of Mormon based fiction.
Book Description: 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 . . .
My thoughts: Jarem is a young man put in a difficult situation. He has just joined "The Brotherhood of the Leopard" with his friends from his village when they are attacked by their enemy, the Lamanites. His life is turned upside down, his parents murdered, and he is now a prisoner to be sold as a slave.
This is an interesting story that shows the character of Jarem and a man who saves him on many occasions, Chemish. Chemish is a healer who does not like war. He becomes a mentor and the two an unlikely pair, the Lamanite and the Nephite. I love how they prove that sworn enemies can have compassion and become friends with one another.
This story is an adventure. There are many moments when you think it will be the end of Jarem. He is a strong willed young man. He exhibits faith and the knowledge of the hunt and survival that he learned from his father.
I enjoyed how the author was able to take his knowledge of natural medicine and incorporate it into the book with the character of Chemish, the healer. It added a great aspect to the story, it made it seem true to the time period, and I believe that the use of many of the natural remedies are a lost art. It was fun to have pharmacist bring this into the story line.
There are also other characters who are strong I came to appreciate. I also enjoyed a new perspective on some of the characters that I love from the Book of Mormon. This book does contain violence.
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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) 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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