The Charlatan’s Boy, a novel by Jonathan Rogers, was my attempt to insert a break from my usual theological reading. Sometimes, you just need a good story to give the brain a rest and find refreshment. Rogers’ novel for young adults was exactly what I needed – a wonderful romp through the land of Corenwald, the Feechiefen, and a beautiful entanglement of myth, memory and folk stories.

At the center of the tale is Grady, the titular character, a boy with no solid history and part of a traveling show that has long relied on the folklore of the feechies. Rogers has given a strong and coherent voice to Grady who narrates this tale of deception, adventure and longing for identity. This is a story that will resonate with children and adults alike and so sits happily on the shelf with the best of youth fiction, crossing the age divide and offering a story with depth and meaning that will long be remembered and oft’ be discussed.

Check out this first book before the sequel emerges later this year.

A review copy was provided to me at no charge by the publisher. No attempt was made to gain a favorable review, and all opinions and recommendations expressed are the author’s own.