Journey Through the Advent Calendar

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
320 Pages
Reviewed on 02/08/2023
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Reviewed by Nino Lobiladze for Readers' Favorite

Zach lost his parents in a horrific accident. Now he lives with his uncle, a Catholic priest named Father Joe. They are not close as Zach has turned away from his friends and relatives to avoid feeling pain. Zach goes to school and attends mass, staying in the background and avoiding any attention from those around him. But all that changes when Father Joe gives him an early Christmas gift, an Advent Calendar that looks like a wooden tree with doors and candle holders. Zach is reluctantly mesmerized by the wonderfully carved tree. Zach noticed a subtle glow of light from behind the first door of the calendar and tries to open it. Little did he know that there was a whole magical world of Burra Din hiding behind that little door. Journey Through the Advent Calendar by Rachel Browdy is a thrilling and adventure-filled pilgrimage across the four lands of Burra Din.

Journey Through the Advent Calendar is a spiritual odyssey, taking us to the very root of every ancient legend. Rachel Browdy understands the inner turmoil of a boy who has recently lost his parents and decided to build a wall between himself and the surrounding world. More than that, she offers healing, just like Vera, a protector of the land of Fidem, one of the most amazing characters. Browdy demonstrates a profound knowledge of human nature, inviting us to ponder the challenges of Burra Din along with Zach. This young boy is only 14, but he experiences a psychological transformation, learning how to fight personal demons. This marvelous fantasy novel is based on a biblical story, but Browdy avoids moralizing of any kind. The gifts of Burra Din are for the pure-hearted, and Browdy leads us on the right path toward them by providing exceptional guides. The four protectors of the lands of Burra Din are based on the beloved Catholic saints who surprise us with their qualities. The adventurous aspect and rich imagery are ideal for an engaging movie. The plotline is strong and its twists are unpredictable. Browdy lovingly and tenderly brings the Christian teachings to readers of different cultural backgrounds, reminding us what lies at its very core.