The Hidden Way


Young Adult - Fantasy - Epic
348 Pages
Reviewed on 04/15/2022
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Author Biography

A graduate of The Rhode Island School of Design, Harrison Love is a painter, author, and illustrator. An American artist born in New York growing up in Brussels Belgium, Harrison started his arts education early in European schools and under the tutelage of his artistic family. 
 
As a young adult having lived and worked in places as diverse as New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore, Peru, Colombia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, the nomadic life and influences of Harrison Love are not neatly categorized. 
 
The style of Harrison’s work is derived from the art of calligraphy in combination with the modern stylings of contemporary American Graffiti. Harrison has created murals for Google, The City of Detroit, and for The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. His work has been shown around the world and is a part of the artists collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
 
In 2021 Harrison Love’s illustrated novel, “The Hidden Way,” was published and has received acclaim from known writers and critics. The illustrated novel explores the amazing and boundless universe of Amazonian Myths and Folklore. All of the research for the book was derived from his first hand expeditions into the Amazon from 2008-2010. “The Hidden Way,” is available at Barnes & Noble and also at the Stonington Free Library.

Harrison currently lives and works from his studio in Brooklyn NY, where he continues to produce paintings and writing, as well as organize exhibitions and fundraisers.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Delene Vrey for Readers' Favorite

Of all indigenous peoples in the world, the Incas and the tribes found in the Amazon jungle are those whose culture and history have not been preserved much in written texts. Much of their history was lost with the conquistadores and the slaughter of a great many people. The Hidden way by Harrison M Love artfully takes the loose myths and legends of the peoples around the Amazon as told by a Yuyachij (a rememberer of the people of the Amazon), weaving them into a powerful tale of coming of age. Khay is a young girl and the granddaughter of a Shaman. After having survived one tragedy already, when an ominous sign appears in the image of the Kalkus, Khay and her grandfather leave to find the hidden way to the city in the middle of the jungle that has kept their culture safe from the outside world. On their journey, Khay's grandfather starts to teach her the Shaman's way, although it is not allowed. Khay is strong and wants to learn, but she suffers a significant loss when she finds what they are looking for. She has to decide which direction her road will lead and what she can offer the world.

The Hidden way by Harrison M Love is a work of art. Telling the story of a journey through the different landscapes found in the Amazon, highlighting the many different animals and plant life, and then adding the myths and legends together with the metaphysical aspects is a brilliant concept. With the beautiful images that complement the chapters, the book takes the reader into another world where myths and the spiritual world are found in abundance. The end reconnects with the beginning, where the rememberer describes what the position of rememberer entails and means. I love the illustrations that give the reader a visual idea of what the story wants to convey. This is a must-read for anyone enthralled by indigenous myths and legends. But be warned that as you embark on this adventure through the jungle, you will learn many things, supported by the writing style and word choice.