In Joe Boyd's fairy tale, Between Two Kingdoms, everyone in the Upper Kingdom is eternally seven years old. Those in the Lower Kingdom age normally. The two Kingdoms are divided by the Gate of Separation, and both are filled with tree houses. The Great King and Good Prince preside over the Upper Kingdom, while the Lower Kingdom is ruled by the Dark Prince. When Tommy is asked to go to the Lower Kingdom, he is speechless. Why would he leave the Upper Kingdom? Why would he leave his friends again? But, because the Good Prince asks him too, he obeys.
Tommy is first sent into the Lower Kingdom to find a friend of his whom he met when he was there before. After finding him, with the Good Prince by his side, he is able to persuade his friend, Bobby, to come back to the Upper Kingdom with him. The two go back, and Bobby turns into a seven-year-old again. But, something went wrong while he was in the Lower Kingdom. He wasn't sent alone, but with two other companions: Luke and Amanda. While Amanda was playing with two girls, trying to get them to go to the Upper Kingdom with her, Luke went off on his own and was captured by the Dark Prince. Luckily, the Good Prince is later able to rescue him and take him back to His Father. All is well, until the Good Prince tells Tommy he must go back to the Lower Kingdom for a while, because of the plot the Dark Prince has against Him and His Father. The Good Prince tells Tommy it was what he was born to do.
In this action-filled, analytical story of the Kingdom of Heaven and of Darkness, author Joe Boyd spins a plot that is engaging and that makes the reader not want to put the book down. He uses the power of storytelling to bring hope and to lead others to Christ. Boyd does a wonderful job of developing the characters and making them seem real. His dialogue is well written and the story is very engaging. The book was also fast to read, even with 191 pages.
I would recommend Between Two Kingdoms to preteens, since it is more of a fairy tale, however I'm sure anyone would enjoy it. It would make a great book to read and then discuss in a youth group setting. – Mindy T. Kreilein, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
In this work of allegorical fantasy, author Joe Boyd takes us on a pilgrimage to a land of two kingdoms, but only one true King. An ancient land, where children never grow old. A living land, where foundations grow in trees and rivers sing and breathe. But also a dying land, where the darkness of a false prince threatens to swallow everything in its shadow.
Enter the adventure with Tommy, a child of the Great King, as he and his friends accept the challenge to live as grown men and women in the Lower Kingdom—where hope is hidden, vision is clouded, and pride twists truth into a beautiful yet deadly deception.