Brian's life is a hard one. Abandoned by his father, abused by his alcoholic mother, and mocked by his classmates, his only treasures are his beloved little brother and his old guitar.Then Brian finds a magical amulet in his attic, and things begin to change. Soon he has more power and wealth than he's ever dreamed of, and for a while all seems to be well.But Brian has madBrian's life is a hard one. Abandoned by his father, abused by his alcoholic mother, and mocked by his classmates, his only treasures are his beloved little brother and his old guitar.Then Brian finds a magical amulet in his attic, and things begin to change. Soon he has more power and wealth than he's ever dreamed of, and for a while all seems to be well.But Brian has made a terrible mistake which may cost him everything, and his only hope is to seek out the Fountain at the Heart of the World, wherever that may be. A beautiful tale of what it means to have faith even when God seems to be asking the impossible....
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Unclouded Day Reviews
This was another one of those books that once I started it I sat up until I finished it. I was so engaged I thought I had read a short story. The time flew by so quickly. I felt so sorry for Brian and his younger brother. The story starts off with such heartbreak when we learn what type of mother they have. She is the type of person you really want to hate. You don’t hear much about the father until later on. This story, although fantasy has so much to teach us. When Brian finds the amulet he kind of lets the power go to his head. I have been a fan of the TV show “Once Upon A Time”. Mr. Gold aka Rumplestiltskin has a saying every time someone comes to him for magic. He reminds them that they need to remember that “magic comes with a price”. It seems that Brian never thought about the price of using the amulet until it was almost too late. What I didn’t understand was why his mom waited so long to let him know she knew he had it. It added another layer of hardness and uncaring to her character. This story has a redemptive side. This is an allegorical novel. It can be read by young and old, Christian and Non-Christian and be enjoyed by all. I read this as an e-book. This is a book I most definitely want to get for my classroom. I even know which student is going to get to check it out first. This is definitely an author that needs to be recommended more often. I look forward to reading and reviewing another of his books I have called “Tycho”. Go ahead and check him out.
Without giving away any spoilers, Unclouded Day, on a high level, is a story of redemption told through the adventures of Brian, a 14 year old boy, from an abusive home. Immediately your heart goes out to him and from cover to cover you’ll find yourself cheering him on as he strives to redeem himself from circumstances that he unknowingly put himself into. Ultimately this is a solid Christian tale told by a seasoned author who knows his craft. I love any story with a message and this one has several. In the word’s of Miss Sadie, one of my favorite characters, “Joy is what the world was made for, even if people don’t remember that very often nowadays”. But more importantly, the main message, at least for me, was that it’s not so much our job of making heaven on earth but turning men in that direction. Being a disciple is what Jesus asks his followers and from this reviewers perspective that was a creatively conveyed within these pages Although the target audience appears to be young adults I wouldn’t pass this book up even if you’re an older demographic as myself. The dialog was genuine and the plot well thought out. Kudos to William Woodall. I look forward to reading his other books and highly recommend this one to whoever wishes to be inspired.
I am an older reader, and I must say that I absolutely LOVED this book that is geared to the young adult. What a journey! I love how the author writes with real-life, not larger-than-life, characters that young people can identify with. The protagonist, Brian Stone, age 14, has grown-up before his time due to his dysfunctional home life, but thanks to the Grace of God, his heart had not hardened. However, as we learn in the story, even the best of intentions that are not fully thought out can lead to serious consequences. Brian leads us on a heart-felt, adventurous quest to right his wrongs. I was reading the story so intensely, that I became physically cold at reading about the icy mountain waters, and I felt as though I was right there in the action. I didn't want to put it down! Thank you, Mr. Woodall for a great book!
I was a little wary of this book at first, but afterwards, I thought it was pretty awesome. The basic plot of the book is that Brian finds an amulet in the attic that lets him do pretty much whatever he wants. Because he is very poor and lives only with his abusive alcoholic mother and much younger brother, he feels powerful and uses it to change things. But then the power ends and everything he touched goes back to the way it was while every living thing he touched gets sick and dies. Desperate to save his brother, he goes on a quest to find the fountain that the amulet now points him to with the help of his acquaintance turned friend, Rachael.This book was a fun read that was around the 7th-8th grade reading level. I liked how it was an adventure novel that was for preteens without a ton of romance (there really was none at all) but that actually dealt with issues we all have. Plus, it was a book about Christian characters without being totally all about God but still with the good message, so that was nice.I definitely recommend this book for Christian 6th-9th graders who like adventure and also reality-based fiction.
Part allegory, part coming of age, part spiritual awakening, this book is about a teenage boy living with an alcoholic mother and a fragile younger brother. Even his mother is quick to tell him the truth that the solution Brian thinks he has found to his sad and sometimes terrifying life is the wrong one. Will his little brother pay the price for his short-sightedness, his simple plan to "make everything better"?When his easy fixes begin to crumble to ashes Brian is forced to examine his own motives and what is really important to him. An elderly stranger and a desperate, outcast new friend push him to search for the real power to make the world a better place. What is the source of healing, of restoration, of hope? Is it in magic and ancient legends or is it closer to home, from a different source, far from "the center of the world"? The physical quest and the spiritual one are intertwined all along the way.
This is a great story about a young man who, despite his awful lifestyle, finds God's help and favor. There is a lot of first person narrative in this book. If that bothers you, you might not like it as much as I did. The story is told through the eyes of a fourteen year old boy. This is the first of a series and in my opinion you should read the books in order. I had a chance to Beta read the third book and parts of it were pretty confusing without reading this one first. The author, William Woodall was gracious enough to give me books one and two. I am so glad. This is a refreshing fantasy written with a Christian view. I give it 4 stars. A good read for ages Jr. High and Up.
This was an excellent read. I wasn't sure I would like it at first-but I highly recommend it. I'm going to encourage my 16 year old to read it. I think it would be great for Jr. High/High School age-possibly even Middle School age. The story revolves around a teenage boy who finds an amulet and what happens when he finds out it has magic powers and uses it without realizing the consequences. It has Christian overtones but it sneaks up on you- works very well with the story line.
A genuine feel good storyI didn't know what to expect, but I'm happy I read the book. It touches the heart with that longing many of us have on our better days. But I don't want to spoil anything. Read the book!