–by Michael Pierce
THE CHANNELER: BOOK 1 – THE CONTINUUM SERIES by Jenna Ryan. Published January 14, 2019 by TCK Publishing. Photos courtesy of the publisher.
Caleb Swift is exhausted. After all, he’s been struggling with insomnia for as long as he could remember. And, for as long as he could remember, he would occasionally be visited by his friend Gabriel. Gabriel seemed to just show up, seemingly out of nowhere, and neither of them knew exactly why. People thought Gabe was an imaginary friend. He had wings.
Caleb’s mom died. He was raised by Nikki. Aunt Nikki, although she really wasn’t. Caleb had visions. Visions that caused indescribable pain. They were visions that he didn’t really understand. Gabe showed up often after these visions. He didn’t really understand them either.
He’s in college now. The visions seem to come more often. He has one friend who seems to understand it all. Gabe still comes around.
Then Darla shows up, and Caleb’s life will never be the same again.
That’s all I’m gonna tell you about the plot of THE CHANNELER, the first novel by Jenna Ryan. Jenna has brought together one of the most interesting casts of characters that I’ve ever encountered. I haven’t read a whole lot of fantasy fiction, but this book strings the reader along on an easy to follow tale of spine –tingling adventure.
More than that, THE CHANNELER is a story of family. Biological family. Family lost then found. People who wander into Caleb’s life and stick around. People who accept him for who and what he is. People not always related by blood, but who genuinely care about each other and always have each other’s backs. A group of folks who have the ability to coexist under the same roof and learn about, and from, each other.
It’s also a story of courage. Caleb is able to see into the future, yet his visions are sometimes a bit cryptic. Once he understands what they mean and who will be affected he does what he has to do to use his powers to help others.
THE CHANNELER is a great book for older kids and adults of all ages. It’s a great story for anyone who has ever felt like an oddball, like your friends and family don’t get it. It’s an inspirational story for all of us oddballs, a story that reminds us that we can get through this life and that there is power in numbers.
By the way, there’s a cliffhanger at the end, and that’s all I’m gonna say about that. You’ll need to read the book.
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